Opening statements are expected Tuesday morning in the 2011 lawsuit brought against Angel Dillard under a federal law aimed at protecting access to abortion services. The civil case highlights the federal government’s heightened concerns about perceived threats to abortion providers in the wake of Dr. George Tiller’s murder in Wichita.
The House and Senate planned to work into the night Saturday to address the state’s $290 million budget shortfall, but their deal would hand off some additional budget-balancing work to Gov. Sam Brownback. The bill would delay a $99 million payment to the state’s pension fund until fiscal year 2018, and it would shield K-12 public schools from spending reductions.
After an off-and-on legislative battle, the House passed a bill making the selection of judges more transparent but denying Gov. Sam Brownback expanded authority in appointing members of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.
An international rating agency revised its credit outlook for Kansas to negative on Tuesday and criticized the two biggest financial moves the state expects to use to keep its budget balanced through June 2017.
An anti-abortion activist intended to intimidate a Wichita physician when she sent a letter suggesting someone might place an explosive under the doctor's car, a Justice Department lawyer told jurors in opening statements in her civil trial Tuesday.
National Weather Service branches in Wichita and Tulsa, Oklahoma, are re-enacting a deadly 1991 tornado outbreak on social media a week after the threat of nasty weather forced them to postpone a similar exercise.
Kansas reported Monday that its tax collections last month were slightly better than expected, good news for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback after legislators approved a plan dumping most of the work of balancing the budget into his lap.