Thu April 11, 2013
Top Morning News 4.11.13 (Updated)
Wichita pastor accused of staking faces hearing; $714 million for Manhattan biosecurity lab in Obama's budget; Fewer Kansans getting health insurance through employers; Brownback signs religious freedom measure: Judge rules against Wyandotte Nation on Park City land.
Wichita Pastor Accused Of Stalking Faces Hearing
A pastor accused of stalking the executive director of Trush Women Foundation--a newly opened women's clinic in Wichita--is expected to be in court Thursday.
Julie Burkhart has obtained a temporary protection-from-stalking order against Mark Holick. He is accused of picketing Burkhart's home and handing out "wanted-style" fliers.
Thursday's hearing is over whether to make the order permanent.
$714M For Manhattan Biosecurity Lab In Obama's Budget
The state-of-the-art facility, called NBAF, will be built in Manhattan, next to Kansas State University.
Fewer Kansans Getting Health Insurance Through Employers
Researchers at the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center found that 64 percent of Kansans were insured through their employers in 2011.
That's down from almost 74 percent in 2000.
Nationwide, 11 and a half million fewer Americans get their insurance through the workplace in 2011 than they did in 2000.
The study was paid for by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funds health research and programs.
Rising insurance costs are a big part of the decline. The foundation says that when insurance costs rise, fewer employers offer coverage to employees and fewer employees accept it when offered.
Brownback Signs Religious Freedom Measure
Supporters say the legislation will shield Kansas residents from the government infringing on their religious liberties.
Judge Rules Against Wyandotte Nation On Park City Land
A judge has refused to order the federal government to accept a tract of Park City land so that an Native American tribe can build a casino there.
The dispute centers on land in bought by the Wyandotte Nation in 1992.
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act allows tribes to conduct gambling only on Native American lands, which are defined as land within a reservation or held in trust by the United States.
The ruling means the Department of the Interior will decide what to do with the site.
U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson also said she would retain jurisdiction until the department issues a final ruling on the Wyandotte Nation's request.