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The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered the state to remove U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Chad Taylor's name from the ballot, in a ruling that could influence the national fight for control of the Senate.

The court's decision Thursday leaves Democrats without a nominee, potentially making it easier for independent candidate Greg Orman to defeat three-term Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts. The GOP has counted on Roberts winning re-election on Nov. 4 as they seek to recapture a Senate majority.

Taylor withdrew from the race to avoid a split of anti-Roberts votes. But Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who backs Roberts, declared that Taylor didn't fully comply with a state election law in submitting his letter of withdrawal.

Students at Ozark Christian College were awakened around 2:30 Thursday morning to glass shattering. A tree was struck by lightning, sending debris flying, which broke several dorm windows and damaged a few cars. Freshman Trevor Todd tells News Talk KZRG about the experience.

"There's a huge, old tree between Williamson Hall and my hall; a lightning strike came down and exploded the
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The state Supreme Court has set a date for the execution of convicted murderer Mark Christeson. He is scheduled to die by lethal injection early the morning of October 29 at the prison in Bonne Terre. Christeson, 35, was sentenced to death in 1999 for the murders of Susan Brouk and her children, 9-year-old Kyle […]
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