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Headlines for Saturday, November 5, 2016

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Judge: Kansas Has No Authority to Implement Dual Elections
 
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has permanently blocked a dual voter registration system in Kansas.  Shawnee County Judge Larry Hendricks ruling Friday has no immediate impact on next week's election because the judge had already temporarily prohibited Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach from implementing it.  The American Civil Liberties Union challenged a move by Kobach to set up a system which allowed some Kansans to vote in federal races, but not in state and local races.  Hendricks said Kobach "simply lacks the authority" to create the two-tiered system.  The secretary of state's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  ACLU attorney Sophia Lakin says the ruling is a victory for Kansas voters and a stinging rebuke of Kobach's repeated efforts to use his authority to obstruct ballot access.
 
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Abortion Foes Seek to Unseat Kansas Court of Appeals Judges
 
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents campaigning to oust Kansas Supreme Court justices also are trying to unseat four Kansas Court of Appeals judges in Tuesday's election.  They're targeting the judges over a ruling in January in a lawsuit against a first-in-the-nation state law enacted in 2015 to ban a common second trimester abortion method.  A Shawnee County judge temporarily blocked the law's enforcement. The Court of Appeals split 7-7 on whether the state constitution protects abortion rights independently of the U.S. Constitution, so that state courts could potentially reject restrictions upheld by federal courts.  The case is before the Supreme Court.  The targeted Court of Appeals judges are Karen Arnold-Burger, G. Gordon Atcheson, Steve Leben (LEE-behn) and G. Joseph Pierron (PEER-uhn) Jr.  Appeals judges face a yes-or-no retention vote every four years.
 
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Police: Wichita Stabbings Leave 1 Girl Dead, 2 Others Hurt
 
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say they are still trying to piece together the how and why behind stabbings that left one girl dead and her younger sister and mother critically injured.  Police responding to a call about an accident found the 6-year-old girl and her 24-year-old mother inside a Jeep that had crashed early this morning into an unoccupied van in the parking lot of a strip mall in Wichita. Both suffered multiple stab wounds, and the girl died.  Her bleeding 4-year-old sister was found miles away wandering in a field near Valley Center. She too had been stabbed multiple times.  The injured mother at the scene was able to identify a suspect.  Police arrested the mother's 47-year-old uncle in Haysville on suspicion of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder.
 
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South Lawrence Trafficway Project Nears Completion
 
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas transportation officials hosted two public events Friday to celebrate the completion of a long-waited highway project nearly three years after the start of construction.  The Kansas Department of Transportation held a ribbon cutting and public walk-bike event Friday for the opening of the east leg of the Kansas 10 South Lawrence Trafficway.  The 6-mile stretch of four-lane highway completes a loop around the city of Lawrence and links Kansas 10 on the east side of Lawrence to a part of the highway that opened on the west side in 1998.  Officials say the road should be open for traffic before Thanksgiving. 
 
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Attorney: Chelsea Manning Again Attempts Suicide in Prison
 
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — An attorney for Chelsea Manning says the transgender soldier imprisoned in Kansas has tried to kill herself for the second time in recent months.  Vincent Ward said Friday that Manning attempted suicide last month at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, though the attorney declined to divulge specifics. Manning also tried to take her own life in July.  Wayne Hall, an Army spokesman, on Friday would not discuss the latest attempt, citing medical privacy laws.  Manning is serving a 35-year sentence. She was arrested in 2010 as Bradley Manning and was convicted in 2013 in military court of leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks.  Manning was an intelligence analyst in Iraq at the time.
 
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Kansas University Senate Wants Public Chancellor Search
 
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University Senate at the University of Kansas wants the school's search for a new chancellor to be more transparent.  The board on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution seeking public presentations and question-and-answer sessions with each finalist for the chancellor's job.  The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the statement also urges the Kansas Board of Regents to include representatives of the university's peer-elected student, faculty and staff senates on the chancellor search committee.  Regents representatives have previously said the selection process probably will be closed and the only name publicly announced will be when the chancellor is hired.  Current Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little plans to step down next summer. She has been chancellor since 2009.
 
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Man Gets Life Plus 30 Years for Kansas City-Area Drug Ring
 
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City, Kansas, man was sentenced to life plus 30 years in federal prison for coordinating shipments for a large drug trafficking organization in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  Federal prosecutors say the drug ring distributed more than $39 million of methamphetamine and marijuana.  Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Friday that 38-year-old Vicencio Olea-Monarez was sentenced for 21 drug- and weapons-related charges.  Evidence at his trial indicated Olea-Monarez coordinated shipments of methamphetamine into Kansas City, Kansas. He also trafficked in cocaine and marijuana.  He is the sixth of 10 defendants in the case who have been sentenced so far.
 
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Inmate Sentenced in Lansing Prison Escape
 
LANSING, Kan. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 20 years for escaping from a Kansas prison and fleeing through Missouri as another escapee fired at pursuing officers.  Thirty-four-year-old Allen Hurst was sentenced Thursday in Platte County, Missouri after entering a guilty plea. Hurst, Scott Gilbert and Randy Ridens escaped in May 2013 from the Lansing Correctional Facility.  Hurst and Gilbert stole a pickup truck from a worker in Leavenworth and drove to Platte County, where officers began to pursue them. They were accused of attempting to kidnap the Edgerton, Missouri, mayor before barricading themselves inside an unoccupied residence.  They surrendered after several hours of negotiations, and Ridens was caught in Kansas. Gilbert was sentenced to 128 years in prison, while Ridens was sentenced to 10 years and two months in prison.
 
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