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Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: March 1, 2016

andy lambertMarch 1, 2016

A federal magistrate judge has set a $10,000 bond for the woman accused of buying the guns used in last week’s mass shooting at the Excel Industries factory in Hesston. More than a dozen family members and friends of Sarah Hopkins came to her hearing today in U.S. District Court in Wichita, but they refused to talk to the media. Prosecutors say the Newton woman gave shooter Cedric Ford an AK-47 type semi-automatic rifle and a 40-caliber handgun.

Democratic elected officials and party establishment figures like former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius are working to see that Hillary Clinton wins Kansas’ presidential caucuses. But they acknowledge that Clinton is in a tough race against Bernie Sanders. Party activists who gathered in Topeka for a recent two-day state convention described the support for Sanders as “organic.” The Vermont senator’s supporters say the nation needs a progressive political overhaul.

The state’s top elections official wants you to vote for Donald Trump. Secretary of State Kris Kobach is endorsing Trump for president, citing his “agressive” stance against illegal immigration. Kobach is the first major elected official in Kansas to back Trump, as Governor Brownback has thrown his support behind Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Lawyers, a prison rehabilitation organization and faith communities are creating a coalition that will push for changes to the Kansas criminal justice system. Kansans for Smart Justice unveiled a series of measures including reducing sentences for nonviolent drug offenders at a Statehouse news conference Monday.

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