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News Minute: Here is the latest Kansas news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. CDT

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(AP) - Unaffiliated voters are at the center of an increasingly contentious battle over who won Kansas's GOP primary for governor with a few hundred votes separating the top two contenders. Local election officials are reviewing an estimated 9,000 provisional ballots to determine which ones will be counted and there have been reports that some unaffiliated voters were mistakenly told to cast provisional ballots while not being given a party declaration to sign, which is required under state law.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has slightly widened his lead over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the state's Republican primary for governor. The state's second largest county released its count of provisional ballots late Tuesday morning. With the updated Sedgwick County numbers, Kobach now leads the sitting governor by just 298 votes out of more than 314,000 cast.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 32-year-old man who fought with and threatened security officers outside a federal office building in Kansas City has been sentenced to 15 years without parole. James Everett Jr. was sentenced Tuesday for threatening a federal law enforcement officer, resisting a federal law enforcement officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The confrontation occurred in March 2016 outside the Richard Bolling Federal Building in downtown Kansas City.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - Robin Jennison, the head of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, will be the new general manager for the Kansas State Fair. The Hutchinson News reports the selection was announced Tuesday by the State Fair Board in Hutchinson. Jennison is a former state lawmaker and Speaker of the Kansas House. He replaces Susan Sankey, who resigned in January to work for the Kansas 4-H Foundation.

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