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  • Ocasio-Cortez to campaign with Bernie Sanders in Kansas

    07/14/2018 10:06:05 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/14/18 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will travel to Kansas together next week to campaign for a pair of candidates in the state, according to The Washington Post. The pair will start off in Wichita, Kansas on July 20 to campaign for James Thompson in the state’s 4th district. From there they’ll head to outside Kansas City to support former Sanders delegate Brent Welder, who is running for the Democratic nomination in the 3rd congressional district. Sanders told The Post that he and Ocasio-Cortez, a self-identified democratic socialist, organized the trip after realizing they both wanted...
  • It took a Taser to arrest a kicking, scratching, biting councilwoman, Kansas cops say

    07/11/2018 9:24:35 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 45 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 7-6-2018 | LISA GUTIERREZ
    Carol Fowler did not go quietly when deputies showed up at her door last week to arrest her on an outstanding warrant, authorities say. `````````````` Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie told the Globe that deputies took Fowler into custody at her home in Huron around 11:30 a.m. on Friday. They arrested her on a warrant for failure to show up in Atchison County District Court on December charges of being a pedestrian under the influence and interfering with law enforcement, according to the Globe. At her home, Fowler began kicking, hitting and scratching deputies, so they tased her to subdue...
  • Kansas high court again orders state to boost school funding

    06/26/2018 10:30:58 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jun 25, 2018 | John Hanna
    <p>OPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court Monday ruled for the third time in two years that the state's spending on public schools is inadequate despite an increase approved earlier this year, but gave the state another year to come up with more money.</p>
  • The untold good news story of America today

    06/23/2018 7:35:56 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18 June 2018 | Tom Geoghegan
    Political bickering has long been a roadblock to getting big things done in the US but a grassroots movement getting few headlines could yet herald a new American age of change. A green giant in a loin cloth would seem an unlikely indicator for what some describe as a revolution under way in the heart of America. But the Jolly Green Giant statue on Highway 169 in rural Minnesota wears a 48-inch (1.2m) smile for a reason. Accompanied by the slogan Dream Big, he typifies a sense of hope and renewal in the nearby city of Blue Earth that is...
  • Kansas officials told to keep enforcing voter ID law that was ruled unconstitutional

    06/20/2018 12:54:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2018 | Brett Samuels
    Kansas officials are continuing to enforce a proof of citizenship law that a federal judge recently deemed unconstitutional. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Wednesday that staff for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has directed county clerks to continue requiring voters to present documentary proof of citizenship. One county clerk said she was instructed to continue enforcing the policy "as we have been." Danedri Herbert, a spokeswoman for Kobach, told the news outlet that state officials still need time to fully understand the court’s ruling on the law. She argued that the judge did not provide a clear timeline for when...
  • Judge sides with ACLU in voter registration fight, orders Kobach to go to school

    06/18/2018 8:32:11 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 40 replies
    cjOnlinec.om ^ | 06/18/2018 | Sherman Smith
    U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Monday ruled a Kansas law that requires new voters to prove citizenship is unconstitutional and ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to return to school as punishment for repeated violations of court rules. Her 118-page ruling sides with the American Civil Liberties Union in a two-year legal battle over the law’s burden and effect on elections. She provided a damning assessment of Kobach’s witnesses, calling their evidence flawed, invalid, biased, irrelevant, unreliable and untrustworthy.
  • Judge strikes down Kansas law requiring proof of citizenship to vote

    06/18/2018 4:28:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 110 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 18, 2018 | AP
    WICHITA, Kan. — A federal judge has ruled Kansas cannot require proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, a setback for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in a case with national implications for voting rights. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson sided with voters...
  • 2 Deputies in Kansas Are Fatally Shot While Transporting Inmates

    06/17/2018 9:14:33 AM PDT · by BBell · 49 replies
    https://www.nytimes.com/ ^ | 6/16/18 | Christina Caron
    Two sheriff’s deputies in Kansas who were shot while transporting inmates from a jail to a court hearing on Friday died of their injuries, the police in Kansas City, Kan., said on Saturday. Officials said Friday that it appeared the deputies were shot with one of their own weapons. “When they pulled into the parking lot and readied to transport these inmates, they were overcome,” Maj. Kelli Bailiff, a spokeswoman for the Wyandotte County sheriff’s office, said at a news conference on Friday. “It is very possible that with their own firearm they were both shot.” A suspect was also...
  • Two Kansas sheriff's deputies killed in shooting were both parents

    06/16/2018 12:18:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 106 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 16, 2018 | Stephen Sorace, Kathleen Joyce
    The two Kansas sheriff's deputies who were fatally shot while transporting an inmate between jail and a court hearing both leave behind children. Deputy Theresa King, 44, died from her injuries Saturday after being shot in the line of duty in Kansas City on Friday. (Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office ) Deputy Theresa King had three children and Deputy Patrick Rohrer had two, Wyandotte County sheriff's Maj. Kelli Bailiff said on Saturday. King, 44, was a 13-year veteran of the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office while Rohrer, 35, was with the department for seven years. Deputy Patrick Rohrer, 35, was killed in...
  • What killed the computer hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning still a mystery

    06/07/2018 2:55:40 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 32 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 6 June 2018 | AMY RENEE LEIKER
    xactly what killed the computer hacker who gave up Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the FBI remains a mystery. Forensic pathologists who performed Adrian Lamo's autopsy were unable to determine how the 37-year-old died in March in Wichita. His autopsy report, released Wednesday afternoon, lists Lamo's cause and manner of death as "undetermined." ...
  • Illegal immigrant found guilty of killing Kansas mom, kidnapping her 6-day old baby

    06/06/2018 1:19:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 6, 2018 | By Travis Fedschun
    A woman who faked a pregnancy for several months was found guilty on Tuesday of killing her former co-worker and kidnapping the victim's newborn baby with the intent to raise the child as her own. Yesenia Sesmas, 36, an illegal immigrant who was living in Dallas at the time, drove to Wichita, Kan. to shoot 27-year-old Laura Abarca on Nov. 17, 2016, and kidnap 6-day-old Sophia Gonzales. The baby was found safe two days later in Sesmas' Dallas apartment and was returned to relatives. Jurors deliberated for less than three hours on Tuesday and found Sesmas guilty of first-degree premeditated...
  • Kansas City Apologizes After Gubernatorial Candidate Appears Beside .50 Caliber Rifle Replica

    06/03/2018 10:15:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/2/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    The city of Shawnee, Kansas, apologized to onlookers after Kansas Secretary of State and GOP gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach rode in a jeep beside a replica .50 caliber rifle. Kobach was taking part in a Johnston County parade on Saturday morning. The Kansas City Star reports that Kobach rode in a jeep on which a replica .50 caliber rifle was mounted.
  • Kansas governor candidate Jim Barnett picks wife as running mate

    06/01/2018 7:50:36 AM PDT · by DFG · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/01/2018 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    For better or worse, through sickness and health, a Kansas gubernatorial candidate has picked his wife as his mate -- for life and for lieutenant governor. Republican Jim Barnett has selected his wife, Rosie Hansen, as his running mate as he runs for governor. The pair married in September, according to The Wichita Eagle. “I’ve met and talked with people from all walks of life, from all over the state,” Barnett, a former state senator, said in a statement. “Many were qualified in some areas. Only a few were qualified in all three areas. It became clear that the one...
  • Ron Estes is running against Ron Estes

    06/01/2018 3:29:45 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 24 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 6/1/18 | Jonathan Shorman
    U.S. Rep. Ron Estes has a Republican primary opponent. His name is Ron Estes. Ron Estes — not the congressman, the other one — said Thursday he plans to run against the better-known Estes. The nonelected Estes, who filed as Ron M. Estes, lives in Wichita and is a first-time candidate. He said in a statement he is running because “our status quo elected leaders” refuse to represent the congressional district by avoiding town halls and constituents. His campaign website calls him “The Real Ron Estes.”
  • World War II-era plane crashes in Kansas after Memorial Day flyover

    05/29/2018 11:35:10 AM PDT · by DFG · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/29/2018 | Travis Fedschun
    A World War II-era plane crash-landed in Kansas after just completing flyovers for Memorial Day, officials said. The Kansas State Highway Patrol said in a crash report the pilot ran out of fuel while approaching the runway at Westport Airport in Wichita around 12:10 p.m. and attempted to restart the engine. The aircraft's engine failed to start, and the plane went down in a nearby neighborhood, police said. The 1943 Fairchild PT-23 was part of the Commemorative Air Force-Jayhawk Wing doing flyovers across the state, according to KWCH. The PT-23 was a trainer plane for the U.S. Army Air Force.
  • NBA Exec: 'Matter of time' before Kansas City gets franchise

    05/20/2018 5:11:20 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 30 replies
    The Score via MSN ^ | 5/19/18 | Wael Saghir
    A new city has emerged as a possible site for NBA expansion. One league executive told SEC Network's Jarrett Sutton that Kansas City will inevitably be awarded a franchise, as it's viewed as the NBA's most valuable market for league expansion, alongside Seattle. The Kings called Kansas City home from 1972 to 1985 before moving on to Sacramento. The state of Kansas is well-represented on the college circuit, boasting the powerhouse University of Kansas, but the addition of an NBA franchise would come as a surprise with other notable options being discussed far more. The city has an arena which...
  • 18 years later, finally answers: How investigators solved the murders of 2 Welch girls

    05/21/2018 2:35:16 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 34 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Apr 23, 2018 | Shelia Stogsdill
    VINITA — Eighteen years after two teenagers from Welch disappeared, police have arrested one of three men they say tortured and held the girls for days before strangling them to death. The killers bragged that the bodies of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible, both 16, are “in a pit in Picher,” according to an affidavit released at a news conference Monday. Ronnie Dean Busick, 66, of Wichita, Kansas, faces a host of charges in the 1999 deaths of the girls and Freeman’s parents, Kathy and Danny Freeman. He is in custody at the Harvey County, Kansas, jail. Two other suspects...
  • 'Monster' Jones may have killed 25

    11/03/2005 2:16:52 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies · 992+ views
    Mobile Register ^ | November 3, 2005 | Ron Colquitt
    Authorities say convicted murderer roamed the country, remorselessly taking lives Convicted killer Jeremy Bryan Jones is a remorseless "monster" who roamed America for more than a decade, killing as many as 25 men, women and children, law enforcement authorities said Wednesday. Jones, 32, of Miami, Okla., was convicted of four counts of capital murder last week in a Mobile County courtroom in connection with the September 2004 slaying of Lisa Marie Nichols. The jury recommended that he be put to death by lethal injection. A Mobile County Sheriff's Office investigator said during a Wednesday afternoon news conference that Jones enjoyed...
  • Researchers Say ‘intolerant’ Attitudes, not Economic Anxieties, Fueled Trump’s 2016 Victory

    05/18/2018 11:08:10 AM PDT · by ethom · 52 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | May 17 2018 | By Joanna Hlavacek
    In the year and a half since Donald Trump’s unexpected election to the presidency, a prevailing theory has emerged: It was “economic anxiety” that led disillusioned, working-class white voters to cast their ballots for the New York real-estate mogul. A recent study out of the University of Kansas suggests otherwise. Drawing from American National Elections Studies data, KU sociologist David Smith found that theory to be an inaccurate stereotype, albeit a “well-intentioned” one, that ignores the millions of white, working-class voters who he says voted against Trump because they opposed his attitudes toward minorities, Muslims, immigrants and women. “The election...
  • New law: Kansas cops can't have sex during traffic stops

    05/11/2018 4:22:00 PM PDT · by Old Yeller · 31 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 05/10/18 | Dion Lefler
    A new Kansas law makes it a crime for police to have sex with people they pull over for traffic violations or detain in criminal investigations. The new law bans sexual relations "during the course of a traffic stop, a custodial interrogation, an interview in connection with an investigation, or while the law enforcement officer has such person detained." Now, you may be asking, wasn't that illegal already? Actually, it wasn't. Kansas was one of 33 states where consensual sex between police and people in their custody wasn't a crime. That came as a surprise to members of the House...