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Headlines for Monday, June 11, 2018

Kansas to Use 'Rep.' to Distinguish Candidate with Same Name

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state board says a Kansas congressman's title will appear on the Republican primary ballot to distinguish him from a challenger with the same first and last names. The State Objections Board decided Monday that GOP voters in the 4th District in the Wichita area will choose between Representative Ron Estes and Ron M. Estes. Both are from Wichita. The secretary of state's office devised the plan. But Democratic candidate Laura Lombard objected and said the listing would give the congressman an unfair advantage in the August 7 primary. But the all-GOP board led by Secretary of State Kris Kobach concluded that trying to distinguish the candidates by middle initials still would prove too confusing to voters. The challenger did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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4 Found Dead in Suburban Kansas City Home

PARKVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say two men and two women have been fatally shot in a suburban Kansas City home.  The Platte County Sheriff's Department says the bodies were found late Sunday night at the home in Parkville.  Sheriff Mark Owen says the department is "not actively looking for a shooter."  Investigators say the victims were related but haven't specified how. A teenager who survived the shooting unharmed is being questioned by detectives.

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Lawrence Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Complete

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Lawrence has been turned over to prosecutors.  The Kansas City Star reports that the investigation, conducted by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, made no conclusions about whether a Lawrence police officer's shooting of a man during a traffic stop broke any laws. That decision will rest with the Douglas County District Attorney.  The shooting happened May 29 when a man was pulled over in downtown Lawrence for a suspected seat belt violation.  Police say the man was uncooperative, refused orders to get out of his vehicle and then began hitting the officer who pulled him over. Police say that's when a second officer shot the man.  The man was treated at a hospital and is expected to recover.

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37 Dogs Rescued from Kansas Trailer Home

OLPE, Kan. (AP) — Animal shelter workers and sheriff's deputies have rescued 37 small dogs from a trailer home in central Kansas after someone reported finding one dead dog and another extremely sick one in a nearby dumpster. Lyon County sheriff's officials say the sick animal was given emergency medical treatment Thursday. The sheriff's office said deputies then discovered 37 dogs living in the home near Olpe. The owner asked authorities for assistance to find new placements for the rat terriers and rat terrier mixes. The Emporia Gazette reports that Unleashed Pet Rescue of Mission, Kansas, helped recover the dogs Friday and Saturday. CEO Danielle Reno says the dogs are generally in good condition, but that they will be in foster care for some time because many aren't well socialized. The investigation is ongoing.

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University of Kansas Paid $200,000 to Settle Assault Lawsuit

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Documents released by the University of Kansas show the school paid a $200,000 settlement to a former student who accused his theater professor of sexually assaulting him. The Lawrence Journal-World filed an open records request and received the documents Monday. The newspaper says the university didn't admit wrongdoing in the confidential agreement signed in August 2017. The settlement was paid in exchange for the student dropping a federal lawsuit against the school. At the time the student, called John Doe 58, sued the university and professor in 2017, the professor was no longer employed at Kansas. The professor is not identified in the lawsuit. The lawsuit accused the university of failing to adequately respond and investigate, and then retaliating against the student when he reported the sexual assault.

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Man Found Dead from Gunshot Wounds in McPherson

MCPHERSON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man in McPherson. McPherson police say officers who went to a mobile home park early Monday to investigate a report of shots being fired found a man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds dead in a parking lot. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting McPherson police with the investigation. No further details were immediately released.

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Kansas City Declares Measles Outbreaks Officially Over

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City's two measles outbreaks are over, but officials are just starting to calculate the costs of containing them. The Kansas City Star reports that the city deemed the outbreaks officially over as of Monday, when there had been no new cases in 42 days, or two incubation periods. The city had been combating the highly contagious virus since March. More than $170,000 in taxpayer resources went to holding the outbreaks to 35 total cases, 22 of which were in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says it spent about $46,000 on lab testing, vaccines and staffing costs. That estimate doesn't include costs to maintain Kansas' disease surveillance software. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services can't provide a cost estimate because much is wrapped into the state's ongoing disease surveillance.

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1 Dead, 1 Wounded After Wichita Bar Shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a shooting at a Wichita bar has left one person dead and another wounded.  Police said in a news release that the shooting happened early Sunday. Arriving officers heard multiple gunshots and arrested a 36-year-old man who was spotted running from the club.  The release says a 37-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, and a woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to her arm.  The suspect was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, aggravated battery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and a drug charge. Police say a handgun was recovered during the investigation. The release says the shooting wasn't random.

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1 Dead After Shooting in Topeka Neighborhood

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a dispute between acquaintances has ended in a deadly Topeka shooting. Police said in a news release that 38-year-old Shane William Cunningham was shot Sunday and pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say the suspected shooter was still on scene when police arrived and was taken into custody. The release says the case will be forwarded to prosecutors when the investigation is completed, "with the possibility of self-defense being a factor of consideration." No other details were provided.

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4-Year-Old Kansas City Child Injured by Stray Bullet

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police say a 4-year-old was wounded by a stray bullet that came from a nearby shootout.  Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Sunday that 35-year-old Ellery Beals was charged in the case after being captured on surveillance video firing shots Saturday night at a south Kansas City gas station. Prosecutors said he encountered a man who shot him last month but denied shooting at him.  Beals is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, second-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action.  About the same time the gunfire was reported, police received a call that someone was shot in a home several hundred yards away. Police say a stray bullet traveled from the shootout into a nearby house, causing a broken arm for the 4-year-old.

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Bowyer Wins Rain-Shortened Race at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Clint Bowyer has won his second NASCAR Cup Series race of the season when Sunday's event at Michigan was called early because of rain.  Bowyer beat out Kevin Harvick on a restart to begin the third stage, and then the race went under caution when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. went into the wall. The rain put a stop to the race.  Harvick was second, and pole winner Kurt Busch finished third, completing a sweep of the top three for Stewart-Haas Racing. Kyle Busch was fourth, the lone Toyota near the top in a race dominated by Ford.

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Kansas Supreme Court Sends DNA Request Back to Lower Court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has remanded a convicted man's request for DNA testing back to Leavenworth County District Court for further review.  The court on Friday reversed earlier rulings by a district judge and the Kansas Court of Appeals that denied the request from 39-year-old Gregory Mark George Jr., who is serving time for rape, aggravated robbery and aggravated intimidation of a witness.  The Leavenworth Times reports George was convicted of raping a clerk during a robbery at a Lansing convenience store in 2004.  In 2013, George filed a petition for DNA testing of hairs that were collected as part of his case but were never tested.  The state Supreme Court ruling asks a district judge to determine whether the requested testing might produce evidence that could help exonerate George.

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Woman Hurt After Party Bus Shooting by Keeper of the Plains

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a 19-year-old woman was shot and injured while on a party bus Saturday night.  Police spokesman Charley Davidson said in a news release the drive-by shooting occurred near Wichita's Keeper of the Plains.  Davidson says officers found the woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her shoulder on a Spots Party Bus. She was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.  He says riders were being dropped off when someone outside the bus fired several shots at the bus and a nearby vehicle.  No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

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Arrest Made in Death of Wichita Man Found Stabbed to Death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police say an arrest has been made in the death of a man found stabbed to death in Wichita.  Police said Saturday in a news release that a 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Police have not released the name of the suspect or the victim.  Police were called to a South Erie Street address around 10:30 pm Friday, and arriving officers found the body of a 68-year-old man in the street. Authorities say the suspect had fled in the victim's black pickup truck, which was recovered by police Saturday.  Police say the stabbing followed an argument between the two men. Investigators say the stabbing was not a random incident.

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Report: Winter Wheat Harvest Begins in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new government report shows the winter wheat harvest has begun in Kansas amid poor prospects for much of this season's crop. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 2 percent of the wheat in the state has been cut. About 29 percent of the wheat in Kansas is now mature. The agency pegged 47 percent of the crop as poor to very poor condition, while 37 percent rated as fair. About 15 percent is in good and 1 percent in excellent shape. Much of the wheat ready for harvest is in south central Kansas where 64 percent has matured. Southeastern Kansas is close behind at 61 percent maturity. But wheat is also rapidly ripening in central Kansas as well with 42 percent of the crop at maturity.

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Woman Sues NASA in Kansas over Moon Dust Possession

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Tennessee woman is suing NASA in Kansas to affirm her ownership of lunar dust she says astronaut Neil Armstrong gave her.  The Kansas City Star reports that Laura Murray Cicco filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to establish her moon dust ownership under the Declaratory Judgment Act of the United States Code.  Cicco was 10 when her mother gave her a vial of dust with a note appearing to be from Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon and a friend Cicco's father.  NASA has not tried to claim ownership of the dust, but Cicco filed the lawsuit proactively because the agency's position is that all lunar material belongs to the nation.

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Cosmosphere Receives $650,000 Grant from NASA

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Cosmosphere in Hutchinson will receive about $650,000 from NASA to promote science, technology engineering and math education.  NASA announced this week that the Cosmosphere was one of three applicants to receive funds after 43 groups submitted proposals.  The Hutchinson News reports the Cosmosphere's $650,594 will be used to refurbish 12 historic Apollo-era mission control consoles that will be used in traveling interactive exhibits for classes that will be offered free to Kansas students.  Cosmosphere executive vice president Tracey Tomme says she hopes to have first console on the road before April 2019.  NASA used the consoles at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, during missions from the 1960s through the early 1990s. The Cosmosphere obtained the consoles shortly after they were decommissioned.

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U.S. Teacher Honored for Highlighting Polish Holocaust Hero

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government and an American foundation are honoring a U.S. educator who together with his high school students made the world aware of Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust.  Sendler, a social worker and member of the wartime Polish resistance, risked her life to smuggle Jewish children out of Warsaw's ghetto and even under torture by the Germans refused to reveal the identities of those she saved.  Her story was largely unknown until Kansas history teacher Norman Conard and his students began producing a play about her in 1999.  Poland's Culture Ministry and the San Francisco-based Taube Philanthropies are presenting Conard with the 2018 Irena Sendler Memorial Award Monday in Warsaw.  Sendler died in 2008 at age 98.

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Kansas Eisenhower Museum Renovation's Completion Expected by 2019

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — Renovation of the 25,000-square-foot Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas is underway with plans to reopen in 2019.  The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the museum is scheduled to reopen on the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy. The Allies invaded western Europe during World War II under the leadership of General Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 6, 1944.  The museum closed last month for an extensive renovation. Dawn Hammett, director of the Eisenhower campus, says museum exhibits have been moved to the library, and the campus' other four buildings remain open.  Hammett says the overhaul of museum is needed to allow staff the ability to modernize technology and exhibits.

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Salmonella Linked to Pre-Cut Melon Sickens 60 in Midwest

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in five Midwestern states.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Caito Foods LLC on Friday recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fruit medleys containing at least one of those melons that were produced at its facility in Indianapolis.  It says the five states where people were sickened are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. The CDC says the fruit was also distributed to stores in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina. It was sold in clear plastic clamshell containers at Costco, Jay C, Kroger, Payless, Owen's, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart and Whole Foods/Amazon.  Officials say people should throw away or return recalled products.  The CDC says 31 of the people sickened have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported. Those sickened often develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food. The illness often lasts 4 to 7 days.

 

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