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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he has no plans at this time to ask lawmakers to ban voters who use a federal form to register from casting ballots in state and local elections.

Kobach said Wednesday that he believes a judge made legal errors when he ruled last week in favor of voters who challenged his office's "dual registration" system. He says he may appeal or ask the judge to reconsider.

Authorities say a 24-year-old inmate of the Sedgwick County Adult Detention Facility has died of an unknown cause.

The sheriff's office says in a news release that the inmate was found around 10:15 a.m. unresponsive in his cell. Both onsite medical staff and emergency responders were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at 10:55 a.m.

Officials say the death will be investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the sheriff's office.

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Emergency responders say a small plane carrying two people onboard had a "hard touchdown" at Wichita's Jabara Airport, but no one was seriously hurt.

Wichita Fire Department's battalion chief, Stuart Bevis, said the plane came down at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on the north end of the airport runway. He says one person was treated for minor injuries at the scene, but refused transport to the hospital.

He says the main issue emergency responders have been dealing with now is fuel leaking from one of the wing tanks.

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In Oklahoma, now the country's earthquake capital, people are talking nervously about the big one as man-made quakes get stronger, more frequent and closer to major population centers. Next door in Kansas, they're feeling on firmer ground though no one is ready yet to declare victory.

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Internal reports show that employees at one of Kansas' state mental hospitals have racked up significant overtime hours.

The Topeka Capital-Journal obtained four weeks of overtime data for the hospital's nursing department covering much of December. The paper says its analysis shows that in recent weeks more than half of all employees in Larned State Hospital's nursing department have worked overtime.

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A new study shows Kansas' high sales taxes on groceries have people crossing state lines to shop, particularly residents living in border counties.

The trend hurts low-income families, rural grocery stores and local governments.

A new measure in the Kansas Legislature that would allow compensation for those wrongfully convicted of crimes was inspired by the case of a man who spent several years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

Rep. Ramon Gonzalez, R-Perry, presented draft legislation Thursday to the House Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The measure doesn't have a bill number and hearings on the measure haven't been scheduled.

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A Kansas judge has ruled that Secretary of State Kris Kobach has no legal right to bar people who register to vote using a federal form from voting in local and state elections.

Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis ruled Friday in favor of two Kansas voters who challenged how Kobach is enforcing a state proof-of-citizenship requirement for registering to vote.

Authorities are trying to determine what caused an explosion and fire at a southwest Kansas business.

The explosion Tuesday at Groendyke Transport Inc., southeast of Liberal, injured four people.

Seward County Fire Chief Andrew Barkley says a propane or natural gas tanker inside a large metal building exploded and caught fire for still-undetermined reasons.

The Hutchinson News reports fire crews believe the tanker was empty but employees reported gas vapors were released.

A foster family's structure should be an important factor when Kansas places abused and neglected children in temporary homes, a legislative panel said Monday in a recommendation that one lawmaker said would encourage discrimination against gays and lesbians.

A House-Senate committee studying foster care issues wrapped up its work just minutes before lawmakers opened their annual session.

The foster care study approved a recommendation that the Department for Children and Families use "evidence-based" factors in placing foster children.

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