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Person found dead in Dodge City fire…and other headlines: May 12, 2016

andy lambertMay 12, 2016

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill to subject officials’ emails about public business to disclosure even if they’re on private accounts or devices. Brownback signed the measure Wednesday. Spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said he will follow its requirements. The new law will close a loophole in the Kansas Open Records Act.

Questions swirl in Dodge City, where fire crews were called to put out a burning toolshed and found a person, dead. Police took over the case and are now trying to figure out who that person is and how they died.

Kansas has for a second time delayed cutting off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood and postponed its action against the abortion provider until June 7. A Planned Parenthood spokeswoman said Wednesday that the state sought another extension to give its attorneys more time to prepare for the first hearing in a federal lawsuit. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s spokeswoman said the delays allow both sides to prepare.

The U.S. government says it won’t appeal recent court rulings  that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wild Service is dropping it appeals of rulings that found the agency failed to make a proper evaluation of a multi-state conservation plan when it listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened. Kansas is just one of the states where that bird lives, and where oil and gas companies argued against the listing, arguing it’d hurt profits.

A friend of the former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association who is implicated in a jackpot-fixing scandal says she was given a winning Kansas Lottery ticket worth $15,000 in 2011 as an engagement gift. That woman testified in yesterday’s hearing for a man who faces trial in July for ongoing criminal conduct and money laundering charges for games he allegedly fixed in Kansas as well as Colorado, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

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