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Ruling In “Estes vs. Estes” Race – and more in the Today In Kansas Report

Karen EmerickJune 12, 2018

A state board says a Kansas congressman’s title will appear on the Republican primary ballot to distinguish him from a challenger with the same first and last names. The State Objections Board decided GOP voters in the 4th District in the Wichita area will choose between Rep. Ron Estes and Ron M. Estes. A Democratic candidate objected to the listing, arguing it gave the incumbent an unfair advantage.

Documents from the University of Kansas show the school paid a $200,000 settlement to a former student who accused his theater professor of sexually assaulting him. The Lawrence Journal-World filed an open records request and received the documents. The newspaper says the university didn’t admit wrongdoing in the confidentiality agreement that was signed last August.

Animal shelter workers and sheriff’s deputies rescue 37 small dogs from a trailer home in central Kansas after someone reported finding one dead dog and another extremely sick one in a nearby dumpster. Lyon County sheriff’s officials say the sick dog was given emergency medical treatment. The sheriff’s deputies then discovered 37 dogs living in the home near Olpe. The owner asked for assistance to find new homes for the rat terriers and rat terrier mixes.

The Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office joins Ellis County deputies in investigating a pair of suspicious fires. One destroyed an empty house; the other burned 33 round bales of hay. No reports of injuries.

A new government report shows the winter wheat harvest has begun in Kansas with low expectations for much of the season’s crop. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 2 percent of the wheat in the state has been cut. The same report finds nearly half of the state’s wheat crop in poor or very poor shape.

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