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Government panel urges end to phone data spying

Posted: 01/23/2014 - The White House is disagreeing with a government task force that is urging President Barack Obama to shut down the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone data.

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Lt. Governor's $500,000 loan to Brownback not unusual

Posted: 01/20/2014 - While a $500,000 loan from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to the re-election campaign of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback raised a few eyebrows, analysts say the gift is part of a growing campaign practice.

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Feds deny state bids to tighten voter registration

Updated: 01/18/2014 - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has championed his state's proof-of-citizenship law to keep non-citizens from voting, particularly those in the U.S. illegally.

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Kansans in Congress split on spending bill

Posted: 01/18/2014 - Members of the Kansas congressional delegation have split their votes on a federal spending bill that includes $404 million for building the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan.

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Kansas legislators mull death penalty appeal changes

Posted: 01/18/2014 - Kansas has nine men under sentence of death since the law took effect in 1994, but no one has completed the appeals process at the state level, putting the date of the state's first execution years in the future.

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President Obama fuels reform on some, not all, NSA spying

Posted: 01/18/2014 - Obama said he was placing new limits on the way intelligence officials access phone records from hundreds of millions of Americans — and was moving toward eventually stripping the massive data collection from the government's hands.

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UPDATE: Kansas legislators hear death penalty measures

Updated: 01/16/2014 - Kansas legislators have heard debate on proposals to abolish the state's death penalty law, hearing emotional pleas from families of murder victims not to reopen painful wounds from the past.

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UPDATE: Kansas Senate panel takes up tougher crime measures

Updated: 01/15/2014 - Top prosecutors are urging a Kansas Senate committee to take a harder stance on certain murder sentences, including increasing the penalty for premeditated first-degree murder to a mandatory 50 years to life in prison.

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Bill includes funds for McConnell construction

Posted: 01/14/2014 - U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says the final Omnibus appropriations bill includes $219 million for upgrades at McConnell Air Force Base to accommodate the new KC-46A tankers.

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