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  1. DMV allows Kansas same-sex couple to change names on drivera s licensesRead the original story w/Photo

    20 hrs ago | The Wichita Eagle

    A Johnson County woman was allowed to change her name to match her wife's after being denied on two previous occasions. Michelle Gale-Nelson and her wife, L.J. Nelson, nurses who met 18 years ago in college and were married in March, had previously been told they couldn't change the names on their driver's licenses at DMV offices in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

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  2. Confusion reigns over status of health insurance for spouses of same-sex state workersRead the original story w/Photo

    21 hrs ago | The Capital-Journal

    Married same-sex spouses will be able to join the state's employee health plan, an Emporia State University spokeswoman said Monday - though the agency overseeing the plan would not confirm the state was changing its stance. Gwen Larson, Emporia State University spokeswoman, said the university had received notification earlier in the day that same-sex spouses will be able to be added to health plans, though she did not know details, such as when coverage would begin.

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  3. Inmate dies at Kansas jailRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | KAKE

    Local and State authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Shawnee County Adult Detention Center in Topeka. The Shawnee County Department of Corrections says Christopher Clark, 50, was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday night around 8 p.m. Clark was located on the ground, and not breathing by an officer doing a routine check.

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  4. Inmate Dies At Shawnee Co. Detention CenterRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | WIBW-TV Topeka

    Rain heavy at times will move across northeast Kansas this afternoon and tonight that could lead to flooding. Severe storms are also possible through this evening with 60 mph wind gusts and hail up to the size of quarters.

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  5. Topeka inmate found dead in cellRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | KSNT-TV Topeka

    Team USA scored four goals in the first 15 minutes and went on to beat Japan to win the Women's World Cup on Sunday afternoon. Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon, and Salvador Perez were all named starters for the American League in the July 14th All-Star gam TOPEKA - The Kansas Bureau of Investigations and the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of inmate Christopher Alan Clark, who was found dead Sunday afternoon in the Shawnee County Adult Detention Center.

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  6. Happy Valentine's Day?Read the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | CSP

    Supporters of a proposal to place an excise tax on sexually oriented businesses said Friday that it should go even further, reported the Kansas City Star. They told the Kansas House Tax Committee that the tax should be 25%, not 10%, and that it should be extended to all sexually explicit merchandise, including hotel movies and magazines sold at some convenience stores.

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  7. Topeka Municipal Court sees big rise in collections revenueRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jul 4 | The Capital-Journal

    Kansas inmates can earn at most $1.05 per day at their prison jobs, says the Department of Corrections website. So Topeka Municipal Court administrative judge Vic Miller said he knew he had picked the right collection agency when - not long after he hired the Collection Agency of Kansas to bring in money owed to the court - it garnished the wages of an inmate.

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  8. Editorial: Nonpartisan redistrictingRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 2 | Daily Camera

    It was amusing - in a good way - to see California's political leaders gushing about their relief that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of citizens, through an initiative, to set up a nonpartisan system for drawing congressional districts. The case was from Arizona, whose politicians argued that the Constitution assigned the power to draw district lines directly to legislatures - which, in a natural exercise of self-preservation, typically have gerrymandered boundaries to keep themselves in power.

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  9. Kansas governor pondering religious objections legislationRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 2 | Greenwich Citizen

    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback follows a discussion during a meeting with legislative leaders, Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Brownback says he is considering proposing a new religious objections law following the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage, and he defended his administration's cautious response to the ruling.

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  10. Same-sex marriage cases have cost Kansans $100,000Read the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 2 | The Wichita Eagle

    Legal battles over same-sex marriage have cost Kansas taxpayers nearly $100,000 since 2013, according to expense records from the Kansas Attorney General's Office. One case involves an Alma couple who married in California and sued the Kansas Department of Revenue in December 2013 for the right to file their taxes jointly.

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  11. State could still owe more than half a billion to schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jul 1 | The Capital-Journal

    Following a recent district court ruling on school finance, the Kansas Supreme Court now has two questions to consider on the matter, with potential fiscal implications for the state totaling upwards of half a billion dollars per year. On Friday a three judge panel at Shawnee County District Court ordered the state to pay around $50 million to schools with relatively weak local tax resources to put them on more equal footing with their wealthier counterparts.

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  12. Kansas taxes in June $22.5M less than revised projectionRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 30 | The Capital-Journal

    The shortfall follows signing by Gov. Sam Brownback of bills adopted by the Republican-led Legislature raising taxes by more than $400 million annually to allow for a balanced budget in the fiscal year starting July 1. In November and April, state financial analysts lowered tax revenue projections for the current fiscal year to reflect diminished expectations for economic growth in Kansas. Nick Jordan, secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue, said the state had collected $69 million more than the previous fiscal year.

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  13. Kansas taxes in June $22 million less than hopedRead the original story

    Tuesday Jun 30 | The Capital-Journal

    The shortfall follows signing by Gov. Sam Brownback of bills adopted by the Republican-led Legislature raising taxes by more than $400 million annually to allow for a balanced budget in the fiscal year starting July 1. The shortfall follows signing by Gov. Sam Brownback of bills adopted by the Republican-led Legislature raising taxes by more than $400 million annually to allow for a balanced budget in the fiscal year starting July 1. In November and April, state financial analysts lowered tax revenue projections for the current fiscal year to reflect diminished expectations for economic growth in Kansas. Nick Jordan, secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue, said the state had collected $69 million more than the previous fiscal year.

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  14. All counties in Kansas allowing same-sex marriage licensesRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 30 | Greenwich Citizen

    Same-sex couples could get marriage licenses in all 105 Kansas counties Tuesday, but the state wasn't yet allowing gay and lesbian spouses to change their last names on driver's licenses or file joint income tax returns. Several officials said Gov. Sam Brownback 's administration is still studying the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared same-sex marriage legal across the nation.

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  15. Kansas June revenues run $22M below projectionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 30 | KMBC-TV

    The state Department of Revenue reported Tuesday that the state took in a little more than $529 million in taxes in June. The state's official fiscal forecast predicted more than $551 million.

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  16. Kansas June revenues $22.5M short of expectationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 30 | KSNT-TV Topeka

    Kansas total revenue collections in June failed again to hit last year's estimates, falling $22.5M short of projections. The Kansas Department of Revenue reported Tuesday that total tax receipts for the month were below expectations primarily because the state collected less in personal income taxes and also Sales and use taxes.

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  17. Same-sex couple fights to get name changed on Kansas driver's licenseRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jun 28 | KCTV5

    It happened at a Kansas DMV and comes as Gov. Sam Brownback is ridiculing the Supreme Court ruling that same sex couples can marry. Jessi and Brianna Fesmire got married in November.

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  18. Kansas agencies hold off on recognizing same-sex marriages after Supreme Court rulingRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 30 | The Wichita Eagle

    Despite Friday's landmark Supreme Court decision married same-sex couples in Kansas are still waiting to receive the same benefits as heterosexual couples, including changing their last names on their driver's licenses or adding spouses to their state health plans. Gov. Sam Brownback instructed state agencies to hold off on changing policies in November after a federal district court struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban while the decision was under appeal.

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  19. Kansas officials await word on this montha s tax collectionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 30 | KSNT-TV Topeka

    The report to be released Tuesday afternoon by the Department of Revenue will come on the last day of the fiscal year and after legislators increased sales and cigarette taxes to avert a budget deficit during the next fiscal year. Tax collections for the 11 months ending in May were more than $5.1 billion but about $7 million less than projected.

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  20. Kansas Officials Await Word On This Month's Tax CollectionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jun 30 | WIBW-TV Topeka

    The report to be released Tuesday afternoon by the Department of Revenue will come on the last day of the fiscal year and after legislators increased sales and cigarette taxes to avert a budget deficit during the next fiscal year. Tax collections for the 11 months ending in May were more than $5.1 billion but about $7 million less than projected.

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