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Community
1:21 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

10th Circuit Rejects Request For A Full Court Hearing Over Kansas' Same-Sex Ban

On Tuesday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the state of Kansas' request to convene the full court to hear its appeal of U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree's order that the state allow same-sex marriages.

The latest procedural development from the federal appeals court in the case has little practical effect because the U.S. Supreme Court has already refused an emergency request to block Crabtree's order. It means that a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit will hear arguments over the preliminary injunction issued in the Kansas case.

Health
3:08 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Abortion Referrals Case Back Before Kansas Board

A Kansas board is considering whether to continue barring a physician from practicing medicine after scrutinizing her referrals of young patients for late-term abortions and finding that she kept inadequate records.

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Education
1:52 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

KU Adds New Biotechnology Degree Program To Edward Campus

The University of Kansas will soon offer a bachelor's degree in applied science in biotechnology.

Classes for the new degree will begin in the spring semester at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. It will be the university's first bachelor of applied science degree.

The university said in a news that the new degree program will prepare students for careers in life-sciences by bridging the gap between biology, biochemistry and clinical laboratory sciences.

Education
1:47 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Federal Judge: Kansas Science Standards Does Not Violate Religious Freedoms

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleges science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism and violate the religious freedom of students and parents.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled yesterday that Citizens for Objective Public Education and other people challenging the standards did not claim specific enough injuries to allow the case to go forward.

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Crime and Courts
12:46 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Court Ruling Clears Way For The Publication Of The 'In Cold Blood' Files

A judge has decided that the son of a deceased Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent can publish his father's files from the 1959 Clutter family murders.

Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks said in a ruling made public Monday that he made an error when he initially blocked publication of the criminal investigation files in 2012.

His decision comes in a lawsuit by the Kansas attorney general's office against Ronald Nye of Oklahoma City.

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Community
12:43 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Amateur Historian Tracks Down The Grave Of Liberal Founder

An amateur historian has solved the mystery of what happened to the founder of the town Liberal.

Lidia Hook-Gray was researching on an online genealogy website when she discovered that Seymour S. Rogers, and his wife, Addie, were buried in a cemetery in Carthage, Missouri.

Rogers had made his way to southwest Kansas after a failed first marriage and a stint in the Union Army in the Civil War.

He established a homestead with a sod house that doubled as a general store.

Agriculture
12:18 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Farm And Ranch Groups Begin To Gather As Season Wraps Up

The fall harvest of crops in Kansas is mostly in the bin now. Winter wheat planting is done.

Kansas farmers and ranchers are taking advantage of the seasonal lull this week to gather together to socialize, hash out farm policy aims and gather information at three major agricultural conventions.

On Monday, more 1,000 farmers are heading to Manhattan to layout the roadmap for public policy issues that the Kansas Farm Bureau members consider important to agriculture.

On Wednesday, the Kansas Livestock Association kicks off its three-day convention beginning in Wichita.

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Crime and Courts
1:51 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Suspect Now Charged With Capital Murder - Victim in Park Attack Near WSU Has Died

Cornell A. McNeal
Credit Sedgwick County Correctional Facility

UPDATE 11-28-14

A date has been set for a benefit to help aid the children of Letitia "Tish" Davis. It will take place at Kirby's Beer Store on Sunday, December 7. The event will include a live auction, bands, food trucks and more.

UPDATE 11-26-14-

(AP)  A man accused of raping and setting a Kansas woman on fire at a Wichita park was charged Wednesday in the death of the mother of four.

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Crime and Courts
1:20 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Foster Dad Pleads Guilty In Hot Car Death

A foster dad pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter for leaving a 10-month-old girl inside a sweltering car outside of his house in July while he and his partner smoked marijuana.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has said Seth Jackson went to a drug dealer's house July 24 before picking up the girl from a baby sitter. After arriving home, he went inside with a 5-year-old child, but left the baby in the vehicle.

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Government
12:58 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Four Kansas Insurance Dept. Directors Set To Retire In December

Four directors are retiring from the Kansas Insurance Department on December 5th.

Directors Marlyn Burch, life division; Neil Woerman, information technology; Steve O'Neil, consumer assistance; and Ted Clark, anti-fraud, will retire. The department has 11 directors.

Burch has worked for the department for 53 years.

O'Neil joined the department in 1987, while Woerman and Clark joined the department in 2003.

The department will wait to fill the positions until Ken Selzer becomes commissioner in January.

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