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Suit: Kansas official must disclose uncounted ballot names

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The top election official in Kansas violated the state's open records law by refusing to release the names of people who cast provisional ballots or say whether their votes were counted, according to a lawsuit filed Wednes...

 

Spurred by pandemic, Kansas ACLU launches clemency project

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group on Thursday launched "The Clemency Project" to try to secure the release of Kansas prisoners whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to the coronavirus, following a stinging defeat in court. The...

 

Harvesters struggle to recruit foreign crews during pandemic

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas harvester Mike Keimig is growing increasingly anxious about whether the foreign seasonal workers he needs to run his nine combines and drive his grain trucks will arrive in time for the start of the winter wheat...

 

Kansas ranchers burn land despite plea from health officials

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas ranchers eager to prepare their land for cattle grazing have mostly brushed off the plea from state health officials to voluntarily cut back this spring's prairie burning to reduce air pollution during the...

 

ACLU seeks release of Kansas inmates vulnerable to COVID-19

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group asked the Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday to immediately release prisoners who have preexisting medical conditions that make them vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. The American Civil Liberties Union of...

 

Court awards $1.5M to Kansas man wrongfully convicted

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man awarded more than $1.5 million on Monday after spending 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit plans to continue his fight against those responsible for his nightmare, his attorney said. In...

 

Kansas case spurs House panel inquiry on judicial harassment

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday questioned the adequacy of the protections against workplace harassment and misconduct in the judicial branch after a federal judge in Kansas was publicly reprimanded for sexually...

 

Lawsuit: Kansas Highway Patrol targets out-of-state drivers

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Ninety-three percent of the Kansas Highway Patrol's traffic stops in 2017 involved cars with out-of-state plates, according to a lawsuit challenging the practice as an infringement on motorists' constitutional rights. In an...

 

Man who says he was banned from Kansas may return after deal

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who claims he was banished from Kansas as a condition of a plea deal could be allowed back in the state under an agreement reached Monday, although a county prosecutor disputes that he was ever banned from returning. The...

 

Group challenges Kansas ban on telemedicine abortions

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A group that supports abortion rights on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging a Kansas ban on telemedicine abortions, a practice that allows women in rural areas to get abortion pills without an in-office consultation in a...

 

Judge: Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship to vote

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, finding such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a ruling with national implications for voting...

 

Wildfires in 4 states kill 6, force thousands from homes

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Crews grappling with vexing wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of land in four states and killed six people soon may get a bit of a break: Winds are forecast to ease from the gusts that whipped the flames....

 

Refugee populations drawing doctors to rural Kansas

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Dr. Scarlett Gard's passion for humanitarian work took her to India and Bangladesh. After finishing her medical training, she set off for a place she knew had a diverse population in need of doctors: western Kansas. Gard...

 

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