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Ex-US Rep. Meyers endorses GOP Kansas governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Former Republican congresswoman Jan Meyers has formally endorsed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election, six days after being listed among GOP moderates endorsing his Democratic challenger.

Brownback's campaign released a statement Monday from Meyers saying that she's pleased with Brownback's efforts to reduce the state's personal income taxes. She also said it's important for Republicans to rally around the governor.

Last week, the campaign of Democratic challenger Paul Davis announced the formation of a new group called Republicans for Kansas Values and listed more than 100 names of mostly former GOP office holders who had endorsed Davis. The list included Meyers, who represented the Kansas City-area 3rd Congressional District from 1985 to 1997.

But Meyers said the next day that she would never publicly endorse a Democrat.


Group joins crowded ad space in Kansas Senate race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Washington-area group backing tea party challenger Milton Wolf's bid to unseat Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is spending more than $423,000 on radio and television ads ahead of the Republican primary.

The ads from a political action committee tied to the Senate Conservatives Fund also are mixing with the candidates' own statewide spots.

Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli said Monday that Wolf remains the underdog against three-term incumbent Roberts but the fund believes Wolf can win.

Wolf is broadcasting his own television ad, noting that the senator's official residence in Dodge City is rented space in a home owned by supporters. The conservative group's ad hits similar themes.

Roberts' campaign began a television ad last week blasting Wolf for repeatedly not voting in local elections and state primaries.


State gets 14,205 concealed carry applications

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Attorney General's Office says the state received the second highest number of concealed carry applications in the last fiscal year.

The attorney general announced in a news release Monday that more than 14,205 applications were received between July 1, 2013, and June 30 this year.

The highest number of applications in one fiscal year came in last year, when 25,316 applications were received.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says more than 83,000 Kansans currently have active concealed carry permits. The state has received 90,000 applications since 2006.

Thirty-six other states recognize Kansas' concealed carry permits.


Ex-teacher convicted of pushing wife off cliff

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - A former Maine man has been convicted of bashing his wife's head with a rock and pushing her off a cliff in disputes over an affair and inheritance money.

The couple, Charles and Lisa Black, had moved from Kansas to retire in coastal Maine. Before the fall, they'd argued about how he spent money from a $4 million inheritance from her father and over an affair he had.

Prosecutors say 71-year-old Charles Black hit his wife with a rock before pushing her off Maiden Cliff in 2011. Both tumbled down the mountainside.

He was found guilty Monday of attempted murder and other charges.

Charles Black, who now lives in Utah, did not testify. He has said he had no memory of pushing his wife. They have divorced, and she goes by Lisa Zahn.


Kansas gets $31.8 million from federal program

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, . Not for online use in Wichita market)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A U.S. Treasury Department program brought $31.8 million to Kansas last year, and that number could grow in the future.

The Treasury Offset Program helps states collect debts owed by tax deadbeats and welfare cheats. The Wichita Eagle reports Kansas plans to join a part of the program that helps states recover improperly paid unemployment benefits.

The program intercepts all or part of federal tax refunds or other federal payments to pay debts to the state. It can also garnish vendor payments, part of federal employees' salaries and capture up to 15 percent of a person's Social Security check.

Most of the money Kansas collects through the program is from delinquent child support, which made up $23 million of the $31.8 million sent to the state last year.


3rd re-sentencing for man who put kids in dryer

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

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - A Hutchinson man convicted of putting two children in a hot clothes dryer as punishment will be resentenced for the third time.

An appellate court has ordered the third sentencing hearing for Aaron Pritchard, who was convicted of child abuse in 2008 after he put his girlfriend's 2- and 3-year-old children in the dryer when the younger child wet his pants. The boy suffered second-degree burns on his back.

The Hutchinson News reports the appeals court found Friday that a district judge did not correct errors made in previous sentences, involving how long Pritchard should be imprisoned.

The court agreed with Pritchard's attorney, who argued the maximum sentence allowed should be just over five years, which means Pritchard could be released soon. No new sentencing date was set.


Jenkins holds big fundraising lead in Kansas 2nd

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republican congresswoman Lynn Jenkins has maintained her big fundraising lead over Democratic challenger Margie Wakefield in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas.

Finance reports filed last week by their campaigns show Jenkins ended June with nearly $2 million in cash on hand for her campaign. Wakefield had less than $236,000.

Jenkins also raised almost three times as much in cash contributions from April through June, $382,000 compared with $135,000 for Wakefield.

The biggest advantage for Jenkins was with political action committees. She raised nearly $255,000 from PACs, compared with less than $20,000 for Wakefield.

Jenkins is seeking her fourth two-year term. Wakefield is a Lawrence attorney.

Jenkins faces Joshua Joel Tucker, of Pittsburg, in the Aug. 5 GOP primary, but he raised only about $6,800 during the last quarter.


PAC dollars boost Yoder's treasury in Kansas 3rd

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Contributions from political action committees have helped Republican congressman Kevin Yoder stockpile funds for his re-election campaign in Kansas' 3rd District.

A finance report filed last week by Yoder's campaign shows it received $131,000 from PACs from April through June. He also collected more than $110,000 in cash contributions from individuals.

He ended the period with more than $2.2 million in cash.

Yoder's most active Democratic challenger in the Kansas City-area district is former state Sen. Kelly Kultala. She raised $85,000 during the quarter, ending June with nearly $100,000 in cash.

Kultala's only PAC contribution was a $250 donation from a committee associated with a payday loan company.

She faces retired Lenexa electrician Reginald Marselus in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary. No report was available for him online.


Big 12 commish's dire warning about pending change

DALLAS (AP) - Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby warns that anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now will hate what's coming.

During his opening address at Big 12 football media days Monday, Bowlsby said significant changes are on the way.

Bowlsby isn't sure people understand how much pending lawsuits against the NCAA and its member schools could change things. He says the Big 12 and other conferences are defendants in seven class-action lawsuits "and that number is growing all the time."

Bowlsby believes new funding challenges, including legal battles and expenses increasing at a higher rate than revenue, will eventually result in the elimination of some minor sports teams. The former Stanford athletic director also anticipates tension among sports on campus and among institutions with different resources.

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