Gov. Brownback issued a statement Friday saying his administration is committed to minimizing the effects of the shutdown. The governor says the state can juggle its cash reserves to fund programs that are usually sustained by federal dollars.
For example, the state had enough in its reserve for the governor to cancel furloughs for state workers who process unemployment benefits Friday.
The U.S. Justice Department is challenging a ruling that an abortion opponent's letter saying someone might place an explosive under a Wichita doctor's car is constitutionally protected speech.
The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division filed a brief notice Thursday, saying it will appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals a federal judge's summary decision that Angel Dillard's letter was not a "true threat" under the law.
The Justice Department sued Dillard in 2011 under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
Many of Wichita’s homeless are expected to visit Inter-Faith Ministries Safe Haven Saturday to receive free veterinary care for their pets.
Veterinarian Dr. Christen Skaer and her nonprofit organization, the Sedgwick County Animal Response Team (SCART), are holding the first of their free triannual checkups, called Project Care, for animals affected by poverty and homelessness.