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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback that a new state law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional.

Holder to Gov: New Kan. Law is Unconstitutional

KSAL StaffMay 2, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback that a new state law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional. The U.S. attorney's office for Kansas on Thursday released a copy of a letter to Brownback from Holder last week, sent the day after the new state law took effect. The law says the federal government has no authority to regulate guns m...

Snow and strong winds combined to close Interstate 70 in western Kansas from Goodland to Burlington, Colo., overnight.

Snow Closes Portion of I-70

KSAL StaffMay 2, 2013

Snow and strong winds combined to close Interstate 70 in western Kansas from Goodland to Burlington, Colo., overnight. The Kansas Department of Transportation says driving conditions combined with road construction projects caused slide-offs and some accidents Wednesday evening. Other roads in northwest Kansas were snowpacked and icy as a storm system that dropped several inches of snow in Color...

Kansans turned in 5 tons of unused meds

KSAL StaffMay 1, 2013

The Kansas attorney general says Kansas residents turned in a record five tons of unused medications in the National Drug Take-Back Day. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says law enforcement officials collected about 10,000 pounds of medications at 101 locations across the state during the event Saturday. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the event was sponsored nationwide by the federal D...

Federal grand jury indicts Kansas doctor

KSAL StaffMay 1, 2013

The U.S. attorney's office for Kansas says a federal grand jury has returned a four-count indictment against a Kansas physician accused of unlawfully distributing prescription drugs. Michael Schuster of Manhattan was indicted Wednesday on one count each of conspiracy to illegally distribute controlled substances, drug distribution, unlawfully distributing drugs to a person under 21 years old and ...

Attorneys seeking a settlement over a lawsuit challenging the state's school finance system say two days of talks have been unsuccessful.

School Finance Talks Unsuccessful

KSAL StaffMay 1, 2013

Attorneys seeking a settlement over a lawsuit challenging the state's school finance system say two days of talks have been unsuccessful. The parties filed a status report Wednesday with the Kansas Supreme Court. Attorneys representing the state and plaintiff school districts and parents met for mediation Monday and Tuesday. A three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court ruled in January t...

Three Charged in Freight Theft Conspiracy

KSAL StaffMay 1, 2013

Federal prosecutors have charged three people with a brazen freight trucking scheme that spanned the country. An indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Wichita alleges the three men tried in 2011 to steal a trailer load of packaged beef worth $82,700 from the Tyson plant at Holcomb. Prosecutors say they posed as a freight hauler and dropped off a refrigerated trailer so it could be loa...

Anyone with information on 27-year-old Kristin Tyler is asked to contact Salina Police.

Police Find Missing Woman’s Car

KSAL StaffMay 1, 2013

Salina Police locate a car as the search for a missing woman continues. Lt. Scott Siemsen says 27-year-old Kristin Tyler has not been seen or heard from since last Thursday, her car was found yesterday at about 3:45pm. "We did locate her vehicle," he said. "It was parked abandoned in the apartment complex at 2130 E. Crawford." Police impounded her 1998 Buick LeSabre and searched the vehicle for...

Hundreds of classified employees of Kansas State University are discussing whether to no longer be civil service employees.

K-State Employees Consider Leaving Civil Service

KSAL StaffMay 1, 2013

Hundreds of classified employees of Kansas State University are discussing whether to no longer be civil service employees. The employees are scheduled to meet this week to discuss the move, which would remove them from the control of the Legislature. A vote would not come until November. Similar committees of classified employees have formed at Wichita State and Emporia State universities. The...

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Kansas Ordered To Pay Fees In Redistricting Lawsuit

KSAL StaffMay 1, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Three federal judges have ordered Kansas to cover $389,000 worth of attorneys' fees and expenses for parties involved in a lawsuit last year over political redistricting. The three judge panel ruled Tuesday that 15 people involved in the lawsuit were entitled to have at least some attorneys' fees and expenses covered. The Legislature failed last year to approve any plans for ...

Brownback: Use Bioscience Money For Stem Cell Center

KSAL StaffApril 30, 2013

Gov. Sam Brownback says the state should divert $1.15 million from bioscience efforts to fund a new adult stem cell center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The governor said Monday that the money from the Kansas Bioscience Authority could be used to create the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center, with $754,500 per year to maintain the center after that. The Lawrence Journal-World rep...

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