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For the third consecutive year, Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing to use money generated by a federal law that he opposes to help balance the state budget.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he has no plans at this time to ask lawmakers to ban voters who use a federal form to register from casting ballots in state and local elections.

Kobach said Wednesday that he believes a judge made legal errors when he ruled last week in favor of voters who challenged his office's "dual registration" system. He says he may appeal or ask the judge to reconsider.

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Parents of children with seizure disorders asked Kansas lawmakers Wednesday to legalize the use of medical hemp oil.

A bill that's before a Senate committee would allow medical use of the oil, which doesn’t induce a chemical high. Kiley Klug came to the Statehouse with her son Owen, who she says suffers up to 20 seizures a day. She says hemp oil could help treat the seizures without the side effects of some other medications.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of reinstating the death penalty for the Carr Brothers and another death row inmate named Sidney Gleason, who was convicted in a separate case.

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Nearly a quarter of social workers with the Kansas Department for Children and Families left the job in the yearlong period ending Dec. 1, and job vacancies increased by more than two-thirds at the same time.

DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore told the House Children and Seniors Committee on Tuesday that recruitment and retention were areas of focus for the agency, and its strategic plan also pointed to a need to hold on to employees. But that’s a challenge for DCF in part because social workers can make more money with other employers, she said.

Authorities say a 24-year-old inmate of the Sedgwick County Adult Detention Facility has died of an unknown cause.

The sheriff's office says in a news release that the inmate was found around 10:15 a.m. unresponsive in his cell. Both onsite medical staff and emergency responders were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at 10:55 a.m.

Officials say the death will be investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the sheriff's office.

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Emergency responders say a small plane carrying two people onboard had a "hard touchdown" at Wichita's Jabara Airport, but no one was seriously hurt.

Wichita Fire Department's battalion chief, Stuart Bevis, said the plane came down at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on the north end of the airport runway. He says one person was treated for minor injuries at the scene, but refused transport to the hospital.

He says the main issue emergency responders have been dealing with now is fuel leaking from one of the wing tanks.

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Kansas’ largest personal computer manufacturer has pledged a gift valued at $2.5 million to provide computers, monitors and five years of desktop support for the engineering department at Wichita State University.

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A special committee of Kansas lawmakers has approved a series of recommendations for revamping education. They range from tossing out the current tests for students to giving the state oversight of bonds issued by school districts. Republican Representative Ron Highland is chair of the committee.

“I think we boiled it down with some very salient recommends and if I were betting I’d say that several of those will be looked at closely,” says Highland.

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The head of the Kansas Department for Children and Families says concerns over discrimination against same-sex foster parents are causing a distraction.

The comments from Secretary Phyllis Gilmore came at a committee meeting at the Statehouse on Tuesday. Gilmore said the allegations are being politicized and taking focus away from other issues.

“If ever the distraction of that issue for political means results in a child’s death, I would say shame on the legislators who are politicizing it,” Gilmore says.

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