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Sheriff recall petition falls short…and other headlines: April 7, 2016

andy lambertApril 7, 2016

The petition drive to recall the Thomas County Sheriff fails. The group trying to get Rod Taylor booted from office just didn’t get enough signatures in time. Taylor had been accused of inappropriate conduct toward staff and inmates, as well as having several traffic incidents in his Sheriff’s car and showing up to work drunk.

Governor Brownback’s administration is moving forward with a policy change that would make it harder for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates. The administration has proposed changing the regulations so that the gender on a person’s birth certificate can only be changed if the person signs an affidavit saying the gender was listed incorrectly the first time. They’d also have to provide medical records as proof.

More than 18 square miles of rangeland has burned in the latest Kansas wildfires. Three homes and at least eight outbuildings have been destroyed. People in several rural communities were urged to leave their homes before the fires were brought mostly under control.

A judge says the man convicted of killing abortion provider George Tiller in 2009 may have more leeway at his resentencing to argue that he was acting in defense of others. He was in court for a hearing yesterday but no resentencing date has been set yet. The question for the court and jury during Roeder’s resentencing is whether he must serve at least 25 or 50 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

The woman accused of murdering her stepson and feeding him to pigs in Wyandotte County is getting a mental competency exam at the state hospital in Larned. She and her husband are both charged with premeditated murder. The judge in the case ordered the exam.

A Reno County judge halts the trial of a man accused of causing a deadly wreck. The judge acquitted him after ruling prosecutors didn’t prove the man was high on drugs at the time of the 2012 crash that left a man from Plevna dead.

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