News Briefs: Sept. 29

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A runner was struck and killed by lightning on Saturday in southeast Kansas. Elk City State Park officials confirmed the incident in Montgomery County. According to the National Weather Service, this is the 18th lightning death in the United States this year. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

Protests continue in Hong Kong just a couple days before China’s National Day on Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, demonstrator Justin Leung said, “We know that in the face of the world’s largest totalitarian regime — to quote Captain America, ‘Whatever it takes.'” Protesters chanted “Stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom.” Another pro-democracy protest is set to take place on Tuesday, and Hong Kong’s government has canceled an annual fireworks display.

In light of President Donald Trump’s contact with Ukraine, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said the impeachment inquiry will not take nearly as long as former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation involving Russia. Cicilline told NPR, “Unlike the Mueller report, where we’re trying to piece together events of the past, this played out in plain view and real time to the American people.” The House Intelligence Committee may start holdings hearing this week.

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I'm Pete Loganbill and I'm the News Editor for the Collegian and host of the Collegian Kultivate podcast! I spent two years at Johnson County Community College, and I am now a senior in Public Relations at K-State. I believe constant communication leads to progress, no matter how difficult a comment may be for me or anyone to hear. Contact me at ploganbill@kstatecollegian.com.