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Appeals court rules against Kansas woman in prayer lawsuit

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal appellate court has upheld a judge's dismissal of a Kansas woman's lawsuit against police the Catholic former nurse insisted wouldn't allow her to pray in her own home. A 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel...

 

Kansas governor confirms office calls intercepted by feds

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback confirmed Wednesday that he and two of his top aides received letters from the U.S. Justice Department telling them that the federal government intercepted phone calls between them and an...

 

Texarkana plaintiffs seek progress in 2010 flood lawsuit

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A consolidated federal lawsuit stemming from a 2010 flood at Albert Pike Recreation Area that killed 20 people is now pending before a judge. The Texarkana Gazette (http://bit.ly/2jUbqIg ) reports U.S. District Judge Susan...

 

Texas lawmaker polls mosque leaders on Sharia law support

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawmaker has sent a survey to mosques around the state asking leaders there about Sharia Law and to pledge support for the "safety" of former Muslims who have chosen to leave the faith, implying that they could face...

 

New Mexico speedy trial right threatened, chief justice says

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court warned lawmakers Thursday that the state's budget crisis threatens to undercut constitutional guarantees to a speedy trial, funding for juries, access to court records and...

 

Internal probe of Kansas Guard faults 'toxic' leadership

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An internal investigation of the Kansas National Guard has raised alarms about leadership problems that include instances of enlistment document forgery and racism. Guard officers found evidence that confidential information...

 

Female Olathe firefighter files sexual harassment lawsuit

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — An Olathe firefighter has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that was sexually harassed and discriminated against for years. Elizabeth Hinton filed a lawsuit against the city in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, the...

 

Court rules city's interests outweigh worker's speech rights

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the "operational interests" of a city as a public employer outweigh the free speech rights of a former secretary who provided an affidavit in support of a fired police officer's lawsuit....

 

GOP again eyes sanctuary cities ban due to political tide

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans have spent years trying to crack down on illegal immigration across the southern border with Mexico. Emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, however, the time may finally be right for the GOP to mobilize...

 

Election means fewer women in Oklahoma Legislature

Women, already underrepresented in the state Legislature, will hold fewer seats in 2017 despite a surge in the number of female candidates this year. Those results, coupled with Hillary Clinton’s failed bid to become the first woman president,...

 

Kansas man's homemade gun silencers clash with federal law

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — When Shane Cox began selling his homemade firearms and silencers out of his military surplus store, he stamped "Made in Kansas" on them to assure buyers that a Kansas law would prevent federal prosecution of anyone owning...

 

The Latest: Jury returns guilty verdicts in Kansas gun case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on criminal case that indirectly involves a Kansas law seeking to prevent federal prosecution of anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A jury has found two Kansas men...

 

Report: Texas courts jailing poor who can't pay fines

HOUSTON (AP) — Many municipal courts in Texas unfairly jail poor defendants who can't pay fines related to traffic tickets and fail to consider their ability to pay such fines or consider alternatives such as community service to resolve their...

 

Black sheriff's candidate's campaign sign defaced with 'KKK'

PARKER, Kan. (AP) — A black candidate for sheriff in Linn County, Kansas, says one of his campaign signs was defaced with white lettering that said "KKK." LeRoy McConico, a Democrat, says he was surprised by the reference to the Ku Klux Klan on...

 

Kingman settles federal disabilities act lawsuit

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) — A city in south-central Kansas has settled a lawsuit involving a federal act on accessibility for the disabled. The city of Kingman recently settled the case over the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act o...

 

Kansas group to explore issues faced by religious minorities

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas Student Senate is forming a group to explore issues members of religious minorities face on campus. The committee will create a survey to gauge students' accommodations for religious holidays and...

 

Acoma Pueblo takes property tax fight to federal court

ACOMA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Acoma Pueblo has launched a legal fight, arguing that a more than century-old federal law prevents local and state officials from collecting property tax on tribally-owned land in New Mexico even if it's located outside...

 

FAA: Arkansas event followed rules in airplane turkey drop

YELLVILLE, Ark. (AP, Oct. 13, 2016) — Federal Aviation Administration investigators said a festival in northwestern Arkansas did not break any rules when it tossed live turkeys from an airplane. The annual Turkey Trot festival was held last weekend...

 

New Texas immigrant detention center raises questions

ALVARADO, Texas (AP, Oct. 12, 2016) — Some activists are asking questions about a new detention center in North Texas that is slated to house about 700 immigrants, including three dozen transgender individuals. The Prairieland Detention Center is...

 

Arkansas panel eyes potential sites for monuments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP, Oct. 12, 2016) — A subcommittee is looking at two potential sites for monuments to the Ten Commandments and Satan that have been proposed near the Arkansas Capitol, but is asking supporters of the statues to provide more...

 

Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference panel on defeating radical Islam

One of the most fascinating and eye-opening panels at the Eighth Annual Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference was one regarding how America can win the fight against radical Islam. This article is a...

 

Official 'outraged' about charges after KC library arrests

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP, Oct. 3, 2016) — The executive director the Kansas City library system says he is "outraged" that prosecutors continue to pursue charges against a man who was arrested after asking pointed questions during a library discussion...

 

Federal judge blocks Arkansas Planned Parenthood defunding

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday temporarily prohibited Arkansas from blocking Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood, expanding her order requiring the state to continue paying for services for three patients who had sued...

 

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