ACLU calls voting in Kansas “chaos”…and other headlines: April 26, 2016

andy lambertApril 26, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union claims a state election document shows voting rolls in Kansas are in “chaos” because of the state’s proof-of-citizenship requirements, with about two-thirds of new voter registration applications submitted in February on hold. The state is fighting multiple voting rights challenges in state and federal courts.

Congested or treacherous roads could become more prevalent under the Kansas Department of Transportation’s recent announcement that large, already-scheduled highway projects will be delayed for over the next two years. That’s part of Gov. Brownback’s plan to divert $185 million in sales tax money that’s earmarked for highway projects to other government programs to help address projected budget shortfalls in the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years amounting to more than $290 million.

A national credit rating service says there’s at least a 50-50 chance it will lower Kansas’ AA credit rating later this year, depending on how the Legislature handles the state’s current budget crisis. The Standard and Poor’s Rating Services has placed Kansas on a “credit watch” because of the state’s budget shortfall and concerns about the governor’s proposal for filling the gap.

One of three federal agents injured during a fiery weekend shootout at a Kansas motel remains hospitalized as investigators try to identify the body found inside the suspect’s charred motel room. The U.S. Marshals Service says two deputy marshals were treated and released after sustaining gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s confrontation in Topeka.

More severe weather is in the forecast for parts of the state as the National Weather Service surveys damage from the weekend tornado that left two people with minor injuries, damaged about 10 homes and destroyed a trailer. That tornado hit Sunday night just north of Belleville and traveled northeast, causing damage in Munden.

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