A plan to expand U.S. 50 in southwestern Kansas no longer includes leveling a historic rock formation.
U.S. 50 expansion from a two-lane road into a four-lane expressway will use a paved 16-foot median as it passes the Point of Rocks formation, which was once used as a navigational aid for travelers and cowboys along the Santa Fe Trail.
The original plan would have leveled the formation.
But the Kansas Department of Transportation considered other options after discussions with groups, including the Santa Fe Trail Association.
Volunteers have removed two swastikas that were spray-painted onto a mural in Wichita. On Saturday, volunteers scrubbed off two swastikas that had been sprayed in black paint on "Immigration is beautiful" mural in north Wichita.
High school students painted the art on the side of a store near 21st and Park Place. It depicts depicts two people wrapped in flags, one an American and one Mexican.
In early February, vandals also spray-painted the words "KKK," "welfare" and slur against people from Mexico on the mural.
The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Topeka church who drew international condemnation for hate-filled protests blamed almost everything--including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers--on America's tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.
Daughter Margie Phelps told The Associated Press that Fred Phelps died shortly after midnight Thursday. She didn't provide the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care.
Family members of 84-year-old Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps have confirmed that he's in hospice care in Topeka and may be near death.
The group is known for funeral protests that have created a lot of anger, but equality groups are asking for a different response to Phelp's condition.
Stephanie Mott is with the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, or K-STEP. She's a transgender woman. She has traveled the nation giving presentations on LGBT issues and often hears the same question over and over.
Legislators are also reopening debate on whether the state should give special legal protections for people, groups, and businesses who oppose gay marriage for religious reasons.
A Senate panel will take testimony on Thursday from legal scholars on whether existing state laws protect gay-marriage opponents from being fined or sued for refusing to provide goods or services for same-sex weddings.
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing follows the House's passage of what supporters called a "religious freedom" bill.
Gay-rights supporters are rallying at the Kansas Statehouse at 1pm on Tuesday to protest anti-gay marriage legislation that critics contend would encourage discrimination.
Rally organizers include: the group Equality Kansas, the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.
They oppose a bill that prohibits government fines and anti-discrimination lawsuits when people, groups, businesses cite their religious beliefs for refusing goods, services, accommodations or employment benefits to gay and lesbian couples.