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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is offering guidance on how the state's concealed carry law applies to buildings used as polling places on election days.

Plans for a 200-megawatt wind farm in northwest Kansas are moving forward with approval of three key agreements by the Ellis County Commission.

Sedgwick County health officials are reporting an unusually high number of cases of whooping cough this year.

The county health department says it's received 27 reported cases of the illness so far this month.

That's more than in any month in the past five years.

Whooping cough - also known as pertussis - is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It's highly contagious and causes violent, rapid coughing.

Health officials say babies are especially at risk because they're too young to be vaccinated.

A recent report from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation shows the number of domestic violence incidents in Kansas is at its highest since 1992.

The KBI's Domestic Violence, Stalking and Rape in Kansas report is based on 2012 statistical data submitted to the agency by Kansas law enforcement agencies.

Since 1992, state law enforcement agencies have been required to make mandatory arrests for domestic violence incidents--when there is probable cause that a crime was committed.

A legislative oversight committee is meeting on Monday to hear a status report on changes made to the state's Medicaid program.

The state contracted with three private managed-care organizations earlier this year; they administer Medicaid programs for the poor, elderly, and disabled.

The Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight will hear from groups that represent developmentally disabled and community-based service providers.

A new analysis says the problem of people facing higher costs due to cancellations of their individual health insurance plans have been blown out of proportion. Only six tenths of a percent of Kansans with individual policies are at risk of this situation.

That amounts to fewer than 900 people in Kansas, and about 1.5 million nationwide. The analysis is by the health consumer group, Families USA, which has been a steadfast supporter of the Affordable Care Act.

Kansas Corporation Commission approved a customer rate increase for Westar Energy customers Thursday, saying it was due to increased costs from EPA regulations.

Westar's application requested a $31.7 million dollar revenue increase.

Residential customers with an average monthly consumption of 900 kilowatt hours of electricity will see an average monthly increase of $3.00.

The new rates go into effect on December 1, 2013.

The increase is due to the actual capital improvement costs Westar incurred while meeting EPA regulations at its La Cygne power plant.

The national League of Women Voters and the group's Kansas and Arizona chapters want to intervene in a federal lawsuit over proof-of-citizenship laws in the two states.

The groups filed their requests in a federal court case in Kansas on Thursday.

The national advocacy group Common Cause, three Arizona-based Hispanic-rights groups, and an Arizona political consultant also filed requests to intervene.

Kansas and Arizona and Secretaries of State Kris Kobach and Ken Bennett filed the lawsuit in August.

A powerful arts panel that must approve designs for memorials in the nation's capital is again objecting to plans for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces will hear arguments next month in the appeal of Kansas Airman David Gutierrez.

Gutierrez has been convicted of assault for exposing multiple sex partners to HIV at swinger parties in Wichita.

In 2011, when he was sentenced to eight years in prison and stripped of his rank for aggravated assault, he'd been serving as a sergeant at McConnell Air Force Base.

The court will now consider whether the evidence supports his adultery conviction, since his wife participated in a swinger's lifestyle with him.

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