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Anecdotal evidence from prosecutors across the state indicates opioid abuse is growing in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said, but he urged lawmakers not to forget the state’s ongoing methamphetamine problem.

Schmidt on Thursday answered questions about the issue from a panel of lawmakers in Topeka.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has released the results of a top-to-bottom review of the Kansas Amber Alert program. Schmidt requested the review in response to concerns about the execution of the system.

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At the request of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee introduced a bill Thursday that would increase criminal penalties for crimes targeting law enforcement officers.

Deadline Approaching For RadioShack Gift Card Refunds

Nov 28, 2016
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Unused gift cards from RadioShack can still be redeemed, but the deadline is close.

When RadioShack went into bankruptcy last year, attorneys general, including from RadioShack's home state of Texas, worked on the terms of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court order to allow the refunds.

If you purchased a gift card at RadioShack, or on its website, you have until the Dec. 2 deadline to ask for a full refund.

The Kansas AG office offers help at InYourCornerKansas.org.

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Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has lost his lawsuit against the justices of the Kansas Supreme Court who suspended his law license three years ago.

Kline challenged the validity of the court’s decision. He claimed the court violated a provision of the Kansas Constitution when five of its justices recused themselves and were replaced by temporary judges.

But a federal judge didn’t buy it and tossed Kline’s lawsuit, saying it presented a political question and therefore had to be dismissed.

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Kansas is one of 21 states suing the U.S. Department of Labor over a new rule regarding overtime pay.

If the rule stands, close to 4 million additional workers in the U.S. would be eligible for extra compensation when they work more than 40 hours a week. That's because the Department of Labor ordered a change that effectively doubles the wage threshold at which a worker can be deemed "exempt" from overtime pay.

All workers who make less than $47,476 a year will be eligible. The rule includes government employees.

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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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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider its opinions in a group of DUI cases in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Kansas AG Office To Hand Out Child ID Kits

Jun 24, 2016

People from the Kansas Attorney General’s office will be at the Kechi Fair Saturday to talk about identity theft and child safety.

Representatives from Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office will hand out free child identification kits at the fair. The kits allow parents to keep a child’s records on hand, such as fingerprints, height and weight, and a current photo. There is also a a place to record important medical information, and each kit comes with a swab to take a DNA sample. Law enforcement can use the identity kits to find missing children more quickly.

Kansas AG Questions 'Hard 50' Sentencing Law

Jul 25, 2013

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is holding a news conference Thursday to discuss his push for a special session of the Legislature.

Schmidt wants to revise the state's "Hard 50" sentencing law.

The law allows judges to sentence people convicted of first-degree murder to a minimum of 50 years in prison before they can seek parole.

The state Attorney General says a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision raised questions about the constitutionality of the Kansas law.