Alleged Plot to Target Somalis Draws Reactions
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An alleged plot to target Somali immigrants in Kansas has drawn reactions from politicians. Prosecutors said three Kansas men face charges accusing them of plotting to bomb a Garden City apartment complex where about 120 Somalis live. Prosecutors said an eight-month-long investigation into a southwest Kansas militia also uncovered "a hidden culture of hatred and violence." The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday called the plot "highly disturbing" and "an affront to all Americans." Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran said on Twitter he was shocked to learn of the alleged plot and grateful to law enforcement "who prevented the loss of innocent life." Representative Mike Pompeo also expressed gratitude to the "FBI and police who protect us from threats both foreign and domestic."
Kansas Voters to Decide Hunting, Fishing Rights Amendment
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas voters next month will decide the fate of a proposed amendment to the state constitution declaring that Kansas residents have the right to hunt, fish and trap wildlife. Constitutional Amendment 1 would add a section to the state's Bill of Rights to preserve hunting and fishing as a preferred way to manage wildlife. The measure adds that future limits would need proof that an animal could become endangered. If approved, the amendment would make Kansas one of roughly 20 states where hunting and fishing is a constitutional right. Supporters call it a pre-emptive safeguard against possible restrictions. Critics counter the amendment could make it more difficult to ban hunting practices deemed cruel. The Humane Society of the United States questions the need for such protection of a recreational pastime.
Garden City Law Enforcement Seek to Reassure Immigrants of their Safety
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Law enforcement sought to reassure Somalis and other immigrants in Garden City of their safety the day after three men were accused of plotting to target Somalis in the western Kansas community. A complaint charged Curtis Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein, and Gavin Wayne Wright, with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. Prosecutors said the men don't yet have attorneys. Prosecutors say the suspects are accused of planning to detonate truck bombs around a Garden City apartment complex where about 120 Somali residents live. Dalma Ali Warsame, a 34-year-old Somalian, listened to law enforcement yesterday (SAT) talk about the arrests. He says the alleged plot has left his family afraid. But Police Chief Michael Utz says he wants all Garden City residents to know they are safe.
Kobach Asks Court to Set Aside Default Judgment
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas secretary of state wants a federal court to set aside a default judgment against him for failing to file a timely response to a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law requiring prospective voters to prove they are U.S. citizens. A federal court clerk earlier this week entered Secretary of State Kris Kobach as being in default in a case concerning the state's proof-of-citizenship requirement because Kobach had failed to file documents with the court on time. The Wichita Eagle reports that in a motion filed Friday, Kobach asked the court to set aside the default judgment, saying he believed the court had suspended certain deadlines in the case. The lawsuit contends the proof-of-citizenship requirement violates voters' constitutional rights. Supporters say it prevents voter fraud.
Textron Aviation Lays Off 'Small Number' of Workers
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita-based aviation company has announced layoffs but isn't saying how many employees are affected. The Wichita Eagle reports reports a spokeswoman for Textron Aviation, parent of Beechcraft and Cessna, confirmed the layoffs Thursday in an email. She did not give specific numbers, but said the layoffs affect a small number of employees. In September, Textron Aviation announced plans to offer early retirement for an unspecified number of employees and that it would close airplane service centers in Atlanta and New Castle, Delaware. Textron has about 35,000 employees worldwide.