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Theft of 4-H animals in Sherman County and other headlines: February 25, 2016

andy lambertFebruary 25, 2016

The Sherman County Sheriff is trying to figure out just who stole 4-H goats and shot a calf. A vehicle seen leaving the area of the crime was a newer lighter blue pickup with a grey or silver bottom of the cab.

Kansas is one of six states suing over the Affordable Care Act. At issue is the Health Insurance Providers Fee that states are supposed to collect from insurers to cover the cost of federal subsidies. The lawsuit argues that nothing in the law’s language makes it clear that states are on the hook for the fee, and that the money that’s already been paid should be returned.

A transgender activist is suing Kansas over its refusal to update the gender on their birth certificate. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment denied a request to amend the birth certificate to show female instead of male, as the person was born. The Transgender Law Center claims the agency used to approve those changes, but stopped after Governor Brownback took office.

A spokeswoman for the Brownback administration claims the Kansas Ethics Commission isn’t going to do anything with State Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley’s complaint against the governor’s 2014 re-election campaign. He accused them of violating state law by using campaign money to pay lawyers. The commission emerged from a 20-minute closed session without saying anything about the complaint.

New numbers from Washington estimate the value of 2015 crops in Kansas at just shy of $6.5 billion dollars. That’s down nearly 1 percent from 2014. Corn values climbed 2 percent, while wheat moved up 4 percent last year.

A 19-year-old man faces involuntary manslaughter charges in a crash that killed two people in Sedgwick County. Investigators believe he was driving under the influence when he hit and killed two men in Goddard.

President Eisenhower’s great-grandson will be the next Kansas aviation director. Merrill Eisenhower Atwater will be working with the Federal Aviation Administration as well as overseeing KDOT’s aviation programs. His predecessor took a job with the FAA in Denver.

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