On a 4-3-vote, the Roeland Park City Council defeated a proposal Monday night that would have banned ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It would have been the second city in Kansas, after Lawrence, to offer such civil rights protections to the LGBT community.
Superintendent Steve Green says the district is seeking temporary state accreditation now because as many as 18 students intend to transfer under a Missouri law that allows students to transfer to nearby accredited districts with tuition paid by the unaccredited district. The state Board of Education will consider the request Tuesday in Jefferson City.
Last week, the former congresswoman appeared on a list of moderate Republicans who were endorsing Democratic candidate Paul Davis. Meyers took her name off that list and on Monday endorsed the Republican incumbent, Brownback.
With two weeks to go until the Aug. 4 primaries in Missouri and Kansas, the campaigns seem unusually listless this season. Sluggish campaigns lead to low turnout, and it’s going to be hard to awaken voters in the next two weeks.
Over the past six years he has contributed more than $30 million to local candidates and political action committees. Even his fiercest critics admit that though he has few victories to show for his massive spending, Sinquefield’s impact on Missouri politics has been vast.
Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities.
A proposed state constitutional amendment set to go to voters in August would declare the right to bear arms, ammunition and accessories to be unalienable and would hold restrictions on gun rights to the highest level of judicial review. But some opponents are worried passage of the amendment could lead to unintended consequences.
Former Democratic state Sen. Kelly Kultala is seeking the 3rd District congressional seat now held by Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder. First, she must win the Democratic primary and then face an incumbent congressman with deep pockets.
For more than a year, Kansas City Southern has deflected allegations that it is complicit in the violence that happens to the Central American migrants who often ride atop freight trains, trying to reach the U.S. Gangs often target the people for robbery, rape and extortion. The company points out that it doesn’t have lines in the southernmost portions of Mexico where migrants cross from Guatemala.
Sounding anti-Obamacare themes, five candidates, including two from Johnson County, seek the Republican nomination to replace Sandy Praeger, the Kansas insurance commissioner. Praeger is a moderate who fell out of step with an increasingly conservative party after she emerged as a supporter of the Affordable Care Act.
President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access.
Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that was shot down last week over Ukraine.
Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a somber White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in Afghanistan.
A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining that on-call doctors were refusing to go to a VA hospital in Wilkes-Barre.
President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department is going before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a confirmation hearing as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job.