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Republican legislators in Kansas are moving to shift city and local school board elections to the fall of even-numbered years.

House and Senate negotiators have drafted a plan to get rid of the traditional scheduling of local elections in the spring of odd-numbered years.

Local elections would be on the same schedule as contests for county, state and congressional offices. Under the bill, city and school board races would be listed first on the ballot.

Supporters say the bill will increase turnout.

On Tuesday, Governor Brownback signed into law a ban on a certain type of abortion. Wichita has drawn attention from all sides of the abortion debate since Dr. George Tiller, who performed late-term abortions, was murdered in 2009. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation making Kansas the first state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says new federal regulations threaten home health care services in Kansas.

Schmidt asked a federal appeals court on Monday to affirm a lower court ruling that blocked new U.S. Department of Labor regulations. In a court brief, Schmidt argued the federal agency overstepped its authority by s requiring overtime pay for home health care workers and reducing the services they can provide.

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A south-central Kansas county is investigating its first case of whooping cough in a decade.

Kingman County officials say a student at Kingman High School came down with the illness on March 27. The student currently is being treated at home.

The Hutchinson News reports 25 to 30 people who were in close contact with the teenager are being treated with an antibiotic.

Kingman County Health Department spokeswoman Mary Schwartz says those people will be tracked for 21 days. The department also is working closely with the school to watch for more cases.

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There's a meeting planned this week in Kansas to discuss concerns about using water pumped from the Ogallala Aquifer in northeast Colorado to help satisfy streamflow requirements on the Republican River.

The gathering Tuesday in St. Francis will include Governor Sam Brownback along with agriculture and water officials.

Representative Rick Billinger of Goodland wants to gather input on the pumping project and "possible ways to preserve the Ogallala for future users."

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Greensburg will have a movie theater again soon.

The Twilight Theater is re-opening 25 years after it closed its doors.

The theater opened in 1917 and was a hub of activity until it closed in 1989. Renovations were scheduled to begin in May 2007, until an EF5 tornado destroyed 95 percent of the town that month.

Funds were raised again.

Theater executive director Adam Wagner says new the building has state-of-the-art sound, lighting and concessions systems, and it will be the largest screen between Wichita and Denver.

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The Ride-hailing company Uber says it will be forced to pull out of Kansas if the governor signs a bill increasing regulations on its drivers.

Both chambers passed the bill Thursday.

The Legislature's email server was rendered temporarily inoperable Tuesday by a deluge of protest emails from the company's users, who want Uber to stay in Kansas.

The bill would require some drivers for Uber and other ride-hailing companies to have broader insurance.

It would also require the drivers to undergo background checks through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

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The Kansas Senate has advanced tighter rules for the state's social services that include a $25-a-day limit on withdrawals with a cash-assistance card from ATMs.

Senators gave first-round approval on a voice vote on Wednesday to a bill that enshrines existing policies from Governor Sam Brownback's administration into law, so they'll be harder to undo.

The policies include a requirement for able-bodied recipients of cash assistance and food stamps to work or seek jobs.

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A Wichita State University mathematician has filed an open records lawsuit seeking the paper tapes from electronic voting machines in Kansas.  

She hopes they will explain statistical anomalies in election returns.

Beth Clarkson is chief statistician for the National Institute for Aviation Research and holds a Ph.D. in statistics.

She sued Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner Tabitha Lehman yesterday, and is seeking a court order allowing her to audit the machines.

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Kansas counties would be allowed to expand liquor licenses under a bill being discussed by a state Senate panel.

The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee is holding a hearing today to discuss the issue.

The bill would allow supermarkets and other retailers to sell liquor, wine and full-strength beer in counties that approve the measure through a local election.

Supporters say it would be more convenient for consumers, but opponents say it would hurt the state's roughly 750 individually owned liquor stores.

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