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Four people are dead in Hesston, Kansas, including the shooter, who opened fire at two street intersections before going to his workplace and opening fire there. Fourteen others were injured, and five of those are in critical condition. 

Stephen Koranda

Big tobacco spent the most money of any Kansas organization lobbying the state government last year. Altria Client services spent $223,000.

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A group affiliated with the tobacco industry spent the most money last year lobbying Kansas state government, followed distantly by an organization that opposed efforts to expand the state's liquor laws.

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Gregg Marshall has gone through many senior days over the course of 30-plus years in coaching, from those at tiny Randolph-Macon and Belmont Abbey to his successful run at Wichita State.

This weekend's may be the most emotional of all.

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The Kansas ethics commission has announced no action on a complaint filed by a top Democrat against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign.

The commission emerged from a 20-minute closed session Wednesday without saying anything about the complaint filed last month by Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley.

The Topeka Democrat accused Brownback's 2014 re-election campaign of violating state law by using its funds to pay five law firms more than $167,000 last year.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's proof-of-citizenship rule is in play again, shortly after the federal registration form was changed.

The federal Justice Department has refused to support a U.S. elections official who sided with Kansas, Alabama and Georgia in a fight over whether voters should have to show proof of citizenship when registering using a national form.

Stephen Koranda

Republican lawmakers in Kansas have earmarked $50,000 for the Legislature to hire its own attorneys on school finance issues, leading Democrats to speculate Wednesday that GOP leaders plan to defy a recent state Supreme Court order on education funding.

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Kansas public schools would be required to get parents' permission before students could participate in sex education courses under a bill a state House committee has approved.

Education Committee Chairman and Wamego Republican Ron Highland said Wednesday that the so-called "opt-in" sex education bill is designed to give parents more control.

The measure was approved Tuesday and requires written consent from a child's parent or guardian. Most of the state's 286 local school districts have "opt-out" policies in which a child takes sex education unless a parent objects.

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A House bill under discussion would deny resettlement of refugees in Kansas communities that lack a sufficient amount of services or local law enforcement.

Under the measure, the governor and local governments would determine whether a community has the resources to accommodate the arrival of refugees. A community also could request a moratorium on resettlement if it is unable to provide services to the incoming population.

Stephen Koranda

The Kansas House has approved a plan for eliminating a projected deficit of nearly $200 million in the state's next budget.

The vote Wednesday was 68-53 on a compromise bill drafted by negotiators for the House and Senate to reconcile differences between the two chambers.

The Senate could vote on the plan as early as Thursday, and its approval would send the measure to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

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More than half of the Republicans in the Kansas Senate have signed a letter asking President Susan Wagle to reinstate the former chairwoman of the chamber's health committee.

Senators signing the letter circulated on Tuesday included Majority Leader Terry Bruce of Nickerson. The Associated Press obtained a copy signed by 17 of the 32 GOP senators.

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