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Money being raised for campaign to keep KS justices…and other headlines: November 3, 2016

andy lambertNovember 3, 2016
An attorney serving on a commission that screens applicants for the Kansas Supreme Court is helping raise money for a campaign to keep justices on the court in next week’s election. Topeka attorney Natalie Haag says she believes passionately that Kansas has a selection system that gives the court strong justices. Five justices are on the ballot and four are being targeted for ouster.
Contributions from payday lenders are generating attention in a Kansas congressional race amid campaign records showing that incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder is a major beneficiary. The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics found that Yoder has taken nearly $250,000 in donations from people and groups associated with the industry. That’s more than any other member of the House or Senate.
 A black candidate for sheriff in Linn County, Kansas, says one of his campaign signs was defaced with the letters “KKK. LeRoy McConico, the Democratic candidate, says he was surprised by the reference to the Ku Klux Klan on the sign and he has no idea who did it. Less than 1 percent of the more than 9,000 people in Linn County are black.
Kansas health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli among people who attended the Louisburg Cider Mill Ciderfest. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says seven cases have been confirmed so far but the investigation is continuing. The festival was held in late September and early October in Louisburg.
A man from Grinnell gets more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty in the death of a baby in August of 2012. He’d entered the guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter and child abuse counts in September.

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