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Democrats and voting rights advocates are ramping up voter registration drives across Kansas in the wake of recent court rulings allowing thousands of people to more easily register with a federal form or at motor vehicle offices without providing citizenship documents.

But the state's Republican Party contends those court cases are "practically irrelevant" to the November election.

GOP Executive Director Clay Barker says it isn't putting party emphasis on registration because its numbers are so high in Kansas and registration "tends to take care of itself."

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has decided against proposing across-the-board cuts in state spending next year after his budget director asked agencies to propose 5 percent reductions and found some of the recommendations "harmful" to services.

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A Kansas judge has ordered Secretary of State Kris Kobach to notify thousands of people who hadn't provided documents proving their citizenship that they will be allowed to vote for all offices in the November election.

Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendrick's order affects more than 19,545 voters who registered at motor vehicle offices or with a federal form without providing documentary proof of U.S. citizenship.

The judge stopped short of issuing the permanent injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union. Kobach's office says it is reviewing the ruling.

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The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to enforce her earlier order requiring Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to put on voter rolls people who registered at motor vehicle offices without providing citizenship documents.

In a filing Friday, the group also requested that U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson issue an order for Kobach to show cause why he should not be held in contempt.

Kobach says the state "is in full compliance with the district court's order."

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A majority of the Kansas Supreme Court's justices were openly skeptical Wednesday of the cash-strapped state's arguments that legislators are spending enough money on public schools to provide a suitable education to every child.

But Justice Dan Biles also suggested that if the court concludes that inadequate funding has allowed some children to fall behind, its order might have to be targeted to helping just them allowing the state to potentially shift funds from programs for gifted students.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has discarded as of August the registrations of about 6,570 prospective voters under a rule that allows him to purge them after 90 days primarily for lack of proof of citizenship, the League of Women Voters said Tuesday.

Those prospective voters whose names are missing likely registered at some place other than a motor vehicle office and so their right to vote is not protected by recent court orders compelling Kobach to keep them on the rolls. They would need to register again in order to vote in November.

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The man convicted of killing a Wichita physician who performed abortions will face a new jury this fall. Scott Roeder admitted to shooting Dr. George Tiller in 2009. A jury will be tasked with deciding the length of Roeder's prison term before he is eligible for parole.

The trial to resentence Scott Roeder is set to begin Nov. 28 in Sedgwick County District Court in Wichita. A motions hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21.

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The Kansas Supreme Court wrestled Monday with whether it should censure former Wichita-area judge Timothy Henderson over allegations that he was not candid in answering questions about earlier accusations of sexual harassment and other improper conduct.

Henderson, a Sedgwick County District Judge, lost his re-election bid in the Republican primary. His resignation was effective Sunday. Because of that, his attorney, Thomas Haney, said the latest case against Henderson is now moot.

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A federal appeals court seems likely to side with voting rights groups trying to stop Kansas, Georgia and Alabama from making residents prove they are U.S. citizens when registering to vote using a national form.

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Federal regulators shut down more wastewater disposal wells in response to a record earthquake that hit northern Oklahoma and caused damage in Wichita over the weekend.

Oklahoma officials announced on Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency has shut down 17 wells in Osage County, in the northeastern part of the state.

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