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A new bill introduced in the state legislature would legally protect Good Samaritans who break into vehicles to save overheating children and animals.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that lawmakers heard testimony Monday for the potential legislation.

The bill states it would provide immunity from civil liability when a vehicle is damaged by a person trying to aid a "vulnerable person or domestic animal" in situations where there is "imminent danger of harm" and law enforcement has been notified.


The Kansas Education Department will continue distributing millions in bus funding despite a recent audit that says the payments are barred under current state law.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the state Board of Education says it will keep paying for school districts' bus operations under the same formula it's been using for decades until instructed otherwise. A January independent audit of how transportation aid to districts had been distributed says the formula is based on a law repealed in 1973.

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British convenience store operator EG Group is buying Kroger's convenience store unit for $2.15 billion as it expands into the U.S.

Kroger — the parent company of Hutchinson-based Dillons — and other grocery store operators are facing tougher competition from companies including Walmart and Amazon. Kroger, based in Cincinnati, has been considering a sale of its convenience store operations since October.

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Candidates would be required to be at least 18 to run for statewide offices in Kansas under a bill introduced in response to six teenagers entering the race for governor.

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Kansas lawmakers have rejected an effort to repeal a law that allows people to carry concealed firearms in most facilities at public colleges and universities in the state.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Kansas House voted 53-69 against Democratic Rep. Barbara Ballard's repeal amendment Thursday.

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The Kansas House advanced a bill that will allow people as young as 18 to carry concealed weapons.

Currently only those 21 and older can carry concealed weapons. The new law would require those between 18 and 21 to get a gun permit, which is not required after age 21.

The bill advanced Thursday by a vote of 85-35 and could come to a final vote Friday.

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Court documents say a Wichita man has been arrested after threatening to "blow up" the White House.

Brandon Koss was taken into custody Wednesday. He has been charged with making a threat against the president. His public defender didn't immediately return an email message from The Associated Press.

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Kansas is reporting that it collected $165 million more in taxes than expected in January, and its top tax official sees the surplus resulting from changes in federal tax laws.

Revenue Secretary Sam Williams said Thursday that federal tax changes enacted late last year encouraged people to pay state and local tax bills before 2017 ended.

The Department of Revenue reported that Kansas took in nearly $747 million in taxes last month. The state had expected tax collections of $582 million.

The monthly surplus is more than 28 percent.


A chartered train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican policy retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck Wednesday morning in a rural Virginia town.

No lawmakers or aides were reported injured, but the White House said one person was killed and another was seriously hurt. Lawmakers said the fatality appeared to be someone who was in the truck.

U.S. Rep. Ron Estes of Wichita and his wife, Susan, were on the train. Estes said in a tweet that “Susan and I are OK – praying for those injured.”

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Boeing Co. is forecasting better-than-expected earnings and revenue in 2018.

Along with rival Airbus, Boeing is benefiting from demand for new airliners that has created huge backlogs lasting several years. Aircraft deliveries are generating immediate cash faster than Wall Street expected.

Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita's largest employer, is a major supplier to Boeing and also does work for Airbus. Spirit will release its fourth-quarter and 2017 financial report on Friday.