SECRETARY OF STATE-MONEY
Kobach raises more than both foes in Kansas race
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has raised more money for his re-election campaign this year than his two opponents combined.
Kobach's campaign filed a report Monday saying it raised almost $105,000 from January through July 24, in addition to the $125,000 he had at the start of the year. He spent less than $32,000, leaving him with more than $198,000.
Kobach's foe in the Aug. 5 Republican primary is Lawrence businessman and attorney Scott Morgan. He entered the race in May and reported raising about $21,000. Morgan spent less than $4,000, leaving him with $17,000 in cash.
Democrat and former state Sen. Jean Schodorf began the year with nearly $41,000 and raised almost $63,000 more. But she also spent almost $95,000, leaving her campaign with less than $9,000.
SECRETARY OF STATE-KANSAS
GOP secretary of state race turning more bitter
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republican candidates for Kansas secretary of state are embroiled in a bitter campaign in which the incumbent is questioning his challenger's GOP credentials while himself being called a partisan hack.
The Kansas City Star reports incumbent Kris Kobach has gained prominence for his fight against illegal immigration and his challenge of the federal government over gun regulations.
Challenger Scott Morgan says Kobach has turned the secretary of state's office into a circus in pursuit of his own political agenda while drumming up media attention.
Morgan concedes he's not as far to the right as Kobach, but adds that none of Kobach's pet issues should relate to the secretary of state's office.
The winner of the Aug. 5 primary will face Democrat Jean Schodorf in the general election.
Kansas school district justifies conference cost
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) - School officials in southwest Kansas say a recent conference trip to Florida that cost taxpayers more than $100,000 was necessary to become a model school district.
KWCH-TV reports 61 teachers and administrators with the Garden City School District attended the conference in June, although only 20 initially were scheduled to go.
School district spokesman Roy Cessna says an improved budget allowed the district to send a teacher from every grade level from each school to the conference.
He says the conference will help the district meet its five-year goal to become a model school district and was funded with a combination of budgeted school funds and federal and state grants.
Return of hot, dry conditions stresses Kan. crops
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The return of hot, dry conditions to Kansas has put stress on farm crops in many parts of the state.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service says in its late crop report that temperatures averaged 2 to 6 degrees above normal in most of Kansas last week, with some areas seeing triple-digit highs.
The agency rated 10 percent of the state's corn crop in poor to very poor condition. About 31 percent is listed as fair, 44 percent as good and 15 percent excellent.
Most of the sorghum, soybean and sunflower crops are faring somewhat better than corn.
About 24 percent of the soybeans are setting pods, and 14 percent of the sorghum has headed.
Stock water supplies are adequate to surplus across 78 percent of Kansas.
4 workers injured in SE Kansas oil refinery fire
COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) - A Texas company says four workers at a southeast Kansas oil refinery were burned in an early morning fire.
CVR Refining says the fire at its Coffeyville refinery was reported at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and extinguished by 1:18 a.m. The company says initial reports indicate there was no impact to the surrounding community.
CVR isn't naming the employees who were hurt and transported to an area hospital, but says it is providing assistance to the workers and their families.
The company is based in Sugar Land, Texas. Its Coffeyville refinery has a rated capacity of 115,000 barrels per day.
Kansas teen killed after fall on Colorado mountain
LENEXA, Kan. (AP) - A suburban Kansas City teenager who died last week while climbing one of Colorado's most popular peaks was a 2014 high school graduate who excelled in engineering.
The Kansas City Star reports 18-year-old Nicholas Hellbusch of Lenexa, Kansas, died Friday morning after apparently falling while climbing above the standard route to the summit of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Evidence at the scene indicates the Shawnee Mission South High School graduate struck his head while falling.
A climber notified park rangers around 7 a.m. that he and his group had seen the body. Rangers reached the area at 10:15 a.m. and confirmed Hellbusch was dead.
A U.S. Forest Service helicopter recovered his body and took it to the Boulder County Coroner's Office.
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