Prosecutors see chilling result from Kansas court ruling

A Kansas Supreme Court ruling involving inmate sentencing could mean hundreds of violent criminals could get out of prison far sooner — which alarms prosecutors across the state. “It’s very disappointing,” said Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe. “In all likelihood, it will benefit some really horribly dangerous inmates.”

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113th Congress could yield fewest laws in 60 years

Say this about the 113th Congress: It has managed to live down to low expectations. With only a lame-duck post-Election Day mop-up session left before a new Congress takes the oath of office in January, the 113th is on track to be one of the least productive Congresses – in terms of laws passed and signed by the president – in 60 years.

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Accused White House intruder to appear in court

The man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife is scheduled to have his initial appearance Monday in federal court. Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, is facing charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.

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One man’s blindness helps brighten prospects for KC transit

ATA chairman Robbie Makinen is a 50-year-old former social worker whose sudden blindness last year made him dependent on public transportation and now feeds his passion for fixing Kansas City’s fractured transit system. And 33 years after breaking away from the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Johnson County is thinking of hiring the ATA to run its bus service.

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