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The chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court made a pitch for more court funding during Wednesday's State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature.

Justice Lawton Nuss says they've been losing staff and have trouble recruiting new workers and judges because of low pay. Nuss is asking lawmakers for $40 million over two years for raises and other costs.

“I do have a concern that if this trend continues, our ability to provide justice to Kansans will suffer,” Nuss said Wednesday.

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When retracing her steps back to her initial love of literature, author Lyndsay Faye says it began with her father when she was 10 years old.

“When I was done with Nancy Drew he essentially told me that I should read the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. And I said, 'Well yeah, that sounds like a great idea.' And my uncle gave me a very pretty copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," says Faye. "And I'm grateful to both of them because it just changed my entire life."

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Ann Wilson has built a career playing songs about love and life with her sister Nancy in the band Heart. With that group on hiatus, Ann Wilson decided to take the road under her own name. Drawing on Heart's history of hits as well as personal favorites from the wider rock cannon, Wilson has been playing to enthusiastic crowds on her current tour. She says that leaving the Heart name behind, at least for the moment, has given her some new freedom.

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After court documents unsealed Tuesday raised questions about its research methods, chemical giant Monsanto says it did not ghostwrite a 2000 study on the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in its flagship pesticide Roundup.

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Kansas senators will consider a budget-balancing plan for the current fiscal year that avoids cuts, but Thursday's debate will likely also include some talk of budget trimming.

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The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday morning on whether the state constitution protects a woman’s right to an abortion. Last year the Kansas Court of Appeals said it does.

The Kansas appeals court upheld a trial judge’s decision to block a Kansas law banning the second-trimester abortion procedure known as “dilation and evacuation.”

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Sedgwick County commissioners signed off on two grants on Wednesday for programs at the County Health Department and the Regional Forensic Science Center.

The commissioners voted 5-0 to accept a $1.9 million grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Health Department Director Adrienne Byrne told commissioners the grant is a longstanding funding source for various health department programs.

"Without this funding, many of our programs would be drastically reduced or services not be able to be provided," Byrne said.

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has identified more cases of mumps in the state.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday that it’s completed a statewide inventory of sexual assault kits.

In 2014, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation started surveying local law enforcement agencies to find out how many sexual assault kits hadn’t been submitted for testing in a lab. They found more than 2,000.

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Composer Paul Elwood's music has been performed at concerts across the United States and throughout Europe. Elwood's entry into the world of composition came at Wichita State University, where he studied with acclaimed music professor J.C. Combs.