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Candidates remain hopeful as voting begins in Kansas

TOPEKA - Candidates in two close races on Tuesday's ballot expressed cautious optimism as they went into the polls to cast their own ballots. Laura Kelly, the Democratic candidate for governor, cast her vote in central Topeka around 9 a.m., while Steve Watkins, the Republican candidate in the ...

Candidates make final pleas in advance of Election Day

TOPEKA – The major candidates in this week’s general election spent much of Monday crisscrossing Kansas as part of their last-minute get-out-the-vote drives. Voters in Kansas are selecting a new governor and at least one new member of the U.S. House. Also on the ballot are all the other ...

With three close races in Kansas, outcomes may be a matter of chance

TOPEKA – For the first time in many years, the reliably Republican state of Kansas has three major races on the ballot, all with national implications, that could swing either way on Tuesday. The race for governor and the 2nd District congressional race in eastern Kansas are both rated ...

Technical glitches, other problems plaguing voters nationwide

Atlanta — Political activist Leah McElrath was reviewing her electronic ballot at a polling place in Houston when she was shocked to find Republican Ted Cruz listed as her choice in Texas’ high-profile U.S. Senate race. McElrath had voted a straight ticket for Democrats, but the machine ...

East Coast hospitals help patients vote via absentee ballots

PHILADELPHIA — The midterm elections are just around the corner, but efforts to “get out the vote” don’t mean much if voters unexpectedly find themselves unable to get out of their hospital bed on Election Day. Dozens of doctors, nurses and volunteers at Penn Presbyterian Medical ...

Appendix removal linked to lower risk of Parkinson’s

WASHINGTON — Scientists have found a new clue that Parkinson’s disease may get its start not in the brain but in the gut — maybe in the appendix. People who had their appendix removed early in life had a lower risk of getting the tremor-inducing brain disease decades later, researchers ...

Sen. Jerry Moran’s staff to be available Friday in Eudora

A member of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran’s staff will be available to constituents during an open office event Friday in Eudora. The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the Eudora Recreation Center Community Room, 1630 Elm St. During that time, staff will be available to area residents ...

Federal court hears arguments in Dodge City polling place controversy

UPDATED STORY - Judge rules against opening new Dodge City polling site days before election TOPEKA — A federal judge in Topeka said Thursday that he will rule soon on a request from the American Civil Liberties Union for an order directing Ford County to reopen the one polling place that ...

U.S. election integrity depends on security-challenged firms

It was the kind of security lapse that gives election officials nightmares. In 2017, a private contractor left data on Chicago's 1.8 million registered voters — including addresses, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers — publicly exposed for months on an Amazon cloud ...

Voters Guide: 2nd District congressional race draws eyes of nation

The 2nd District congressional race in Kansas is one that is being watched closely around the nation this year. With five-term incumbent Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a Topeka Republican, stepping down this year, it is an open race and one that could help determine whether Republicans will keep control ...

Amgen slashes price of $14K-a-year cholesterol drug

TRENTON, N.J. — The maker of an expensive cholesterol drug is slashing the list price, which should make it more affordable for patients. Amgen Inc. said Wednesday it is immediately cutting the price of Repatha by 60 percent, from about $14,000 to $5,850 per year. The move could help boost ...

U.S. advisory group urges hepatitis A shots for homeless

For the first time, a U.S. advisory committee is recommending a routine vaccination for homeless people, voting Wednesday to urge hepatitis A shots to prevent future outbreaks of the contagious liver disease. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made the recommendation at a meeting ...

U.S. approves first new type of flu drug in 2 decades

TRENTON, N.J. — U.S. health regulators have approved the first new type of flu drug in two decades. Wednesday’s approval of Xofluza for people age 12 and older comes ahead of the brunt of this winter’s flu season. Xofluza is a pill that can reduce severity and shorten duration of flu ...

Gunman attacks Pittsburgh synagogue, killing 11 people

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A gunman who's believed to have spewed anti-Semitic slurs and rhetoric on social media barged into a baby-naming ceremony at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday and opened fire, killing 11 people in one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in U.S. history. The 20-minute attack ...

Science Says: Sex and gender aren’t the same

WASHINGTON — Anatomy at birth may prompt a check in the “male” or “female” box on the birth certificate — but to doctors and scientists, sex and gender aren’t always the same thing. The Trump administration purportedly is considering defining gender as determined by sex organs at ...

Jury deliberates 2nd day with no verdict in college basketball corruption trial

New York — A jury has completed a second day of deliberations without a verdict in the trial of three men accused of defrauding schools by giving cash to families of college basketball recruits. The jury deliberated over eight hours Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. They are deciding the ...

2nd District candidates clash during televised debate

TOPEKA - The two major party candidates for the 2nd District congressional seat took some of the sharpest verbal jabs at each other yet in the 2018 campaign, clashing on issues ranging from Medicare and Social Security to the partisan nature of Washington politics. During a televised debate ...