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Kansas Approves Plan to Lure Chiefs, Royals Across State Line

Legislators overwhelmingly support measure to finance new stadiums for Missouri teams

(Newser) - Kansas is making a serious run at becoming the new home for the reigning Super Bowl champions with legislators approving a plan Tuesday to lure the Chiefs and Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals away from Missouri.
  • Bipartisan legislative supermajorities OK'd the measure to authorize state bonds to

Their Final Resting Spot: a Cow Pasture

More details are trickling in on the murders of Kansas women Veronica Butler, Jilian Kelley

(Newser) - Two Kansas women who disappeared after traveling to Oklahoma in March were found dead inside a chest freezer buried in a cow pasture, court documents reveal. The location in Oklahoma's Texas County was just 10 miles from where Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39, disappeared March 30 while...

Kansas Weighs Making a Move on Royals, Chiefs

Legislative plan runs out of time, but lawmakers could try again

(Newser) - Some Kansas lawmakers see a chance to lure Kansas City's two biggest professional sports teams across the Missouri border. But an effort to help the Super Bowl champion Chiefs and Major League Baseball's Royals finance new stadiums in Kansas fizzed over concerns about how it might look to...

Zoo Ostrich Dies After Swiping, Swallowing Keys

'Beloved' 5-year-old Karen euthanized at Kansas' Topeka Zoo

(Newser) - Curiosity killed the cat, and it proved fatal for the ostrich. A "beloved" ostrich at a zoo in Kansas died Thursday after reaching outside her enclosure, grabbing a staff member's keys, then immediately swallowing them, NBC News reports. Karen the ostrich, dubbed the "dancing queen" at Kansas'...

Bakery to Customers: Check Cookies for Diamond

Kansas owner believes gem from her wedding ring fell into a batch of dough

(Newser) - The owner of a bakery in Leavenworth, Kansas, is asking customers to chew their cookies with care: One may contain the missing diamond from her wedding ring. Dawn Monroe, owner of Sis Sweets Cookies & Cafe, tells KMBC that at some point during a recent workday, she looked down and...

These States Have the Most Expensive Home Insurance

Florida comes in at No. 1 on Insurify's list, with an average annual cost of close to $11K

(Newser) - The average annual rate for home insurance comes in at just under $2,400, but in many parts of the country, what homeowners are paying exceeds that figure by far. Insurify lays out the damage, citing rates that rose an average of 20% over the past two years across America....

Foul Play Suspected in Disappearance of 2 Women

Kansas women never showed up to pick up kids for a birthday party last weekend

(Newser) - Foul play is suspected in the disappearance of two Kansas women whose vehicle was found abandoned in the Oklahoma Panhandle last weekend, authorities said Friday. Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39, of Hugoton, Kansas, were driving to Oklahoma to pick up Butler's children to attend a March 30...

Bird Flu Spreads to US Cattle, Goats
Bird Flu Spreads
to US Cattle, Goats

Bird Flu Spreads to US Cattle, Goats

Commercial milk supply is said to be safe, though, per officials

(Newser) - A week after officials in Minnesota said bird flu had been found for the first time in US livestock—specifically, goats living on a farm with infected poultry—the virus has been found to have spread to dairy cows in Texas and Kansas, per the AP . The highly pathogenic avian...

Kansas, Missouri Hit With 'Gorilla Hail'

Baseball-sized hail was being reported in some areas

(Newser) - Volatile weather was homing in on parts of Kansas and Missouri Wednesday night, with some storms bringing massive chunks of hail, the AP reports. The National Weather Service just after 8pm CST said that the Kansas City metro area was under a severe thunderstorm warning for a storm that will...

Republicans Join Condemnation of Punching a Biden Effigy

Kansas party blames outside exhibitor at fundraiser, but no one has apologized

(Newser) - Republicans have joined Democrats in denouncing the GOP officials responsible for a party fundraiser Friday night in Kansas at which people were invited to beat and kick an effigy of President Biden. "I don't agree with President Biden's policies, but he is a fellow human being,"...

Kansas Wants to Make Docs Ask Abortion Seekers Why

So Democrats want questions posed to men about vasectomies, erectile dysfunction

(Newser) - Kansas would require abortion providers to ask patients why they're terminating their pregnancies and report the answers to the state under a measure moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature. Backers of the bill argued during a House debate Wednesday that the state needs data so lawmakers can create programs to...

Record-Setting Fish Was Carrying Something Extra
Fish Was Carrying
Something Extra

Record-Setting Fish Was Carrying Something Extra

Steel ball bearings were found inside crappie caught in Kansas; angler insists he didn't cheat

(Newser) - A Kansas angler broke a record last year for catching a 4.07-pound white crappie, the heaviest such specimen in the state in six decades. Now, an investigation has revealed that Bobby Parkhurst seemingly cheated to achieve that feat, though he continues to deny it. Outdoor Life reports that Parkhurst...

Kansas' AG Says Schools Must Out Trans Kids to Parents

Even if they're not out at home

(Newser) - Kansas' attorney general is telling public schools they're required to tell parents their children are transgender or non-binary even if they're not out at home, though Kansas is not among the states with a law that explicitly says to do that, the AP reports. Republican Kris Kobach's...

Police Find Burned Remains of Jackie Robinson Statue

Statue of Black baseball trailblazer was stolen from park in Kansas last week

(Newser) - Fire crews found the burned remnants Tuesday of a prized bronze statue of Jackie Robinson that was stolen last week from a public park in Kansas, authorities said. The Wichita fire department received a call around 8:40am about a trash can on fire at Garvey Park in the southern...

Cops: Couple Hid Dead Relative for 6 Years, Collected Benefits

Kansas pair accused of fraudulently collecting more than $200K

(Newser) - A Kansas couple has been charged with fraudulently collecting more than $215,000 in retirement benefits on behalf of a dead relative while they concealed his body inside their home for six years. Authorities say Mike Carroll's pacemaker showed that he died in 2016 at age 81, but Overland...

Kansas Does U-Turn on 'Ugly as Sin' License Plates

Governor admits dislike of new plate brought 'Kansans across the political aisle together'

(Newser) - "I promised to be a bipartisan governor, and I think we can all admit—I succeeded at bringing Kansans across the political aisle together in disliking this new license plate," Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Tuesday. The Democratic governor said the state would halt plans to move forward...

Judge Orders Cops to Stop Using This Stalling Tactic

Permanent injunction bars Kansas Highway Patrol from using 'Kansas Two-Step' to try to find drugs

(Newser) - The Kansas Highway Patrol must stop using a tactic known as the "Kansas Two-Step" to detain out-of-state drivers long enough to find a reason to search their vehicles for illegal drugs, a federal judge has ruled. US District Judge Kathryn H. Vratil on Monday granted a permanent injunction, which...

ACLU: School Broke the Law by Forcing Boy to Cut His Hair

Native American child requested exemption for faith, cultural reasons but was denied, letter claims

(Newser) - The American Civil Liberties Union says an elementary school in Kansas is enforcing an unlawful policy under which an 8-year-old Native American boy was forced to choose between having long hair and attending school. The member of the Wyandotte Nation chose to cut his long hair after his mother visited...

Kansas Police Chief Who Raided Newspaper Office Resigns

Resignation comes days after he was suspended

(Newser) - The police chief who led an August raid on a small weekly newspaper in central Kansas has resigned, just days after he was suspended from his post, a City Council member confirmed Monday. City Council Member Ruth Herbel confirmed to the Associated Press that the mayor announced Chief Gideon Cody'...

City Suspends Police Chief Who Raided Newspaper Offices

Official calls move 'the best thing that can happen to Marion right now'

(Newser) - The police chief who led a raid on the offices of a Kansas newspaper has been suspended, the town's mayor said Saturday. Dave Mayfield confirmed the suspension to the AP but would not say whether Chief Gideon Cody, whose lawyers did not immediately comment, is still receiving his salary....

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