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Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed a bill that included provisions prompted by a multi-million dollar tax dispute with pizza magnate Gene Bicknell.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the bill that Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed on Tuesday was designed to help taxpayers challenge rulings of the Board of Tax Appeals. Under the ruling, taxpayers would be allowed to appeal decisions from the governor-appointed board to district court, where they could present new evidence.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill designed to help prosecutors address sexting, the sharing of explicit photos, among teenagers.

The bill was among 17 Brownback signed into law Monday and Tuesday. His office announced the signings on Wednesday.

The measure creates new misdemeanor crimes of transmitting photos of a child ages 12 through 17 and possessing nude photos of a child ages 12 through 15 if the picture is sent by the subject of the photo.

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The Obama administration is telling public schools that they must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

The directive is in formal guidance being sent to school districts Friday by the departments of Education and Justice.

The letter does not impose any new legal requirements, but federal officials say the guidance is meant to clarify school districts’ obligations to provide students with nondiscriminatory environments.

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Kansas has delayed cutting off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood facilities in the state and has postponed any action against the organization until June 7.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri spokeswoman Bonyen Lee-Gilmore said Wednesday that the state sought another extension to prepare for the first hearing in a federal lawsuit challenging the cutoff and that the delays are sign of how the state's decision is "all political."

"Clearly, there's no public health emergency at play," she said.

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A jury ruled today in the civil trial of anti-abortion activist Angel Dillard. Dillard was accused of threatening the life of a doctor who was planning on performing abortions.

The jury sided with Dillard, agreeing with her attorneys that the letter she sent Dr. Mila Means was free speech and not a "true threat." Means was training to perform abortions two years after Dr. George Tiller was murdered in his church in Wichita in 2009. Tiller was one of very few doctors in the nation who performed late-term abortions.

A Planned Parenthood attorney says Kansas will not cut off Medicaid funding for the abortion provider until May 24.

Attorney Bob Eye said Friday that Planned Parenthood and the state Department of Health and Environment agreed on the timing of the cutoff after Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit.

A department spokeswoman did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

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An advocacy group is sending a letter to the U.S. Elections Assistance Inspector General to ask her to look into actions by the EAC's new executive director.

More than 116,000 people have signed an online petition urging the inspector general to investigate what it calls voter suppression at a federal government agency entrusted with making voting more accessible.

The progressive advocacy group CREDO Action said it planned to deliver petition signatures Wednesday to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's Inspector General Patricia Layfield.

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A woman was in civil court today under a charge that she threatened a Wichita doctor who was at the time training to perform abortions.

Angel Dillard sent a letter to Dr. Mila Means in 2011 saying, in part, that, "They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live," and, "You will be checking under your car everyday [sic] because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it."

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Kansas lawmakers approved a bill today aimed at changing welfare policies and reducing prescription drug costs within the state's Medicaid program known as KanCare. The measure is now headed to Gov. Sam Brownback for approval or veto.

Kansas is reporting that its tax collections last month were $2.6 million more than expected, giving state officials a small dose of good news in dealing with ongoing budget problems.

The Department of Revenue reported Monday that the state collected $584.3 million in taxes in April, when the official projection was $581.7 million. The surplus was 0.5 percent.

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