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A Deadline Passes: Pompeo Is Staying Put

Secretary of state will not run for vacant Senate seat in Kansas

(Newser) - The passing of Monday's deadline to file to run for Kansas' open Senate seat confirmed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo won't be a candidate, per the AP . Republican leaders had not expected Pompeo to give up his post as the nation's top diplomat to seek the... More »

Cops: Driver Rams Into Man Who Opened Fire on Bridge

Police say a potential mass shooting was averted on Centennial Bridge

(Newser) - Police say an active-duty soldier "saved countless people" Wednesday when he thwarted a potential mass shooting on Centennial Bridge, which connects Kansas and Missouri. The 34-year-old soldier based at nearby Fort Leavenworth was in a vehicle on the bridge over the Missouri River around 11am when a man with... More »

Kansas Governor Rejects GOP Bid to Curb Her Powers

She says she will issue new emergency declaration

(Newser) - Kansas’ Democratic governor on Tuesday vetoed a sweeping coronavirus measure passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, ratcheting up a partisan dispute over her response to the pandemic and possibly setting up a court fight over her power to direct it. Gov. Laura Kelly not only vetoed the measure approved by lawmakers... More »

Biden Posts Mail-in Victory in Kansas, With Record Turnout

State party says results show voting by mail works

(Newser) - Kansas Democrats turned out in record numbers—by mail—to give Joe Biden a clear primary victory Saturday. The former vice president topped Sen. Bernie Sanders, 76.9% to 23%, the Hutchinson News reports. Under a caucus system in 2016, total turnout was 39,230; 146,873 votes were cast... More »

Court Backs Kansas Order on Religious Services

Legislators had tried to overrule governor

(Newser) - The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a Republican-dominated legislative panel exceeded its authority when it tried to overturn the Democratic governor's executive order banning religious and funeral services of more than 10 people during the coronavirus pandemic. The decision letting Gov. Laura Kelly’s order stand came after... More »

Governor Sues Her Own State's Lawmakers

Kansas Republicans revoked executive order limiting religious gatherings

(Newser) - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is suing Republican lawmakers who overturned her executive order limiting church gatherings in the state. The Democratic governor signed the order Tuesday limiting services to no more than 10 people, but a GOP-controlled legislative council revoked it the following day, citing religious freedom. "The last... More »

SCOTUS Holds Firm on One of Nation's Toughest Laws

High court says states are free to block insanity defense

(Newser) - Facing a challenge from a man sentenced to death for killing four people, the US Supreme Court responded Monday by upholding one of the country's strictest laws on insanity pleas. James Kahler—who claimed he was suffering from depression when he killed his two daughters, their mother, and their... More »

Kansas Governor Gets Pushback on Her Virus Move

Republicans in Kansas seek to limit Laura Kelly's emergency powers amid coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - As most of the US raced to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, conservative Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved Wednesday to limit their Democratic governor’s emergency powers, including the ability to establish quarantine zones if the need arises. Conservatives are angry with Gov. Laura Kelly's order to close... More »

Calif. Gov.: 'I Don't Think Schools Are Going to Open Again'

Gavin Newsom skeptical doors will open again before summer break; Kansas says definitely not

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he wants to tell the state the same thing he told his 6-year-old daughter Monday night: "Honey, I don't think the schools are going to open again." He says he told her: "Boy, I hope I'm wrong, but I believe... More »

10 States Waging an Aggressive War Against Coronavirus

And 10 that may need to step it up

(Newser) - As "social distancing" and "flattening the curve" become part of our coronavirus vernacular, certain states are taking extra-aggressive measures to ensure its residents stay healthy. WalletHub wanted to see which states have done the most in terms of limiting exposure to the virus, looking at nearly 36 metrics... More »

Guy Who Sought Trial by Combat Now Has an Appointment

A judge weighs in on the case of David Ostrom

(Newser) - An Iowa judge has ordered a psychological evaluation of a Kansas man who asked the judge to let him engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife and her attorney so that he can "rend their souls" from their bodies, the AP reports. David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas,... More »

Cops Asked Him to Hand Over His Daughter. He Hit the Gas

Man dies after driving pickup truck into Kansas river; 2-year-old still missing

(Newser) - A Kansas mom who went to work as usual Wednesday morning soon started receiving concerning updates from locals that her boyfriend had been seen buying liquor at a grocery store, their 2-year-old daughter in tow. Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet tells NBC News that the unidentified woman called her boyfriend—... More »

Principal Says Crossing Guard, 88, Died Saving 2 Kids

'We're just so blessed that he was there'

(Newser) - An 88-year-old crossing guard who died after being hit by a vehicle in Kansas City, Kansas, saved the lives of two children before the impact, a school principal says. Bob Nill, who the Washington Post reports was known affectionately as "Mr. Bob" to his young charges, was struck early... More »

Man Sick of Online Dating Has New $25K Idea to Find a GF

Match Jeff Gebhart up successfully and you get a lot of cash—but there are caveats

(Newser) - Jeff Gebhart wants a girlfriend, and he's got $25,000 to help him find one. KCTV reports the 47-year-old from Prairie Village, Kan., became fed up with both online dating and more traditional ways of finding a mate, so the entrepreneur hit upon a more novel idea: Offer a... More »

Brawl Breaks Out Between NCAA Rivals: 'This Is Terrible'

It happened in final seconds of game between University of Kansas, Kansas State

(Newser) - "Just no point to it." That was one ESPN announcer's reaction to the end of the NCAA basketball game Tuesday between the University of Kansas' Jayhawks and Kansas State's Wildcats. NBC News reports that, with just seconds left, the Jayhawks' Silvio De Sousa was dribbling out... More »

Captain America Actress Charged With Killing Mom

'Stark Girl' Mollie Fitzgerald jailed on $500K bond in Kansas

(Newser) - An actress who had a small part in Captain America: The First Avenger is accused of fatally stabbing her mother. Mollie Fitzgerald, who played Stark Girl in the 2011 film, has been charged with second-degree murder in the Dec. 20 death of Patricia Fitzgerald. Officers responding to a report of... More »

Officer No Longer With Force After Coffee Cup Hoax

He claimed 'f---ing pig' was written on cup

(Newser) - A small-town police officer in Kansas is off the force because of a weird hoax involving a coffee cup. Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday said Monday that the officer resigned after confessing that he had falsely claimed a McDonald's in Junction City gave him a coffee cup with the... More »

Court: Sleeping Judge Isn't Grounds for Retrial

Kansas Supreme Court decides against reversing man's conviction

(Newser) - The Kansas Supreme Court says a guilty ruling against a man accused of firearms charges shouldn’t be automatically reversed because the judge fell asleep during the first day of trial, the AP reports. The high court on Wednesday rejected a legal interpretation by the lower Kansas Court of Appeals... More »

After College Rape Allegation, Cops Went After Accuser

Charges now dropped against her in controversial University of Kansas case

(Newser) - Charges were dropped Monday in a controversial University of Kansas case involving a rape allegation. In this case, however, the controversy arose because police ended up investigating the accuser and not the accused, reports the Washington Post . Details and coverage:
  • The allegation: In September 2018, a 30-year-old grad student told
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Girl's Alleged Weapon in Threat Charge: Her Fingers

Kansas middle schooler accused of pointing 'finger gun' at classmates is hit with felony charge

(Newser) - A Kansas middle schooler has been arrested and charged with felony threatening after she reportedly made a finger-gun gesture at four other kids. The Kansas City Star reports the Sept. 18 incident took place at Westridge Middle School in Overland Park, with a source telling the paper the girl, age... More »

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