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Headlines for Saturday, November 15, 2014


Kansas Gay Marriage Pleadings to Lay Out Arguments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging the Kansas Supreme Court to not unnecessarily abandon the state's ban on same-sex marriages until a final constitutional decision on the issue is made by the nation's highest court. Schmidt contends in a court filing Friday that a federal judge's order allowing gay couples to marry applies only to the court officials in the two Kansas counties involved in the federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The state also wants a decision that a Johnson County judge acted prematurely when he issued an order allowing gay marriages. Johnson County is urging the court to lift its temporary order prohibiting it from issuing same-sex marriage licenses, but hold off on any further proceedings until the federal case is resolved.


Report: Kansas has 2.9 million Irrigated Acres

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new government report shows more Kansas farms put more acres under irrigation last year than in 2008, when the last survey was taken. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported yesterday (FRI) that its survey showed 5,243 Kansas farms were irrigating 2.85 million acres of crops last year. That compares with the 2008 survey when 4,508 farms were irrigating 2.57 million acres. The agency says Kansas farmers spent an average of $56.73 per acre last year to irrigate crops from wells. The average depth of wells in the state was 103 feet. Most acres were also irrigated with sprinkler systems in Kansas.


Food Prep Criticized at Kansas City Stadiums

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A food safety manager says dirty conditions and poor food handling endangered customers at Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums in Kansas City. A city health inspection prompted by the allegations found dozens of critical health code violations at the stadiums. ESPN first reported the allegations from Jon Costa, the food safety manager for Aramark, which runs concessions at the two stadiums and at sports venues across the country. Costa said he found such things as cockroaches and mouse feces in food-service areas and foods kept at unsafe temperatures. The city health inspection on Nov. 3 found mold in ice machines and dirty equipment. Aramark spokesman Tod MacKenzie said the claims come from a disgruntled employee, even though he was responsible for managing food safety at the stadiums.


Judge Bars Garden City in Church Zoning Dispute

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has issued an order barring Garden City from interfering with worship at a church property in the central business district. U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia on Friday issued the preliminary injunction under a consent agreement with the parties. The order makes no final determination on still pending claims for damages, attorneys' fees and costs. Mount Zion Church of God in Christ sued Garden City last week alleging city officials had threatened to prosecute it for violating a zoning ordinance. At issue is a Main Street building that has allegedly been used as a church for more than 10 years. The church's lawsuit alleges the city is violating its First Amendment rights and contends the zoning restriction is unconstitutional.


Man Sentenced to Life for Fatal Nicotine Poisoning

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Kansas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally poisoning his wife with nicotine in 1994 and collecting on her life insurance policy. Paul Marshal Curry, of Salina, Kansas was sentenced Friday for murder more than two decades after his wife, Linda Curry, died in bed. Curry was a suspect but the case went cold and he moved to Kansas after collecting more than $500,000 on his wife's life insurance policy. In 2007, new evidence arose and Curry was arrested in Kansas in 2010. During the trial in Orange County Superior Court, Curry's former wife testified that she was often ill while married to Curry, but after they divorced, her health improved.


Appeals Court Rules KU Did Not Discriminate

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the University of Kansas School of Medicine did not discriminate against a disabled student when it rescinded her admission in 2011 because she could not physically meet its requirements. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals sided Friday with the university in the lawsuit brought by Emily McCulley, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy. The disability requires her to use a wheelchair for mobility and limits her arm strength. It found that requested accommodations for her disability would fundamentally alter a medical education that trains her to care for patients in emergency situations where assistance is unavailable. The court said that providing a staff surrogate to lift patients, administer basic life support and perform other tasks for the student would make her an observer.

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