Candidate’s wife is running mate


Candidate’s wife is running mate

TOPEKA, Kan.

A Republican running for Kansas governor has named his wife as his running mate.

Former state Sen. Jim Barnett announced Thursday that Rosemary Hansen is his choice for lieutenant governor. She and the previously divorced Topeka physician married in September.

Washburn University of Topeka political scientist Bob Beatty says he knows of no other instance of spouses on the same ticket in Kansas.

Barnett is one of four major GOP candidates for governor in a crowded field with a sizable part of the Republican electorate undecided.

Hansen has served 26 years as a foreign service agent for the U.S. State Department, including in Washington and embassies in Germany, Bosnia, and Afghanistan.

She holds a master’s degree in public administration. Barnett says her knowledge will help them make state government more efficient.

Police arrest suspect in gunfire in evacuation zone

HONOLULU

Police on Hawaii’s Big Island have arrested a man suspected of firing a gun in a mandatory evacuation zone near the Kilauea volcano.

County officials say police responded shortly after noon Tuesday to a report of gunshots fired in Leilani Estates and arrested a 61-year-old man.

Police say the man assaulted, then pointed a firearm at a group of people and fired several shots. No injuries resulted from gunfire.

The suspect was arrested on Wednesday.

Red Cross to send surgeons to Gaza

JERUSALEM

The International Committee of the Red Cross is sending surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists, drugs and equipment to Gaza to support the overburdened local health system, focusing on patients wounded by Israeli fire in recent border protests.

The Red Cross said Thursday that out of more than 3,600 Palestinians wounded by gunfire since late March, about 1,350 will need between three to five surgeries each. The agency will open a 50-bed surgical unit, and its surgeons will perform about half of an estimated 4,000 surgeries.

It says such a caseload would overwhelm any health system, and that the situation in Gaza is worsened by chronic shortages of drugs, equipment, and electricity.

Gaza has endured a border blockade by Israel and Egypt since the Islamic militant Hamas seized the territory in 2007.

Activists want to block refuge at former nuke weapons site

BOULDER, Colo.

Environmental activists have filed a preliminary injunction request to keep Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge from opening at the site of a former nuclear weapons facility.

The Daily Camera reported Thursday that the refuge is planned for more than 7.8 square miles (20 square kilometers) and set to open in the summer.

Activists claim the refuge has not been proven to be safe for visiting members of the public.

Before seeking the injunction, activists filed a suit naming the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Federal Highway Commission and others as defendants.

State and federal officials have said a $7 billion cleanup and remediation has made the area safe for both animals and humans.

Associated Press

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