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Kansas advocates propose agency to track foster care system

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Child welfare advocates in Kansas are pushing for an independent agency to monitor the state's troubled foster care system. Nonprofit advocacy group Kansas Appleseed, with support from some lawmakers, wants the state to create...

 

Lockdowns are fading, but GOP outrage isn't in campaigns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic slammed the U.S. economy this spring, Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther became an overnight symbol of rebellion against lockdown measures, spending two days in a Texas jail for refusing to close...

 

Oklahoma court says child neglect charge applies to unborn

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Unborn children are included in the definition of a "child" for purposes of prosecuting child neglect cases, an Oklahoma appeals court ruled on Thursday. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturned a lower court ruling... Full story

 

COVID-19 has Kansas lawmakers pondering broader oversight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas have started pushing to give more of their colleagues a say in how the state manages protracted emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic after months of conflict between them and Democratic...

 

1,500 mail ballots arrived too late to count in Kansas

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — More than 1,500 Kansans did not have their votes counted in the August primary because their mail ballots arrived too late, but many of them were uncounted because voters didn't mail them on time, election data shows. A...

 

Oklahoma group drops plan for redistricting state question

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group seeking to change the way Oklahoma's state and congressional districts are drawn announced Tuesday it is abandoning its plans to seek a public vote on the issue. People Not Politicians Executive Director Andy Moore...

 

Kansas Senate debate sees clashes on Supreme Court, climate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican nominee for Kansas' open Senate seat called Saturday for quick action to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and dismissed his Democratic opponent's disavowal of Green New Deal...

 

Judge: Decatur can ignore 2010 vote, keep full-time mayor

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to force the city of Decatur to follow the results of a 2010 referendum in which a majority of voters backed the city adopting a city manager form of government. The ruling...

 

Feds indict Indian men whose cases led to sovereignty ruling

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation convicted of murder in state court and another convicted of sexually assaulting a child in cases at the center of a major U.S. Supreme Court ruling on tribal sovereignty are now facing...

 

Federal judge upholds Oklahoma election law as 'reasonable'

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected the Oklahoma Democratic Party's lawsuit challenging the state's absentee voting rules. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge John Dowell wrote that the state's absentee voting rules are...

 

Johnson County rebukes commissioner over anarchy post

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The Johnson County Commission has agreed to rebuke one of its members for a Facebook post where he warned of impending anarchy and a "coming war." The Kansas City Star reports that the 4-3 vote to rebuke Commissioner Mike Brown...

 

Suburban Kansas City commissioner warns of 'coming war'

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A commissioner for the most populous county in Kansas urged constituents to buy firearms and prepare for a "coming war" in a Facebook post that described a chaotic end to law and order. Mike Brown, a white member of the Johnson...

 

Kansas Republican's Senate ad relies on out-of-context clips

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Roger Marshall is using out-of-context clips from Democrat Barbara Bollier's ads in a television spot in which his campaign argues that she's trying to hide liberal views from voters, suggesting the GOP doesn't have...

 

Judge orders officials to remove Julia Lynn from ballot

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has ordered the Kansas Secretary of State's office to allow state Sen. Julia Lynn to remove her name from November's ballot so she can care for her ailing sister. The judge in Shawnee County found Friday that the Olathe...

 

Judge bars Postal Service from sending vote info in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Sunday asked a federal judge in Colorado to reconsider an order barring it from continuing to distribute a mailer that the state says contains confusing information about Colorado's mail-in voting system....

 

In defiance of Nevada governor, Trump holds indoor rally

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In open defiance of state regulations and his own administration's pandemic health guidelines, President Donald Trump hosted his first indoor rally since June, telling a packed, nearly mask-less Nevada crowd that the nation was...

 

Governor urges GOP-led state council to extend declaration

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas will face a dramatic reduction in coronavirus-related services that would put residents' lives at risk if a state council does not approve extending a state disaster declaration, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday....

 

GOP-led council extends Kansas governor's coronavirus order

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A mostly Republican state council voted Friday to extend Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's emergency declaration providing services to combat the coronavirus in Kansas, but only after language was added clarifying that the governor...

 

Female politicians in Oklahoma subject to sexism, threats

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma women in local government have received sexist remarks, threats and harassment during recent months, according to a newspaper report. Critics have resorted to name-calling and made comments about elected officials'...

 

Trump and Biden run vastly different pandemic campaigns

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina caps outdoor gatherings at 50 people to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but don't tell that to President Donald Trump. He basked in a largely maskless crowd of several thousand supporters...

 

Trump and Biden run vastly different pandemic campaigns

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina caps outdoor gatherings at 50 people to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but don't tell that to President Donald Trump. He basked in a largely maskless crowd of several thousand supporters...

 

Judge won't let Kansas golfers play while lawsuit proceeds

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Five high school golfers who sued after their suburban Kansas City districts put the brakes on fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic have failed to convince a judge to let them play while the case works its way...

 

Navajo Nation calls for investigation into Fort Hood deaths

DALLAS (AP) — The Navajo Nation has joined calls for an accounting of the deaths at Fort Hood after one of its members became the latest soldier from the U.S. Army post to die this year. Pvt. Corlton L. Chee, a 25-year-old soldier from Pinehill,...

 

ACLU drops lawsuit alleging agency's retaliatory complaint

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas on Monday dropped its lawsuit that accused a former lawyer for the state utilities regulating agency of filing a baseless, retaliatory complaint against two environmental...

 
 By SAM METZ    Regional    September 4, 2020

Nevada lawmakers fund teacher testing plan as schools reopen

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers allocated $6.2 million in federal relief dollars to a program that will test thousands of teachers across the state as they return to classrooms for in-person instruction. The program will pay for...

 

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