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Today In Kansas Report headlines: April 29, 2016

andy lambertApril 29, 2016

A Kansas sheriff’s jail policy allowing inmates to receive and send only postcards through the mail has drawn a legal challenge. Civil rights advocates are suing the Wilson County sheriff contend in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the rule violates the free speech and due process rights of prisoners and the people who write to them.

3 Republican senators want to reinstate income taxes on some Kansas business owners. The Senate Tax Committee reviewed the proposal Thursday as lawmakers try to address the state’s budget problems in an election year. State budget officials say reinstating the tax on farmers and business owners would bring in an estimated $170.6 million in fiscal year 2017.

Negotiators with the Kansas House and Senate have reached a deal on a package of open-records reforms, setting it up for final votes in the state Legislature. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the agreement would open up for public access emails sent by public workers about state business. The deal also would define police footage from dashboard and body cameras as investigative records under the open records act.

The son of the Rev. Billy Graham is urging Christians in Kansas to vote for other Christians who resist secularism. The Rev. Franklin Graham on Thursday addressed thousands of people waving miniature American flags outside the Kansas Statehouse. He was greeted with loud applause when he said he was running a campaign to put God back into the political discussion.

Eaton Corp. says it is cutting 30 percent of its jobs at a Hutchinson, Kansas, hydraulics plant, affecting 42 workers. The Hutchinson News reports that the company announced the job cuts this week to workers at the plant that makes gears and piston pump parts for agricultural and construction equipment. Kelly Jasko is spokesman for Eaton’s industrial sector. He attributes the move to an anticipated second year of down markets, with no immediate prospect of a significant turnaround.

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