President Obama

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The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) is hosting an exhibit on former President Barack Obama and his Kansas ties. Mark McCormick, executive director of TKAAM, says the exhibit was completely community driven. The exhibit's run has been extended until May 27. 

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On his last full day in office, President Barack Obama granted clemency to 330 drug offenders. That brings the total number of prisoners whose sentences were commuted under Obama to nearly 1700 -- more than the 11 previous presidents combined.

Richard Reser is one of those 1700. He returned to Topeka in December and recently spoke to Wichita Eagle reporter Oliver Morrison about how he's adjusting to life after prison.

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Texas and four other Republican-led states filed another lawsuit Tuesday seeking to roll back the Obama administration's efforts to strengthen transgender rights, saying new federal nondiscrimination health rules could force doctors to act contrary to their medical judgment or religious beliefs.

The lawsuit is the second in recent months in which conservative states have sued over federal efforts to defend transgender rights.

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Kansas will join legal action against a federal directive that public schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday that Kansas is challenging what he calls the Obama administration’s “unlawful efforts to unilaterally rewrite Title IX,” the 1972 federal law that bans discrimination in public schools on the basis of sex.

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Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, spoke in Wichita Saturday at the annual Sisterhood of the Queens event. The luncheon was held in part to raise scholarship money for high school girls who are part of a mentoring program offered by Rise Up For Youth.

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Mental health issues are a top priority in the president’s plan to reduce gun violence.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, says it will be watching to make sure proposed rule changes treat mentally ill patients and their families fairly.

The president’s plan calls for adding information from the Social Security Administration to the background check system used by people who are purchasing guns.

Rick Cagan of the Kansas branch of NAMI is worried about this change because he says the vast majority of individuals with mental illness are not violent.

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President Obama announced on Tuesday an executive action aimed at curbing gun violence in the U.S.

At the center of the executive action is a section which states that, whether at store, at a gun show, or over the internet, those in the business of selling firearms must conduct background checks on buyers. It’s meant to close a common loophole.

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Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday placed a hold on President Barack Obama's nominee for the secretary of the Army to prevent the White House from taking executive action to close Guantanamo Bay and transfer detainees to the United States.

Roberts and the five other Republican lawmakers who make up the congressional delegation from Kansas issued a joint statement, condemning what they said was the Obama administration's refusal to rule out taking executive action to close the prison in Cuba.

Federal Government Aims To Get 'Every Kid In A Park'

Sep 4, 2015
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A program launched this week by President Barack Obama will give fourth graders free access to federally managed lands and waters.

Obama announced the 'Every Kid in a Park' program earlier this year as a call to action to get more children outdoors. Today more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas with limited access to safe outdoor spaces.

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The White House says a U.S. House budget bill would hurt Kansas, but the state's Congressional members say the president's proposals are worse.

The statement from President Obama's administration details the effects federal spending legislation in the House could have on Kansas programs, parks and agencies.

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