Coroner: Hutchinson lawmaker died from natural causes

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A coroner says Rep. Patsy Terrell of Hutchinson died of natural causes.

   Terrell, a Democrat, was found dead June 7 in a Topeka hotel room.

   The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Shawnee County Coroner Charles Glenn said Thursday Terrell had "significant medical problems" consistent with her death.


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Five people say they are interested in completing the legislative term of the late Rep. Patsy Terrell.

Terrell, a Democrat from Hutchinson, died June 7 in Topeka. Democratic precinct committee members will choose a nominee June 21. Gov. Sam Brownback will formally appoint the replacement.

The Hutchinson News reports the five who expressed interest at a Reno County Democratic Party gathering Wednesday are Jim Clark, former union steward and volunteer coordinator for Terrell's campaign; Charles Johnston, producing director at Stage 9; Glenn Owen, former school principal and current paraprofessional; Jason Probst, Opinion/Sunday editor at The News; and Luann Trummel Wellborn, an attorney.

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Terrell's two-year term ends in January 2019 but party leaders hope the winner will run for a full term next year.

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