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Seven most surprising moves this legislative session in Kansas

The Legislature reached “turnaround” this past week, the midpoint in the session and the deadline for many bills to pass one chamber or get sidelined until next year. Although the most significant work still lies ahead, here is a look at some of the most surprising moments of the session so far.

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Cache of Joyland’s stolen goods recovered with Louie the Clown

Wichita police returned last week to the home where Louie previously was found and recovered other items from Joyland Amusement Park, including the Vampiress, ghosts and tombstones from the Whacky Shack, and Porky the Paper Eater’s face, according to Roger Nelson, son of Margaret and Stan Nelson, the longtime owners of the park.


When your father is the BTK serial killer, forgiveness is not tidy

Few people are the sons or daughters of serial killers. But psychologists say all of us suffer trauma in life. How we respond defines us. One key, as Kerri Rawson’s psychologist said later, is who we have in our lives and how good they are at guiding us. Another key, as Kerri herself would say someday, is whether we can forgive the seemingly unforgivable.


The Wichita Eagle’s annual Oscar Ballot Contest offers a top prize of $350 worth of gift certificates to the Warren Theatres that are good not only for movie admission but also for anything else the theater sells.

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For Indian tribes, an ethical gamble on high-interest lending

In the middle of the Ottawa National Forest, there is a Native American reservation where snowdrifts mark the main road into town. At the end of that town, there is a casino with penny slots and a three-story hotel. In back of that hotel, there is a locked, unmarked door with a punch code. And beyond that door is a repurposed ballroom, once used for wedding receptions, where 11 workers – backed by a Wall Street hedge fund, supported by a call center in the Philippines – now sell loans online to credit-constrained Americans at annualized interest rates of 780 percent.


Seoul: North Korea test fires 2 short-range missiles

North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of “merciless strikes” against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion.


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