Gov. Sam Brownback signs bill nullifying local gun laws in Kansas

The bill signed by Gov. Sam Brownback prevents cities and counties from restricting the sale of firearms and ammunition or regulating how guns are transported and stored. Supporters of the measure contend that a patchwork of local regulations has infringed upon gun ownership rights. But opponents of the new law call it undemocratic.

Bank robber shot during holdup is sentenced to prison

Michael S. Oliva was sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison for trying to rob a Missouri bank last year. Oliva’s holdup of the bank in Trimble, Mo., was halted by a bank employee who shot him in the face.

Missouri governor says flaw in tax cut bill is ‘crippling’

Thanks to one sentence in the bill, Gov. Jay Nixon thinks the General Assembly may be wiping away all taxes for those who earn more than $9,000 a year. He said doing so would strip away two-thirds of state revenue, punch a $4.8 billion hole in Missouri’s budget and ultimately force the closure of public schools, prisons and mental health facilities. But GOP leaders say the governor’s argument is “laughable.”

Future is uncertain for suburban icon King Louie

The former bowling alley and ice rink closed five years ago. Johnson County taxpayers now own it, but some are fuming about that, noting that the $3.6 million the county spent to purchase and stabilize the facility over the last 30 months could have been used to address other public needs.