Saline County

Saline County officials have approved a plan to let voters decide the fate of a $46.5 million bond issue to improve the county jail.

Saline County commissioners voted 2-1 Wednesday to put the bond issue on the November ballot.

The renovations would also include combining the county jail with court services and the county attorney's office, as well as a $3 million parking garage about a block away.

The Saline County Commission has refused to reconsider a vote rejecting a federal grant to provide a type of birth control to county residents.

Two weeks ago, the commission rejected a $6,064 grant through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for intrauterine devices--or IUDs--, after one commissioner said the devices are equal to murder.

After being strongly criticized, the commission said it would reconsider that vote.

Yesterday, commissioners heard from citizens and doctors who offered differing views on whether IUDs caused abortions.