Morning Rush: Earhart may not have died in crash; Moran’s town hall; Kobach backlash

‘Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence’ premieres July 9

Watch a trailer from the History Channel on a new documentary airing Sunday, "Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence."
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Watch a trailer from the History Channel on a new documentary airing Sunday, "Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence."

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How did Amelia Earhart die?

A newly revealed photo suggests Amelia Earhart did not die in a plane crash over the Pacific. Instead, the photo suggests, she crash-landed, was captured by the Japanese and later died, Donna McGuire and Lisa Gutierrez report.

Old photos trace the career of famed aviator Amelia Earhart. The famous Kansas-born aviatrix disappeared July 2, 1937, while attempting to fly around the world. The most widely held theory is that she crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

Moran’s town hall

A small Kansas town is preparing for the spotlight in the health care debate as U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran will hold a town hall Thursday, Bryan Lowry reports. Moran is one of the only swing votes holding a town hall during the congressional break.

Dozens attended a rally pushing for a fair health care bill Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Sen. Jerry Morgan's Olathe office.

Hand amputated after fireworks-related injury

More than 90 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries during this Fourth of July holiday. One injury required the amputation of a hand, Robert A. Cronkleton reports, and another person suffered 40 percent burns over a patient’s body.

The festival was created 12 years ago by Friends of the River KC, a volunteer organization geared towards river cleanup and conservation. The 2017 show lasted about 13 minutes and launched roughly $100,000 worth of fireworks.

Kobach’s data quest deserves backlash

The Star’s editorial board writes that Kris Kobach’s quest for voter data from every state deserves bipartisan backlash. Secretaries of state across the country, including Republicans, denounced it as intrusive and improper and are refusing to comply.

President Donald Trump appointed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to a new commission on May 11, 2017, that will investigate voter fraud and other election issues, according to White House officials. This video includes photos by AP Photo/Car

Royals win in extra innings

Salvador Perez clubbed a two-run homer in the top of the 10th against the Seattle Mariners — the decisive blow in a 9-6 victory, Rustin Dodd reports. The Royals are now just a half game behind the first-place Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.

The Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez talks about being selected starting catcher for the 2017 All-Star Game, with his son, Johan, at his side.

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