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The Journal Gazette

Friday, August 10, 2018 1:00 am

Nation/world

Kansas governor accuses GOP foe

Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer demanded Thursday that Secretary of State Kris Kobach stop advising county elections officials while their battle for the Republican nomination for governor hangs in the balance, accusing him of giving them information “inconsistent with Kansas law.”

The close contest between the embattled governor and a conservative lightning rod took an acrimonious turn as Kobach's already tiny lead shrank from 191 votes to just 121 out of 311,000 ballots cast, after two counties reported discrepancies in their initial tallies.

Tennessee executes man in 1986 killing

Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade.

Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-security prison in Nashville and was pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m., authorities said. He was convicted in 1986 in the death of Paula Dyer, a Knoxville girl he was baby-sitting.

Parkland parents want board ousted

The parents and spouses of the Florida high school massacre's victims called Thursday for the ouster of their county's school board, saying the members haven't done enough to bolster security before students return to class next week.

Tony Montalto, president of Stand With Parkland, the group the families formed after the Feb. 14 attack, pointed to the Broward County school district's decision to abort an internal investigation into the shooting and to delay installing metal detectors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where his 14-year-old daughter Gina, 13 other students and three staff members died.

Two parents of victims are running for the board in the Aug. 28 election where five of the nine seats will be decided.

New Zealand to ban plastic bags

New Zealand plans to ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July as the nation tries to live up to its clean-and-green image.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said early today that New Zealanders use hundreds of millions of the bags each year and that some of them end up polluting the precious coastal and marine environment. New Zealand's two main supermarket chains had already announced their own plans to phase out plastic shopping bags by the end of this year.