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Hancock recall vote is Aug. 18

Recall supporters gathered 1,393 signatures, of which 1,190 were validated, according to the Johnson County Election Commission. At least 1,000 valid signatures were needed. The vote will be held Aug. 18

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New Kansas laws: Higher taxes, less gun regulation

Kansas residents are paying higher taxes on cigarettes, groceries and other consumer goods but no longer have to obtain a state permit to carry a concealed gun under new laws that took effect Wednesday. The state increased sales and cigarette taxes to avert a deficit in the $15.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that also began July 1. A summary of the new laws is as follows:

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