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Missouri lawmakers appear uninterested in Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reduce the business "border war" between the two states.

Brownback last week offered to lessen his state's efforts to lure jobs away from the Missouri side of the Kansas City metropolitan area if Missouri's lawmakers would in turn weaken a law they approved in 2014 addressing the issue.

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Attorney General Derek Schmidt says a law signed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last week satisfies the state's constitutional duty to provide equitable funding to public schools.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Schmidt filed a brief with the state Supreme Court on Friday urging it to withdraw its threat to close the state's schools.

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A federal judge may temporarily block Kansas from enforcing its proof-of-citizenship requirement for people who register to vote at state motor vehicle offices.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson took the case under advisement Thursday after hearing four hours of arguments in Kansas City, Kansas.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed a bill designed to make it easier for local communities to attack blight by taking over abandoned properties.

The Republican governor cited property rights in his veto message Monday to legislators. Brownback said the aim of the bill was laudable but said it "takes a step too far."

The bill would have changed the definition of abandoned property to include blighted real estate that has been unoccupied for a year. It would have allowed a district court to give a local government or nonprofit group possession.

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An annual ranking of health environments in counties throughout the nation contained depressingly familiar news for Wyandotte County this year.

The county ranked 101st in Kansas, based on data from about 40 factors, ranging from premature deaths, obesity, child poverty, housing stock and access to exercise. Four Kansas counties didn't provide data for the report. Wyandotte County has consistently ranked last or nearly last in the rankings since they began in 2010.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he has advised Donald Trump's campaign on immigration issues, particularly the GOP candidate's plan to force Mexico to pay for a border wall.

Trump has proposed making Mexico pay for the wall by cutting off remittances that Mexicans living in the U.S. send back to their homeland, unless Mexico makes a one-time payment of $5 billion to $10 billion.

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Gov. Sam Brownback announced today that he will delay payments to the state's retirement fund. The move, he says, would help address Kansas budget shortfall.

Kansas is delaying roughly $90 million in contributions to pensions for public school and college employees as a potential short-term response to lower-than-expected tax collections.

Gov. Sam Brownback's office announced the move Friday. It said Brownback's budget director notified the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System that the contributions due on April 15 would be "temporarily delayed."

The League of Women Voters of Kansas has joined a federal class action lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law that requires voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship to register.

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UPDATE

Thursday, April 7, 10:14 a.m: KPR's J. Schafer reports that Kansas officials say all major wildfires across the state have now been contained and are under control. Ben Bauman, the spokesman for the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, says the massive wildfire burning in northwest Oklahoma is no longer presenting a threat to counties in southern Kansas.

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The man convicted of killing abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was back in court Tuesday.

Scott Roeder was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of Tiller, who was one of the few doctors in the country who performed late-term abortions. Roeder said that he killed Tiller in order to save the babies who were in imminent danger.

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