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Headlines for Sunday, August 30, 2020

Kansas Schools Get Okay to Postpone Fall Sports

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas high school can move their fall sports seasons to the spring under a newly approved plan. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kansas State High School Activities Association Board of Directors voted 53-21 Friday to approve a proposal establishing an “Alternative fall” schedule. The vote followed a unanimous Monday vote in favor of the option by KSHSAA’s executive board. Kansas high schools have been split into two “bands,” or groups: Class 6/5A and Class 4/3/2/1A. If at least half of the schools in each of those bands cancel fall activities, that majority would trigger the switch to a spring sports schedule.

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KU Athletes, Students March for Racial Justice

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Nearly 1,000 University of Kansas athletes, students, and faculty have participated in a march to end racial injustice and protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. The Kansas City Star reports that the students joined other college athletes from across the country in demonstrations Friday to honor of the 57-year anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Kansas junior women’s basketball player Emma Merriweather and her teammates kicked off the 2-mile march through campus, with people stretching behind for blocks. Among the marchers was Kansas football coach Les Miles, athletic director Jeff Long and chancellor Douglas Girod.

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2 Kansas Doctors Take Differing COVID-19 Stances in Senate Race

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Two doctors running for Kansas' open Senate seat have moved to different political poles on the coronvirus pandemic. Republican Congressman Roger Marshall takes a weekly dose of an anti-malaria drug that President Donald Trump has touted to ward off infection. When Marshall spoke to a recent GOP lunch meeting in the Kansas City area, his audience crowded into a restaurant banquet room and didn't wear masks. Democrat Barbara Bollier has had mostly virtual events and her first in-person event of the fall campaign featured a few people standing in a socially distanced circle outside a school. The candidates' different approaches reflect a partisan divide in the U.S.

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Autopsy: Topeka Man Died when Caught in Recycling Truck

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An autopsy says a Topeka man died accidentally in March when the dumpster he was in was dumped into a recycling truck. An autopsy made public this week says 62-year-old Paul Vigil died from multiple injuries in a cardboard recycler. Vigil's body was found March 9th by landfill employees among recycling materials. The autopsy by county coroner John Ralston said Vigil suffered gaping cuts to his left back and left upper chest and fractures to his skull, bones, and multiple ribs. Foul play is not suspected. He died on a day when Topeka received almost an inch of precipitation and had a morning low of 36 degrees.

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Kansas Primary Turnout High; Party Split in Mail-in Ballots

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas had a relatively high turnout in its primary election. Voting methods most preferred by Republicans and Democrats also appeared to reflect a partisan divide across the U.S. over the coronavirus. A state board on Friday certified election results Friday showing that about 636,000 votes were cast in the August 4th election. That means 34.2% of the state’s nearly 1.9 million registered voters participated, and it was the highest percentage in at least a decade. Some 41% of voters cast ballots by mail. The secretary of state’s office said roughly two-thirds of Democratic voters used mail-in ballots, while roughly two-thirds of Republicans preferred to vote in person.

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Fourth Suspect Charged in Murder of of 78-year-old Kansan

EUREKA, Kan. (AP) — A fourth suspect has been charged in the killing of a 78-year-old man at his home in the southeast Kansas town of Eureka. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said 34-year-old Leon Lindsay, of El Dorado, was taken into custody Thursday at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. He is charged with felony murder, aggravated burglary, felony theft and conspiracy to commit felony theft in the August 18th killing of Danny Shue.  He doesn’t yet have an attorney. Two adults -- 30-year-old Noah J. E. Farr, of Dighton and 25-year-old Joseph Warden, of El Dorado -- and a 17-year-old previously were charged with identical counts. The KBI has not released details about Shue’s death.

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