Conservative losses, factory shooting among Kansas’ top news

Kansas Statehouse (KSN News)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Conservatives’ election losses have been named the state’s top story of 2016 by Associated Press reporters and editors.

A "Star of Hope" adorns the grass outside the Excel Industries plant in Hesston. (Photo: KSN/Brittney Glas)
A “Star of Hope” adorns the grass outside the Excel Industries plant in Hesston. (Photo: KSN/Brittney Glas)

The gains for moderates followed mounting discontent over budget shortfalls, education funding and sales and cigarette tax increases.

A gunman killing three people and wounding 14 others in February at a Hesston lawnmower factory was the second-biggest story of the year.

Coming in third was three members of an anti-Muslim militia group being charged in October with plotting to bomb an apartment complex where 120 Somali immigrants live and worship. That story was followed by the 10-year-old son of a Kansas state lawmaker dying in August on a water slide billed as the world’s largest.

Rounding out the top five was Kansas’ worsening budget situation.

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