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A federal judge has voided the Kansas ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree summarily ruled Monday that the provision in the Kansas constitution that prohibits issuing marriage licenses same-sex couples or recognizing such marriages violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That ruling also applies to any Kansas statute, law, policy or practice that bars or fails to recognize such unions.

A new report released by the Kansas Health Institute estimates that proposed health cuts in the Sedgwick County budget could contribute to 65 preventable deaths each year.

The study claims that over time, the proposed $910,374 in health and human services cuts could lead to two additional diabetes deaths, five additional infant deaths, 17 additional cancer deaths and 41 additional heart disease deaths in Sedgwick County each year.

This piece originally aired on Aug. 6, 2015, during All Things Considered.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has disclosed that they have not received any reports on the handling of fetal tissues in the last 15 years.

The disclosure about fetal tissues comes after Gov. Sam Brownback asked the Board of Healing Arts to investigate whether there have been any illegal transfers of fetal tissue which results from abortions in Kansas.

The largest electric company in Kansas has reached an agreement with a consumer advocacy agency and other parties to scale back a proposed increase in the utility's annual rates to $78 million.

Westar Energy Inc. announced Thursday that it had a settlement with the Citizens' Utility Ratepayers Board, the staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission and all other parties in its rate case. Westar had sought a $152 million rate increase.

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A new study published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that cattle numbers are up after years of drought. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, that could mean lower beef prices down the line.

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Records released by the state show Kansas faced pointed questions from U.S. officials about its now-abandoned plan for a $25-a-day limit on ATM withdrawals with cash assistance cards.

The state Department for Children and Families on Wednesday released an email from a regional U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official.

The state agency eliminated the cap on ATM withdrawals Tuesday, a day after receiving the email. The HHS official attached a list of questions containing a statement that the limit appeared to violate federal law.

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Kansas legislators are reopening their debate over requiring body cameras for police, and a key Republican says he's determined to resolve issues that kept lawmakers from enacting such a policy.

Local officials and law enforcement groups remained concerned Tuesday about the potential costs and limiting access to the recordings.

Such proposals have been a response to the Aug. 9, 2014, fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old who had scuffled with a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says the final version of a federal rule for cutting carbon emissions from power plants is "twice as bad" for the state as the original version outlined a year ago.

The Republican governor said Monday that changes announced by Democratic President Barack Obama will force Kansas to reconsider how it responds.

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Teenagers in Kansas are among the least likely to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, according to the Immunize Kansas Coalition.

Only 12 percent of teens in Kansas have received all three doses of the vaccine to protect againsts HPV, which was one of the lowest rates in the country in 2013, said coalition chairman John Eplee. The Topeka Capital-Journal also reports that Kansas teens rank in the bottom quarter for meningococcal meningitis vaccination rates.

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The University of Kansas has announced that it received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help recruit and support migrant students.