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Last minute challenges arise for many Kansas voters…and other headlines: July 12, 2016

andy lambertJuly 12, 2016
As many as 50,000 Kansas voters who registered at motor vehicle offices would be given provisional ballots in the upcoming elections only to see their votes in state and local races thrown out under a proposed temporary rule. The State Rules and Regulations Board meets today to consider the temporary rule sought by the Secretary of State Kris Kobach, with notice of the meeting just being given yesterday. The temporary rule comes in the wake of ongoing court challenges to the state law requiring proof of citizenship to vote.
Attorneys for the transgender soldier in prison at Fort Leavenworth for sending classified information to WikiLeaks are confirming Chelsea Manning’s hospitalization last week was due to an attempted suicide. Attorneys didn’t disclose any details in a statement but blasted the Army for publicly announcing the hospitalization last week. Manning is appealing the conviction and 35-year prison sentence.
Twenty four workers who were laid off by Spirit AeroSystem in Wichita three years ago are suing, claiming the aircraft company targeted older workers covered by its health insurance who had more costly claims. The former employees filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Wichita on behalf of themselves and roughly 160 others who were 40 or older when they were let go. Spirit AeroSystems insists they weren’t discriminatory and are confident they’ll prevail in court.
Pittsburg State adds its first full-time, on-campus advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The move comes amid lawsuits complaining sexual assault complaints were swept under the rug at KU and K-State.
Demoliton beings at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe. The 812-thousand square foot shopping center opened in 1997 with nearly 1 million visitors in its first month but traffic steadily declined from there until the mall was closed last September. Demolition is expected to take six months or so.

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