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Carla Eckels

Dozens of people attended a political forum at Wichita’s Tabernacle Bible Church on Sunday that featured candidates for state Legislature.

Candidates weighed in on various issues such education, job growth, Medicaid expansion and the state's public employee pension system, KPERS. Former teacher J. Michelle Vann, a Democrat running for Kansas Senate District 31, told the crowd it's important to fully fund the state's education system.

"If we don’t invest in our children, if we don’t invest in our public education, we will pay in the penal system," she said.

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About 60 people showed up for a public forum at Kansas State University yesterday on how best to implement a new state law that will allow concealed carry of handguns on university campuses in Kansas next July.

Kansas lawmakers — at least the majority of incumbents — think college campuses will be safer starting next July. That’s when a law they approved will allow people to carry concealed handguns on Kansas Board of Regents campuses.

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Republican Party leaders have been crafting their platform ahead of the GOP convention in Cleveland next week. Delegates will decide whether or not to adopt the platform that includes opposition to same-sex marriage.

Among the proposed planks is one calling for a reversal of the U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that legalized same-sex unions in all 50 states.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been helping craft the party platform at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The GOP delegate had some significant influence on the document.

The platform is a series of policy idea and goals drafted by party officials that will be presented to the full GOP convention next week.

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Concealed carry applications in Kansas dropped during the 2016 fiscal year.

Between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, about 5800 people applied for a Kansas license to carry a concealed firearm.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says that’s a "steep decline" from the previous fiscal year, when the state received almost 10,000 applications. It's the third year in a row that the number has dropped.

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No federal charges will be filed against a gun owner whose weapon discharged at a graduation ceremony Sunday in Augusta.

The gun owner wounded himself and a bystander when the gun he had stuffed into his sock accidentally discharged.

Augusta Police Chief Tyler Brewer says that the federal law prohibits carrying a gun into a safe school zone, but he says the law does not apply when the gun owner has a state concealed carry permit. Brewer says they will still pursue other possible charges.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill allowing many public employees to carry concealed weapons when they’re traveling on the job. The change means employees for cities, counties and government agencies can now carry guns when they’re working out in the community.

During debate earlier this month, Republican Sen. Forrest Knox said this allows workers to protect themselves.

“You should not, if you’re a public entity, a public employer, be able to require your employees to be defenseless,” Knox says.

A woman has been charged with providing guns to the man who killed three people and injured several others at a factory in Kansas.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Friday that 28-year-old Sarah T. Hopkins is charged with one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon.

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Kansas colleges and universities are preparing for the summer of 2017. That's when they will have to start allowing students, staff and faculty members to carry concealed guns on campus.

Schools can opt out of this policy, but only if they spend millions of dollars to upgrade security measures.

One survey showed a majority of university employees opposed the idea of allowing guns on campus.

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The Kansas Senate has rejected two proposals that would have affected concealed carry on Kansas college and university campuses.

The first proposal would have allowed universities to ban concealed guns through 2021. Under current law, concealed guns will be allowed in university and college buildings starting in 2017.

Republican Sen. Jeff Longbine said campus surveys show staff and students aren’t ready for it.

But Republican Sen. Forest Knox said this is about trusting law-abiding gun owners.

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