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An anti-abortion activist who shot and wounded George Tiller in 1993 and firebombed clinics in Oregon and elsewhere has been released from prison to a halfway house to finish her sentence.

The Federal Correctional Institution in Waseca, Minnesota, confirmed Tuesday that Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon has been sent to a halfway house where she will complete a 20-year sentence stemming from two Oregon cases for arson and other crimes targeting abortion clinics. Her final release date is Nov. 7.

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Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer has picked another ex-mayor as his running mate for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Brewer on Tuesday announced former Gardner Mayor Chris Morrow as his choice for lieutenant governor.

Morrow, 55, was a Gardner City Council member before serving as mayor for more than four years. He stepped down in January.

Morrow is a Navy veteran who ran an employment agency. He also recently obtained a real estate license.

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Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer has picked the owner of a fast-food restaurant as his running mate in the GOP gubernatorial primary race.

Selzer announced Monday that Jenifer Sanderson is his choice for lieutenant governor. She and her husband run a Sonic restaurant in Goodland in western Kansas.

Selzer says in a news release that she has a "record of working to create an environment for both financial growth and more freedom."

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A Kansas lawmaker has switched to running for state treasurer after planning to seek the Democratic nomination for secretary of state.

State Sen. Marci Francisco of Lawrence announced her decision Thursday. Democrats had not found a candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Treasurer Jake LaTurner.

Former Uber and Google executive Brian McClendon of Lawrence is running for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state. Francisco's switch likely heads off a primary contest for him.

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Some Kansas lawmakers have expressed discomfort with the Commerce Department's operations and authority to reward companies without proving the value of taxpayer investments.

The department crafted an economic incentives package in 2016 to keep a food products supplier's headquarters in Wichita. Cargill is receiving funding from the package to retain and grow jobs while starting and ending with the same employee total.

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A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of three men who plotted to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees in Garden City.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Monday reset the sentencing date to Sept. 6 for Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen. The case had been scheduled for sentencing next month, but some defense attorneys asked for more time in part to prepare for it.

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Kansas has legalized the sale of state lottery tickets through vending machines, and they're expected to start popping up in stores and gas stations next year.

Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer this week signed a bill sought by lottery officials to authorize vending-machine sales. Most states already allow such vending machines, and Kansas Lottery officials see them as a way to boost sales.

Lottery Director Terry Presta said Friday that annual sales eventually could rise by up to $100 million.

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Attorneys for four public school districts suing Kansas are arguing that a new school funding law is as much as $1.5 billion short of providing adequate funding.

The attorneys filed legal arguments Monday with the Kansas Supreme Court against a new state law that phases in a $548 million increase in spending on public schools over five years.

Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt argued Monday that the GOP-controlled Legislature approved a "massive" funding increase.

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed legislation fixing a flaw in a new public school funding law as the state Supreme Court prepares to consider whether it increases spending enough.

Colyer's office tweeted photos Monday from a signing ceremony at the Olathe public schools' headquarters. The bill ensures that the state phases in a $534 million increase in spending over five years as intended.

Legislators learned before Colyer signed the new funding law in April that it inadvertently shorted schools $80 million.

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Republican legislators in Kansas are trying to break a political stalemate over a bill granting legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that won't place children in LGBT homes.

House and Senate negotiators Thursday drafted a new version of a bill that would prevent the state from barring agencies from providing adoption services if they refuse to place children in homes violating their religious beliefs.

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