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Headlines for Sunday, September 6, 2020

Kansas Appeals Court Upholds Charge in Self-Checkout Machine Windfall

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Appeals Court has upheld the theft conviction of a man who repeatedly returned to a Walmart self-checkout machine that was mistakenly spitting out $20 bills instead of $1 bills, eventually receiving nearly $500 in extra change, The Wichita Eagle report that a three-judge panel wrote Friday in its ruling rejecting Nicholas Ryan Morris’ appeal that “Sometimes, things are too good to be true.” Morris’ conviction for theft of property delivered by mistake stems from a January 2019 shopping trip in which he discovered a self-checkout machine at the Walmart in Wellington was giving incorrect change.

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18-year-old Rhino Dies Unexpectedly at Wichita Zoo

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An 18-year-old black rhinoceros named Klyde has died unexpectedly at Wichita’s Sedgwick County Zoo. The zoo said in a Facebook post that the zookeepers reported that Klyde appeared healthy when he went on exhibit Saturday but then collapsed. Staff was not able to be revive him. The veterinary team plans to perform a necropsy to learn more about Klyde’s health and a potential cause of death. The zoo post described Klyde as having a “gentle demeanor and sweet personality.” The zoo also posted a video that showed guests hand-feeding Klyde.

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Judge Recommends Dismissal in Missouri Duck Boat Case

A federal magistrate judge has recommended that criminal charges be dismissed against three men indicted over a duck boat sinking on a Missouri lake that killed 17 people two summers ago. KCUR reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge David Rush concluded Friday that charges should be dismissed because Table Rock Lake, where the boat sank in a storm, is not considered a navigable waterway under admiralty law. A 47-count indictment unsealed in June 2019 accused the general manager of the boat’s operator, Ride the Ducks Branson, and the manager on duty with a variety of neglect and misconduct charges. An earlier indictment charged the boat’s captain with failure to properly assess incoming weather before launching.

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Two Men Die in KCK Exchange of Gunfire

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two men have died in an exchange of gunfire in Kansas City, Kansas.Police said in a news release that the shooting happened Friday night in an alley beyond a home. One man died at the scene, and another man died later at a hospital.The Kansas City Star reports that the men were shooting at one another for unknown reasons and no one else was involved in the shooting. Police have not yet released the men’s names.

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Missouri Adds 77 COVID-19 Deaths after Reporting Glitch

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri added 77 COVID-19 related deaths to its total Saturday, most of which occurred weeks or months ago. The state’s Department of Health and Senior Services blamed technical issues in a tweet for the spike that brought the state’s total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 1,639. The newly reported deaths included five that occurred over the past 24 hours, with the bulk occurring from June to August. Health officials said more deaths that were identified through this evaluation would be added to the total on Sunday.

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