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Officials: Students’ gender identity determines restroom use »

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says in a court filing that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity. The department says in a statement of interest filed Monday that failure to do so amounts to sex discrimination under Title IX of the U.S. […]

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Kansas AG plans to appeal ruling blocking anti-abortion law »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to appeal a state district court judge’s ruling blocking the state’s first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester abortion procedure. Attorneys representing Schmidt filed a notice Wednesday in Shawnee County District Court that they intend to ask the Kansas Court of Appeals to overturn the […]

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Feds investigating whether airlines are fixing ticket prices »

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DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, Associated Press ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A document obtained by The Associated Press shows the Justice Department is investigating whether airlines are colluding to grow at a slower pace as part of an effort to keep airfares high. The government has requested information from airlines as […]

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2 Kan. men hospitalized after train, semi crash and fire »

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OSWEGO- Two Kansas men were injured in an accident just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday in Labette County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2016 Freightliner semi driven by John J. Tyler, 35, Chanute, approached the train tracks from the west at 7000 Road just west of U.S. 59 and five miles south of Oswego. […]

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Gov. Brownback signs one bill into law »

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Office of the Governor TOPEKA–Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the following bill into law on June 30, 2015. House Bill 2142 – clarifies the effective date of the recently passed legislation related to requirements for a vote for any property tax increase above the rate of inflation. During the 2015 legislative session, the Governor signed […]

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Salina man gets 9 life sentences for sex offenses »

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A Salina man convicted of rape and indecent liberties with a child has been sentenced to more than nine consecutive life sentences. The Salina Journal reports that 41-year-old Glenn D. Lippard was sentenced Wednesday in Saline County District Court. He was found guilty in March of rape, aggravated indecent liberties with a […]

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Kansas utility agrees to refund $10M, drop electric rates »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The largest electric utility in Kansas has agreed to refund $10 million to its customers and decrease its rates slightly to settle a complaint filed by state regulators with the federal government. Topeka-based Westar Energy and the Kansas Corporation Commission announced the settlement Wednesday. It would a resolve a complaint filed […]

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Police: 2 dead after shooting in Overland Park UPDATE »

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Police in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, say two people have died in a shooting. Officers who responded to the scene Tuesday evening say they found one victim injured in the street and a second person dead in a nearby house. The injured man later died at […]

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Kansas woman reaches $132K settlement over gun sale »

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas gun dealer sued for selling the shotgun a man used to kill himself and his son has reached a $132,000 settlement. Elizabeth Shirley sued the owners of a Baxter Springs gun shop, claiming negligence in preventing the 2003 sale of the gun to her husband’s grandmother when her […]

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Number of wiretaps in Kansas surge in drug investigations »

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new government report shows a surge in the use by authorities of wiretaps last year in Kansas for drug investigations. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts issued its annual report to Congress Wednesday. It reports that the number of wiretaps nationwide decreased slightly in 2014 compared to the previous […]

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Kansas AG To Join Suit Against EPA Water Rule »

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By ANDY MARSO Fresh off a win in one multi-state lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced he will join another. Schmidt’s office said Tuesday morning he was joining attorneys general from eight other states in fighting the “Waters of the U.S.” rule intended to expand the scope of the […]

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Kansas residents have higher taxes but less gun regulation »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents are paying higher taxes on cigarettes, groceries and other consumer goods but no longer have to obtain a state permit to carry a concealed gun. The tax increases and concealed carry change are among a raft of new state laws that took effect Wednesday. Other new laws help veterans, […]

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Troublesome zebra mussels found in Kansas lake »

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WELLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — Wildlife officials say troublesome zebra mussels have been found in a lake in south-central Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism said Wednesday that well-established populations of invasive zebra mussels have been found in multiple locations around the 675-acre Wellington Lake in Sumner County. The department says there’s no […]

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