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Grand jury formally indicts suspects in Garden City bomb plot…and other headlines: October 20, 2016

andy lambertOctober 20, 2016
A federal grand jury formally indicts three militia members who are suspected of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in Garden City. The grand jury indictment is based on the same evidence presented Friday in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The two men from Liberal and one from Wright are each charged with one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

A federal appeals court has laid out the legal reasoning behind its decision earlier this month that allowed thousands of Kansas residents to register to vote without providing documents proving their U.S. citizenship. The 85-page opinion from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals comes a day after voter registration closed in Kansas for the November election.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is withdrawing a court brief that cites the slavery-era Dred Scott decision to support the state’s position that the Kansas Constitution does not guarantee a right to an abortion. In a statement Schmidt says the filing submitted to the Kansas Supreme Court the day earlier does not accurately reflect the state’s position and should not have been made.
The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office says investigators have exhumed the remains of a person believed to be a possible victim of a serial killer. Those remains were exhumed yesterday from the Abilene Cemetery. The whole thing started when the sheriff’s office was contacted last April by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, pointing to a possible match between the remains found near Upland in 1974 and a person reported missing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, that year.
The investigation is underway south of Beverly, where a house exploded, destroying it. One person in the home at the time had to be flown to the hospital for treatment. The state fire marshal’s office is helping out in that investigation in Lincoln County.

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