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Headlines for Sunday, August 23, 2020

Kansas Commission Adds LGBT Protections

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The commission that enforces Kansas’ nondiscrimination laws will begin hearing claims from people who allege they are being mistreated because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Kansas Human Rights Commission said Friday that the decision is in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment. But the commission expanded the ruling beyond employment cases, offering protections for people alleging discrimination in housing and public accommodations, such as retail stores and educational institutions.
 
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Teen Shot, Killed in Kansas City, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old was shot and killed in Kansas City, Kansas. Police said in a news release that officers responded around 1:40 a.m. Saturday. The victim had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police haven’t released his name or any details about what led up to the shooting. No suspect was immediately taken into custody.

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More than 500 Infected with COVID-19 in Wichita Jail

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The number of inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19 at a jail in Wichita has grown to more than 500. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office has conducted mass testing its inmates at the urging of state health officials. KAKE-TV reports that as of Friday, 523 inmates have tested positive and 747 negative. None have required hospitalization. Inmates with no symptoms are considered recovered 10 days post-test. Myers estimated that around 400 inmates will be considered recovered by the end of the weekend.

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Computers, Tablets in Short Supply in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita school district has only received two-thirds of the computers and tablets it has ordered to equip students for distance learning because of worldwide supply chain problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Until the supply and demand problem clears up, the district is prioritizing its distribution of the 8,000 devices it has received out of an order of 24,000. Children learning at home who don’t have computers or internet access are getting first call on the machines that are in hand, said Superintendent Alicia Thompson. She said there will be enough equipment on hand for all students in need, The Wichita Eagle reports.

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