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Gov. Sam Brownback has named an insurance executive to be acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The administration announced Friday that Jeff Andersen will oversee environmental management and the state's Medicaid program. The Kansas Senate must approve the nomination.

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A California man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Wichita man was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter.

Tyler Barriss, 25, made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court following extradition from California. He was also charged with giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. Bond was set at $500,000.

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The nominee to be inspector general for the state's Medicaid program would take a job that was left vacant for years by Gov. Sam Brownback's administration.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Thursday recommended Lawrence attorney Sarah Fertig become the first inspector general in the state since June 2014.

The Brownback administration outsourced the state's Medicaid program to three for-profit insurance companies, calling the program KanCare. The inspector general was set up in 2007 to oversee the program. The position was abolished in 2014 and has been left vacant.

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A Kansas lawmaker says she will introduce legislation that would end the Legislature's practice of proposing bills without identifying the sponsors.

The Kansas City Star reports more than 94 percent of bills passed in last year's session had no named sponsor. Lawmakers keep their names off bills by introducing them through committees.

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Some Kansas lawmakers say there should be changes to laws concerning when police departments must release body camera footage, but they acknowledge it will be difficult to balance the concerns of several stakeholders with conflicting interests.

The issue arose after two recent officer-involved shootings, one in Wichita and the other in Topeka. The Wichita department waited only hours to release some footage when an officer fatally shot a man while responding to a hoax call. Some residents have called for more footage to be released.

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Kansas lawmakers are preparing to open their annual session facing a court mandate to boost spending on public schools but with little appetite to do what might be necessary to pay for it.

The Republican-controlled Legislature was scheduled to convene Monday afternoon for short, mostly ceremonial meetings to start the traditional 90-day clock. GOP Gov. Sam Brownback, who is waiting to depart for an ambassador's post, will give the annual State of the State address Tuesday evening and lay out budget proposals Wednesday.

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Gov. Sam Brownback has canceled big fee increases for groups using the Kansas Statehouse for events following criticism that his administration was trying to stifle protests.

Brownback's office announced Friday that the Department of Administration would return to its previous $20 fee and refund higher fees already paid by groups.

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Wichita Police say investigators are interviewing people involved in a hoax 911 call that led to a fatal police shooting, but that no new arrests have been made.  

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay provided few updates on the case during a news conference Friday, saying only that officers are focused on following up with people involved. Ramsay wouldn't provide details about those people or their alleged involvement.

Investigators say Andrew Finch was fatally shot by Wichita police after a man falsely reported a shooting and kidnapping at Finch's address.

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Attorneys for three men accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees urged a federal judge to include prospective jurors from rural western Kansas because they are more likely to have voted for President Donald Trump.

But the government countered that granting the request would as a matter of policy "wreak havoc," saying the defense is seeking to pick a jury pool based on ideology while "opening a dangerous door" to similar requests in other cases.

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President Donald Trump is disbanding his controversial voter fraud commission amid infighting, lawsuits and state officials' refusal to cooperate.

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