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Monday headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 25, 2016

andy lambertJanuary 25, 2016

A state Senate panel will consider a measure this week aimed at banning discrimination against gun dealers and manufacturers. The bill’s sponsor says it’s a response to a federal law aimed at preventing fraudulent businesses from using banks, and the NRA claims that’s encouraged banks to cut ties with what the FDIC considers “high risk” businesses. That said, a recent FDIC audit didn’t turn up any instances of the agency pressuring banks to decline business with gun and ammo dealers.

Officials still don’t know when the computerized system that determines eligibility for social service and Medicaid programs will start working. A recent audit showed the Kansas Eligibility Enforcement System is more than two years behind schedule and set to exceed its original budget by at least $46 million. One official blamed changing federal requirements as a reason for the delays.

A woman serving a federal sentence for enslaving mentally ill residents at a group home near Newton wants early release from a federal medical center. She and her husband were convicted about a decade ago of forcing residents to work naked at their farm and perform sexual acts over a 15-year period, while billing their families and the government for “nude therapy” sessions. Unless she gets the so-called “compassionate release” she’ll be locked up until 2018.

Jury selection begins in the trial of two men accused of trying to kill a Wyandotte County Sheriff’s deputy. That officer was shot seven times last March when three armed men tried to rob a convenience store where he’d stopped after work. The deputy is still recovering frum gunshot wounds to the jaw, shoulder, abdomen, and lower chest.

A Salina police officer hopes competing in this summer’s Miss Kansas pageant will help improve the image of law enforcement officers. She’ll compete in the pageant in June after being one of two people chosen to advance in the Miss Santa Fe Trail pageant in Ulysses. The 23-year-old became a Salina police officer in October 2014.

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