ACLU Drops Lawsuit on Abortion Coverage
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has dropped its legal challenge to a Kansas law restricting private health insurance coverage for abortions. A court filing yesterday shows the parties have agreed to dismiss all remaining claims. The agreement follows a federal judge's January 7th ruling that the ACLU failed to prove that the Legislature's chief goal in passing the 2011 law was to impede access to abortions.
Wichita Police Investigating Death of Found Baby
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are investigating the death of a newborn girl who was left in a trash bin at a shopping center. Officers found the body around 11 p.m. Wednesday in trash at the Eastgate Shopping Mall. Police said yesterday they were alerted by staff at a hospital where a 17-year-old girl was admitted earlier in the week.
Two Found in Iowa, Charged in Mayetta Murder
HOLTON, Kan. (AP) — Two people have been charged in the shooting death of a northeast Kansas man. Twenty-tweo-year-old Lloyd Wabaunsee of Mayetta, and 22-year-old Desiree Shopteese of Topeka are charged with intentional second-degree murder. They're accused in the January 10th killing of 29-year-old Kevin Stanley in Mayetta.
Brownback Names Labor Secretary
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Governor Sam Brownback has nominated interim labor secretary Lana Gordon to become the permanent head of the Kansas Department of Labor. Brownback announced the nomination yesterday. The appointment requires confirmation by the state Senate. Gordon served for 12 years in the Kansas House before deciding against running for another term last year.