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A tight race for the Big 1st…and other headlines: August 1, 2016

andy lambertAugust 1, 2016
The combativeness that’s made Congressman Tim Huelskamp a tea party favorite has turned major agriculture and business groups against him. It could cost him his seat in the 1st Congressional District in the state’s Republican primary Tuesday. He’s in a tough race with obstetrician Roger Marshall. Many polls show the race too close to call.
Authorities in western Kansas are investigating after a man was killed in a fight. The Hays Police Department got a report of a possible disturbance and when officers arrived they found an unresponsive man who appeared to have been involved in a fight. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. A suspect is now in custody.
Harvey County dedicates a new memorial that honors homeless people who died in the county. The memorial along the Osage Nature Trail is to remember homeless and indigent people who died in the county and whose remains were never claimed. The county has buried their ashes at the site. The memorial includes a large engraved stone on a concrete pedestal, with concrete benches on either side.
Topeka police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a motel room. Emergency crews were called to the hotel by a hotel guest reporting finding the body in a third-floor room. Police believe the 18-year old girl’s death is a homicide, and they have a person of interest in the case.
One in five Kansas school districts will begin the year under new leadership, marking the highest turnover in the state’s history. Researchers looking at the trend believe the stress leaders feel over funding as well as the political climate as the two biggest factors driving the turnover.

 

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