Charges filed election fraud in Kansas…and other headlines: September 1, 2017

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office has filed two new criminal election fraud cases, including one alleging an attempt to vote by a non-citizen. The counts filed this month mark just the second time Kobach’s office has filed charges alleging that a non-citizen voted since being given the power to prosecute election fraud allegations. Most of the other cases involved voting in two states.
Relatives of a 7-year-old Kansas boy whose remains were fed to pigs after he was killed by his father and stepmother claim in a lawsuit that social workers in Missouri and the child welfare agency in Kansas did not do enough to protect him. The lawsuit alleges child welfare workers had several chances to remove that boy from his home and were aware that he was physically abused for years before his death.
Lenexa police say a Catholic school was briefly locked down after a suspected burglar fell through the ceiling. The Holy Trinity Early Education Center closed down just before noon yesterday as a result. The man ran from police and fire personnel and tried to hide in the church chapel. Because the man had no connection to the church or school, police believe he was committing a burglary when he fell.
A couple from North Newton will be sentenced in December after admitting in court to abusing three orphans they adopted from Peru. The two entered Alford pleas to several counts of child abuse. They were arrested in February of last year after an 11-year-old boy was found walking barefoot in a field and told authorities he was afraid to go home.
New research finds Kansas was the only state in the nation to lower its adult obesity rate last year. The annual survey is a project of the Trust For AMerica’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The adult obesity rate in Kansas now sits at 31.2%, three percentage points lower than a year ago.

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