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Kansas residents whose voter registrations have been suspended because they haven't provided a passport or birth certificate have 90 days to provide the documents before their registrations are canceled.

The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center is hosting a town hall next week that aims to get feedback from veterans and their families.

The event is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 in the facility's auditorium. The agency VA's regional office in Wichita also will be holding a benefits claim clinic from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded more than $950,000 in public safety grants to two Native American tribes in Kansas.

The grants are among 206 national awards totaling more than $97 million announced Wednesday for Native American tribes.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports about $875,000 of the grants will go to the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska for various causes including alcohol and substance abuse, prevention of violence against women and tribal government programs.

Some state lawmakers are considering allowing some form of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act amid the looming closure of a hospital in southeast Kansas.

Mercy Hospital in Independence announced last week that it was closing its doors on Oct. 10, partly due to declining reimbursement rates from Medicare.

Senate Vice President Jeff King said Tuesday that Kansas should consider a state-centric approach to addressing poor residents' health care needs.

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Court documents are offering a glimpse at the early impact of the gay-marriage ruling in Kansas.

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Wichita State University says it will add four more police officers as it continues to work on multiple fronts to ensure a safe campus.

University Police Chief Sara Morris said in a news release Monday the university recognizes that several recent incidents have raised concerns about campus safety. She says the crime rate is low, but no crime is acceptable.

The four new officers will be in addition to the 28 already employed, and will be hired under an expedited search process.

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Gov. Sam Brownback says work on a new formula for funding Kansas' public schools should focus on how local districts spend their money, create incentives to shift dollars into classroom instruction and encourage merit pay for teachers.

The Republican governor said during an Associated Press interview that he'd like the GOP-dominated Legislature to draft a new formula next year. It would determine how the state distributes the bulk of its aid the 286 districts, now more than $4 billion.

Several Kansas lawmakers say they're keeping an eye on the outcome of a new lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a state law that deals with financing for the court system.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the lawsuit against the state of Kansas aims to strike the law linking funding of the entire judicial branch to the survival of a mandate that judges in each judicial district control appointment of their administrative chiefs.

A new report shows a small decline in the number of Kansans with health insurance coverage through the federal online marketplace during the spring and early summer.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Tuesday that nearly 85,000 Kansas residents were enrolled in health plans through the federal marketplace at the end of June.

Data from a research center at Wichita State University shows economic misery was up slightly for Kansas in the second quarter of this year.

Data compiled by the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University shows the misery index for the state went from 4.44 in the first quarter to 4.46 in the second quarter because of a small increase in the unemployment rate.