TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A dozen Kansas religious leaders are calling on legislators to approve special legal protections for gay-marriage opponents before the federal courts invalidate the state's same-sex marriage ban. The leaders issued a statement after a Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday with conflicting testimony on religious liberties issues.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court will release its ruling on a state school finance lawsuit Friday, ending months of speculation about whether the state has to increase spending for public schools. The court announced yesterday that the ruling would be issued this morning. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by attorneys representing four school districts and parents.
EDGERTON, Kan. (AP) - A northeast Kansas sheriff is alerting the public to a hoax phone call demanding ransom to spare the life of a loved one. The Johnson County sheriff's office says deputies were contacted this week by a resident who was on the phone with someone claiming to be holding the resident's brother hostage.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A northeast Kansas man has been found guilty of killing a woman to keep her from providing information to federal law enforcement officers about his involvement in drug trafficking. The U.S. attorney's office says a federal jury yesterday convicted 32-year-old Marcus Roberson of Junction City of murder, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and conspiracy to distribute powder cocaine.
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