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Abortion foes tap credit cards to get partial Kansas recount

Aug. 15, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to do a partial hand recount that won't change the outcome of this month's decisive vote in favor of abortion rights after abortion opponents charged almost $120,000 to credit cards Monday to cover the cost. The Kansas secretary of state's office...

Antron Brown races to 1st NHRA victory as team owner

Aug. 14, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Three-time season champion Antron Brown raced to his first victory as a team owner Sunday in the Menards NHRA Nationals. Brown broke a 30-event drought, beating four-time defending series champion Steve Torrence in the final round for his 69th victory and first...

Activist offers to pay for Kansas' recount of abortion vote

Aug. 14, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An anti-abortion activist who heads a small hard-right Republican group said he’s offered to pay the expected $229,000 cost of a hand recount of votes from every Kansas county after a decisive statewide vote affirming abortion rights. Mark Gietzen, who leads...

Bob Tasca III tops NHRA Funny Car qualifying at Topeka

Aug. 13, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Bob Tasca III topped Funny Car qualifying for the second straight event Saturday in the Menards NHRA Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park. Tasca’s Friday run of 3.930 seconds at 323.81 mph in a Ford Mustang held up for his ninth career No. 1 qualifier. ...

Salinas leads Top Fuel qualifying at Menards NHRA Nationals

Aug. 12, 2022 22:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Mike Salinas led Top Fuel qualifying Friday night in the Menards NHRA Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park. Salinas had a 3.754-second run at 323.19 mph on the final pass. He has four event victories this season. “The way we’re doing this,...

Kansas to recount abortion vote by hand, despite big margin

Aug. 12, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ elections director says the state will go along with a request for a hand recount of votes from every county after last week’s decisive statewide vote affirming abortion rights, even though there was a 165,000-vote difference and a recount won’t change the...

Kansas abortion vote shows limits of GOP's strength

Aug. 12, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An increase in turnout among Democrats and independents and a notable shift in Republican-leaning counties contributed to the overwhelming support of abortion rights last week in traditionally conservative Kansas, according to a detailed Associated Press analysis of the voting...

Feds: Man defrauded millions from Kansas DCF contractor

Aug. 11, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Federal officials allege that a New York man defrauded an organization that provides foster and adoption services to Kansas out of about $10.7 million. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas filed a civil asset forfeiture case Aug. 1 alleging that William Whymark...

Man who performed illegal autopsies can't work in Kansas

Aug. 10, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man convicted of performing illegal autopsies has been permanently banned from doing business in the state and ordered to pay more than $700,000 in restitution and fines, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday. Shawn Parcells, 42, who lived...

Kansas inmate's death investigated as apparent homicide

Aug. 08, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a Kansas prison as an apparent homicide. The Kansas Department of Corrections said in a news release that 56-year-old Fred Patterson III died Sunday at the Lansing Correctional Facility. He had been there...