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Kobach raises $96K in secretary of state race

Kobach raises $96K in secretary of state race

TOPEKA (AP) — Campaign finance records show that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach began the year with a significant fundraising advantage over Democratic challenger Jean Schodorf. The Republican secretary of state's re-election campaign filed a report earlier this month showing he raised $96,000 in cash contributions last year and ended the year with $125,000.

Schodorf raised $44,000 and loaned her campaign an additional $2,000. She ended 2013 with almost $39,000. Her finance report says the Democratic challenger didn't begin raising money until late September. However, Kobach raised at least $64,800 in cash contributions after Schodorf began fundraising.

Retired Wichita officer laid to rest

WICHITA (AP) — Hundreds of people attended the weekend funeral for Ken Landwehr, the retired Wichita police commander who helped solve more than 600 homicides. Landwehr died Jan. 13 at age 59.

During the Saturday service at Central Community Church in Wichita friends and colleagues remembered Landwehr as a devoted family man and tough investigator. He joined the Wichita Police Department after he was himself a victim of armed robbery in 1977. He went on to lead the agency's homicide unit for 20 years and the task force that captured BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, who killed 10 people and eluded police for decades, in 2005.

Kan. Guard to host foreign officers

TOPEKA (AP) — A group of international military officers will visit Topeka next month to learn about Kansas history and see state government in operation.

The 47 officers come from 40 countries. They're taking advanced military courses at the Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

The Kansas National Guard will play host to the officers on Feb. 6. Their schedule in Topeka includes a presentation by state Court of Appeals Chief Judge Thomas Malone at the Kansas Judicial Center.

They'll also visit the Statehouse to meet Gov. Sam Brownback and tour the House and Senate chambers.

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