Kansas Statehouse

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Heavy rains flooded several Statehouse offices and displaced some of the researchers that work for Kansas lawmakers. Friday morning, maintenance staff and members of the Kansas Legislative Research Department were cleaning up and sorting through water-damaged books and documents.

Raney Gilliland, director of the department, said a 10-inch pipe that carries rainwater from the roof of the Statehouse failed during a storm.

“With the deluge that we had last night, this collar broke and all of the water from the roof ended up in [our] office,” Gilliland said.

Stephen Koranda

The Kansas Statehouse grounds were closed for several hours this morning as police used a robot to inspect a suspicious package.

A man reported to Topeka police that his friend had placed a cardboard canister on the Statehouse grounds as a prank. Capitol Police Officer Patrick Saleh says they didn’t think the item was a threat, but they used a bomb squad robot to inspect it anyway.

The extra caution was because there was a hazardous material sticker on the container.

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Several posters promoting a white nationalist group were placed near the Kansas Statehouse in downtown Topeka. At least one of the posters was still up Wednesday morning, with another found partially torn down.

The posters are associated with the group Identity Evropa, which describes itself on Facebook as “educating the people of European heritage about the importance of a Eurocentric identity.”