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Roberts jumps on Clinton's mention of Kansas race

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton has mentioned Kansas as a competitive race while talking about Democratic efforts to hold onto Congress.

Clinton's comments Friday on the PBS NewsHour have caught the attention of Kansas Senator Pat Roberts. The Republican is in a tight race with independent candidate Greg Orman after Democrat Chad Taylor stopped campaigning.

Orman is projecting himself as fresh and authentic while acknowledging that he's been both a Republican and a Democrat.

But Roberts' campaign has attacked Orman as a liberal pretending to be a conservative. Roberts' campaign manager, Cory Bliss, said in a news release that Orman will "say and do anything to get elected, even if it means pretending he's not a Democrat."

Orman's spokesman says Robert's campaign will "say and do anything to get him reelected."


9 other candidates used declaration clause

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - State records show that a Democratic U.S. Senate nominee seeking to get his name off the ballot is the only candidate since 2010 to fail to use wording that the secretary of state's office says is required.

The Wichita Eagle reports that nine other candidates have withdrawn after winning their party's nomination in the past four years. Records The Eagle obtained shows all of them declared they were incapable to serve.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach has kept Democrat Chad Taylor on the ballot against his will. Kobach says Taylor did not declare himself incapable to serve if elected in his letter withdrawing from the race.

Taylor sought to withdraw to clear the way for independent candidate Greg Orman to directly oppose Republican Pat Roberts.


Topeka bids emotional farewell to slain officer

(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal,

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Hundreds of mourners have turned out to remember a Topeka police corporal killed in the line of duty.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that officers from more than 70 law enforcement agencies were on hand when Corporal Jason Harwood was buried Saturday.

The observance featured the reading of a letter to Harwood from his surviving identical twin brother, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Harwood. Also, the German shepherd who was Harwood's K-9 partner before his promotion to corporal two years ago lay down in front of the casket.

Harwood was a decorated 15-year police veteran who was shot after he pulled over a car last weekend. Prosecutors have announced plans to seek the death penalty against the man charged in the killing.


Olathe East player rushed to hospital

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - A northeast Kansas high school football player is in critical condition after collapsing during a football game.

The Kansas City Star reports that Olathe East High School senior James McGinnis was rushed into surgery Friday night at Overland Park Regional Medical Center with bleeding around his brain.

His father, Patrick McGinnis, said doctors were removing a piece of his son's skull to relieve pressure. A hospital spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Saturday that James McGinnis remains in critical condition.

Olathe East assistant coach Mike Thomas says the 165-pound linebacker and slotback had made a tackle a few plays before collapsing. Olathe East head coach Jeff Meyers also said that James McGinnis had suffered one concussion during his sophomore season, but had not had any other related medical issues.


Official: Attack on coach, gunfire rattled players

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - An official with a Wichita youth football league says the group does not plan to add extra security for weekend games in the wake of an attack on a coach and gunfire at a practice earlier this week.

Greater Wichita Junior Football League athletic director Mickey Lara says he thinks it was an isolated incident.

The Wichita Eagle reports five to six men attacked the 37-year-old coach. The beating stopped after the coach's wife pulled out a gun and fired a shot in the air. The coach then went to his car and got another gun, which he reportedly pointed at several people.

Lara says some parents have told him their children are a little shaken up, but others have put it behind them.


Both sides rest in bail bondsman case

(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News,

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - Jurors are getting the weekend off before deciding the fate of a Kansas bail bondsman accused of coercing women he bailed out of jail to have sex with him.

The Hutchinson News reports that both sides rested Friday in the trial of 66-year-year-old Dwight Jurgens. He's accused of two counts of aggravated human trafficking, four counts of attempted aggravated human trafficking, aggravated criminal sodomy and rape.

Prosecutors allege Jurgens told women he would revoke their bonds if they didn't have sex with him. He was a bonding agent for TNT Bonding. His daughter also is a bonding agent, and she testified that the company took riskier clients.

The jury will return Monday morning for court instructions and two hours of closing statements before beginning deliberations.


Hospital ousting patients who use tobacco

(Information in the following story is from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal,

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas hospital has found a way to get patients to observe its no-tobacco rule: They're being sent home.

Salina Regional Health Center and its clinics have been tobacco-free since 2007. But vice president of human resources David Moody tells The Salina Journal ( ) that some patients continue to sneak cigarettes or chew tobacco.

Starting in August, patients were warned that tobacco users would be discharged and considered to have left against medical advice. That includes removing any intravenous tubes, ending all treatment and telling patients to arrange for a ride home.

Moody says some patients have already been ousted. He's not sure if there's a procedure to readmit patients who agree to adhere.

The mandate covers the Salina hospital, Lindsborg Community Hospital and the center's eight Salina clinics.


Taiwan's Min Lee wins Symetra Tour event

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) - Taiwan's Min Lee won the Symetra Tour's Garden City Charity Classic by a stroke Saturday to wrap up a 2015 LPGA Tour card.

The 19-year-old Lee closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 6-under 210 at Buffalo Dunes. She earned $15,000 to jump from ninth to fourth on to the money list with $53,487. The top 10 next week after the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship will get LPGA Tour cards.

Canada's Jessica Wallace and Australia's Rebecca Artis tied for second. Wallace finished with a 71, and Artis shot 72.

Venezuela's Veronica Felibert was fourth at 4 under after a 70. She jumped from 11th to 10th on the money list.

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