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Attorney calls Kansas death penalty discriminatory

Posted: 03/09/2014 - John Val Wachtel is representing Phillip Cheatham Jr., who was convicted in 2005 of killing Annette Roberson and Gloria Jones and trying to kill Annetta Thomas in 2003.

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Kansas Senate OKs 'compromise' judiciary budget

Posted: 03/07/2014 - The Kansas Senate has passed a budget for the judicial branch but only after bundling it with bills that would reduce the state Supreme Court's authority over judicial districts.

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Kansas faith leaders still seek gay-marriage bill

Posted: 03/06/2014 - A dozen Kansas religious leaders are calling on legislators to approve special legal protections for gay-marriage opponents before the federal courts invalidate the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Political party switching bill clears committee

Posted: 03/06/2014 - The Kansas GOP wants the legislature to widen the time between when a registered voter can switch parties to discourage those who simply want to vote in a different primary to manipulate the vote.

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UPDATE: GOP pushes bill to limit party switching to vote

Updated: 03/06/2014 - A Senate committee has recommended passage of a bill sought by the Kansas Republican Party that would make it more difficult for voters to switch parties before voting in primary elections.

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Kansas state senators ponder help for home brewers

Posted: 03/05/2014 - Home brewers are asking a Kansas Senate committee to endorse a measure easing state restrictions on their craft so they can share their beer, wine and cider with friends and have it judged in contests.

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Kansas revising teacher licensure process

Posted: 03/03/2014 - The proposed changes are being written by the state Department of Education and would create rules for private-sector professionals to receive licenses to teach skills in public schools.

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Bill to open Kansas police records advances

Posted: 02/27/2014 - The Kansas House has approved and sent to the Senate a bill that allows more access to police documents about the reason behind arrests.

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Kansas House OKs official state fossils

Posted: 02/27/2014 - Two ancient giants that once roamed the area now known as Kansas have earned approval from the House to be designated as the state's official fossils.

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Ex-Kansas congressman testifies about Alzheimer's

Posted: 02/27/2014 - Former Kansas congressman Dennis Moore asked a U.S. Senate subcommittee to increase funding for support of Alzheimer's research and people like him who are afflicted with the disease.

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Kansas House seeks to expand rural economic zones

Posted: 02/27/2014 - Kansas House members are preparing to approve a bill that would add four southern counties to a program that seeks to boost population and economic development in rural areas.

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