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Embattled Kansas military school plans to close

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An embattled Kansas military school announced Wednesday it plans to close after this school year, saying it has unfairly become a target for litigation and negative media portrayals. St. John's Military School in Salina release...

 

Sex abuse case not only time Kansas judge has been lenient

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge who blamed two teenage girls for a sexual encounter with a 67-year-old man spent nearly a decade on the bench overseeing mostly sealed juvenile and child-in-need-of-care cases behind closed doors before taking...

 

Embattled Kansas military school plans to close

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An embattled Kansas military school announced Wednesday it plans to close after this school year, saying it has unfairly become a target for litigation and negative media portrayals. St. John's Military School in Salina said in...

 

Ruling: Students' free speech, free press lawsuit to proceed

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge cleared the way Monday for a lawsuit to proceed against a Kansas City-area school district accused of violating students' free speech and free press rights last year during a nationwide walkout protesting gun...

 

Kobach's defeat puts future of voter database in doubt

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The future of a much-criticized database that checks if voters are illegally registered in multiple states is up in the air after its patron, Kris Kobach, lost the Kansas race for governor and is out of elected office. A...

 

Judge rules Somalis targeted in Kansas bomb plot can testify

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Somali immigrants can testify at the sentencing this month of three militia members convicted of plotting to bomb their apartment complex in a southwest Kansas city, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Defense attorneys had hoped...

 

Filing: Kansas military school failed to supervise cadets

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas military school failed to adequately supervise cadets entrusted to its care and intentionally inflicted emotional distress in 2014 on a bullied 11-year-old student who had been physically tied together with his...

 

Filing: Kansas military school failed to supervise cadets

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas military school failed to adequately supervise cadets entrusted to its care and intentionally inflicted emotional distress in 2014 on a bullied 11-year-old student who had been physically tied together with his...

 

Report: Kansas election officials reject voter fraud claims

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Election officials in Kansas counties don't believe voter fraud is a problem in the state, according to a survey of local election officials released Friday that counters Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's unsupported...

 

Lawsuit: Kansas "Ag-Gag" law violates free speech rights

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas law banning secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities unconstitutionally criminalizes free speech on matters of considerable public concern, a coalition of animal rights and consumer protection...

 

Kansas recalls 731 license plates over ethnic slur complaint

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is recalling hundreds of vehicle license plates on the streets containing the "JAP" lettering in the wake of complaints that it is an ethnic slur offensive to Japanese Americans. The Kansas Department of Revenue said...

 

Dodge City clerk turns to hired legal gun in election fight

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — When iconic Dodge City, once the home to Wild West gunslingers and buffalo hunters, faced a lawsuit before the midterm elections for moving its sole polling place outside city limits, its top elections official turned to a...

 

Militia men convicted of bomb plot try to bar Somali videos

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Attorneys for three Kansas militia members convicted of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants in a western Kansas meatpacking town have asked the court to bar at sentencing any victim impact...

 

Man who made hoax call in deadly 'swatting' pleads guilty

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A California man pleaded guilty Tuesday to making a hoax call that ultimately led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online gamers over $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game. Tyler R....

 

ACLU says some Kansas counties hinder voter aid efforts

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Some county election officials in Kansas are undermining nonpartisan efforts to help voters at polling sites who may be having problems voting, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas said Friday. Its Kansas Election...

 

US attorney to send monitor to observe Dodge City election

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal monitor will be sent to observe voting in Dodge City in the November election, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a court filing. His notification to the court came on the same day that U.S. District Judge Danie...

 

Kansas militia men blame Trump's rhetoric for planned attack

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Attorneys for Kansas militia members who conspired to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants have asked the court to take into account at a sentencing hearing next month what they called President Donald...

 

New voters get notices listing wrong Dodge City polling site

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — After moving Dodge City's sole polling site outside city limits, county election officials sent newly registered voters an official certificate of registration that listed the wrong place to cast a ballot in the midterm electio...

 

ACLU sues Dodge City over voting access for Hispanics

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Moving the only polling site in Dodge City, Kansas, outside the city limits will make it more difficult for the city's majority Hispanic population to vote because they tend to have less access to transportation and flexible...

 

Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of...

 

Ruling: Kansas gun law no defense to federal firearm charges

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An appeals court on Tuesday upheld the firearms convictions against two Kansas men who mistakenly believed that a Kansas law can shield from federal prosecution anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state. The 10th...

 

Kansas congressional candidate's adventure claims challenged

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A political novice who rode his profile as an outsider-adventurer to the Republican nomination in a competitive Kansas congressional district is facing scrutiny about some of the biographical details he shares with voters....

 

Report: Kansas plans to spend $4.6M on election security

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to spend more than $4.6 million on election security grants over the next five years as it aims to tighten cyber security, modernize voting equipment, audit election results and safeguard voter rolls, according to...

 

Kansas independent candidate wants to lure votes from Kobach

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials certified independent Greg Orman as a candidate for Kansas governor on Friday, and the businessman immediately tried to appeal to disaffected Republicans, who he said view GOP hopeful Kris Kobach as...

 

Kansas governor concedes, says he will endorse GOP nominee

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach after conceding in the state's GOP primary in a surprise announcement a week after their neck-and-neck finish threatened to send the race...

 

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