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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - An $18,000 grant from the National Park Service is moving a nonprofit closer to refurbishing the facade of a building where slavery opponents met during the Bleeding Kansas era. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the money will be used to help restore the front doors and windows of Topeka's Constitution Hall. It played an important role during the fight over whether Kansas would enter the Union as a free state.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas legislative task force on child welfare is having meeting next week for the first time since a new top administrator took over the state agency it is examining. The Child Welfare Task Force is scheduled to have a daylong meeting Tuesday at the Statehouse. The meetings come after former children's shelter director Gina Meier-Hummel became secretary of the Department for Children and Families last month.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Some Kansas lawmakers are questioning how much benefit the state is getting for the millions of dollars it's spent over the past 16 years developing retail and tourism districts. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that more than $557 million in state sales tax revenue has gone to repay bonds used to fund the developments. A Democratic senator said Tuesday there's been little money generated back to the state beyond what's going to pay off the bonds.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A collection of 136 white crosses outside a small church in Kansas City, Missouri, honors this year's victims of homicide in the city. Each cross bears the name of a homicide victim, and Pastor Peter Judd told the Kansas City Star that at least one more will be added.

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