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Kansas elections get complicated…and other headlines: June 15, 2016

andy lambertJune 15, 2016

Kansas must begin registering thousands of eligible voters for federal elections who have not provided proof of citizenship under a federal court order that has complicated the state’s elections less than a month before early voting begins for its primary. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office issued instructions to county election officials late Tuesday to register those motor voter applicants without citizenship documentation to vote.

The Kansas Board of Education voted to ignore a federal directive that all public schools allow transgender students to use restrooms that match their gender identity, instead deferring to the regulations of individual school districts. What remains unclear is whether or not the 10-0 vote will endanger over $479 million in federal aid, or about 10 percent of the state’s education budget.

Kansas is abandoning a plan to block 11 people who have provided services such as cancer screenings to Planned Parenthood from continued participation in its Medicaid program, though it still will press to cut those funds from the organization’s affiliates. A lawyer for the state announced the move in a letter filed Monday with a Kansas City, Kansas federal judge weighing a request by two Planned Parenthood affiliates to block Kansas’ plans to halt Medicaid reimbursements.

Two owners of a Kansas City-area roofing company are accused of forcing workers who are in the U.S. illegally to either pay kickbacks and obey other demands or be reported to immigration authorities. The men are charged in a 17-count federal indictment with labor trafficking, conspiring to harbor aliens for commercial advantage, and transporting and harboring workers unlawfully in the country.

A man suspected of shooting one person to death and seriously injuring another in the gunfire in Liberal is being held on a $500-thousand bond. The case dates back to last Monday, and the suspected shooter was caught in Wichita. He’s being held there for the time being.

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