A federal judge has blocked Kansas from cutting off Medicaid funding for two Planned Parenthood affiliates. The judge issued the temporary order Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by local Planned Parenthood affiliates. The state planned to cut off funding on July 7 for services such as exams and cancer screenings for poor patients receiving health coverage through Kansas’ Medicaid program. Federal courts have prevented other states from cutting Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.
Prosecutors now believe it was a Leavenworth woman’s daughter who killed her. The 85-year old woman was found dead in her home over the weekend, and her daughter is now charged with premeditated first-degree murder. Investigagtors are still tight-lipped about how that woman was killed.
Civil rights groups are calling on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to rescind instructions telling local election officials to throw out votes in local and state races cast by tens of thousands of people who register at motor vehicle offices without providing proof of U.S. Citizenship. The organizations wrote a letter noting a Kansas judge has already twice ruled Kobach doesn’t have legal authority to operate a two-tiered election system like that.
It’s back to normal at the state prison at Lansing, where the maximum security unit was put on lockdown for five days. The whole thing started Thursday when inmates attacked staffers in what are believed to be four unrelated incidents. Normal operations are back, as are regular visitation policies, although an investigation into exactly what happened hasn’t wrapped up just yet. The workers who were attacked are all okay.
A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel will be Kansas’ first Director of unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones. Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King announced that Bob Brock from Pittsburg will oversee the establishment of policies and procedures for drones. Brock worked with drones during his 22-years in the Air Force. He also was a flight safety officer and instructor pilot.