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Same-sex couples could get marriage licenses in all 105 Kansas counties Tuesday, but the state wasn't yet allowing gay and lesbian spouses to change their last names on driver's licenses or file joint income tax returns.

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Kansas' attorney general is asking the state's highest court to put on hold a lower court's decision that would provide roughly $50 million more in aid to school districts this week.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed the request Monday with the Kansas Supreme Court. Schmidt said the three-judge district court panel's decision to invalidate key parts of an education funding law was "unprecedented."

The Shawnee County District Court panel's decision ordered Kansas to provide more money to districts using the state's previous school funding formula.

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Kansans who registered to vote using a federal form without providing citizenship documentation will still not be able to vote in state elections despite the latest U.S. Supreme Court action.

The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from Republican officials in Kansas and Arizona who have sought to have federal elections officials enforce state laws requiring new voters to submit a birth certificate, passport or other papers documenting U.S. citizenship.

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Westar Energy's request for new financial setups for households with solar panels has raised concerns among solar advocates who say the arrangements could take away the cost savings of installing solar panels.

"If the proposal gets through as proposed by Westar, I don't know that it's going to eliminate solar installations, but it would make it not economically feasible for a lot of customers," said Mark Horst, a partner in Hutchinson-based King Solar.

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Kansas lawmakers wrapped up their annual session on Friday with a decision on a tax bill and the dismissal of a complaint against state Rep. Valdenia Winn.

The last day of the legislative session is normally ceremonial, but this year, work needed to be done.

Kansas lawmakers fixed a tax bill, which Gov. Sam Brownback says he will sign. The measure resolves a conflict caused by the enactment of two versions of a law aimed at holding down local property taxes. The new law is set to take effect in 2018.

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A Kansas judge on Thursday blocked the state's first-in-the-nation ban on an abortion procedure that opponents refer to as "dismemberment abortion."

The decision from Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks came in a lawsuit filed from the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights. The center represents two Kansas abortion providers and argued the law would force women to undergo riskier procedures or forgo abortions.

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A spokeswoman for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says the Republican is disappointed by a judge's decision to block a new state law that bans a specific abortion procedure.

The governor is a strong abortion opponent. His spokeswoman, Eileen Hawley, released a statement saying Brownback is committed to "supporting a culture of life."

Hawley called Kansas a "pro-life state" and said, "Kansas law should protect human dignity for all Kansans."

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An advocacy group in Kansas is relieved that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a key part of the federal health care overhaul, but members of the state's congressional delegation say they'll still push for its repeal.

The high court on Thursday upheld health insurance subsidies for millions of consumers who purchased their coverage through a federal online marketplace. Kansas refused to set up its own exchange under the 2010 law.

Opponents of an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reduce renewable fuel standards say the agency's indecision has slowed investment in the industry.

The EPA has proposed reducing the required volume of renewable fuels in the U.S. gasoline supply by 4 billion gallons this year and 5 billion gallons next year. The agency says Congress set the standards impossibly high in 2007 and they aren't being met.

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This story originally aired June 24, 2015, during All Things Considered.

A religious liberty group says members of a Native American sweat lodge at a VA medical center in Wichita have been subjected to discrimination aimed at shutting down their religious services.

The Liberty Institute sent a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs concerning the Robert J. Dole Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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