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TOPEKA, Kan.--An anti-abortion leader said Wednesday that Kansas should consider strengthening its ban on profiting from fetal tissue sales following Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's call for the state medical board to investigate Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

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TOPEKA, Kan.--The Kansas attorney general's office says it received 9,805 applications for concealed gun permits for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release Tuesday that he expects the program to remain popular even with the law passed by the Legislature this year allowing eligible Kansans to carry concealed guns without a license.

TOPEKA, Kan.--Faced with dwindling state funding, the Kansas Bioscience Authority is laying off several staff members and scaling back operations.

The KBA invests public money in the biotech industry to foster startups and attract investment in Kansas.

But state funding for the agency has been cut significantly since 2012. Statute allows for the KBA to receive up to $35 million each year. But from 2012 through 2015 it received less than $29 million.

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TOPEKA, Kan.--Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's campaign approached a Westar Energy official for a campaign debt donation while the utility is in the process of seeking a rate increase, a newspaper reported.

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Kansas faces a court-imposed deadline to make its arguments as a judge considers whether to explicitly strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

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A mathematician at Wichita State University who wanted to check the accuracy of some Kansas voting machines after finding odd patterns in election returns is finding out how difficult it can be to get government officials to turn over public documents.

DODGE CITY, Kan.--A former staffer for U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp has been sentenced to 12 months in prison in a Kansas child- sex case.

Matthew Pennell was sentenced Friday in Ford County after admitting to two of the 17 child sexual exploitation counts he was charged with in March. The Dodge City Daily Globe reports that Pennell also will be required to register as a sex offender and complete a treatment program.

The affidavit says Pennell was in possession of child pornography.

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The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded seven earthquakes that were spread across Kansas this month.

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A man who is accused of killing three people because he believed that they were Jewish is arguing with the judge in his case.

OLATHE, Kan. -- A judge rejected a series of defense motions Friday in the death penalty case of a white supremacist charged with killing three people last year at two Jewish sites in Kansas.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--Mars Inc. announced plans Wednesday for a $100 million expansion of its candy-making plant in Kansas, a facility that was the company's first new plant in 35 years.

The deal, which the company disclosed in advance of a Topeka economic development meeting, comes a little more than a year after the New Jersey-based company opened its $270 million plant south of the city.

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