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News Minute: Here is the latest Kansas news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The three top candidates for Kansas governor say they want the authority to change the state's Medicaid program. Gov. Jeff Colyer's administration said during a legislative committee hearing Monday that he plans to continue with changes to KanCare included in new contracts with three companies. The contracts are set to take effect in January as Colyer is leaving office. An administration official says the new contracts provide room for the state's next governor to change KanCare.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Democratic legislative leader's aide is challenging businessman Greg Orman's right to appear on the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor. Attorney Will Lawrence filed a formal objection Monday. Lawrence is attorney and chief of staff for Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka. Lawrence argued in his objection that county election officers took too long to validate thousands of signatures.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Topeka Zoo is welcoming its second new baby giraffe of the summer. The zoo says an 8-year-old giraffe named Hope gave birth early Tuesday. The calf's gender hasn't been announced. The birth comes just weeks after the zoo's other giraffe, Abi, gave birth to a male baby named Konza.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A federal judge has granted an unopposed defense request to delay the fraud trial of Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Tuesday set a new trial date for Nov. 13 in federal court in Wichita. Prosecutors say O'Donnell of fraudulently obtained $10,500 from his campaign accounts for his personal use. A revised indictment charged him last week with 23 counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering.

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