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News Minute: Here is the latest Kansas news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT

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MIAMI, Okla. (AP) - The legal process for a Kansas man facing charges in the 1999 disappearance of two Oklahoma girls is continuing slowly as the teenagers' families wait for answers. The Miami News-Record reports that a Craig County district judge has postponed Ronnie Dean Busick's case until September in the next step to schedule a preliminary hearing. The new court date was set after prosecutor Erin Oquin and Busick's attorney Gretchen Mosely met for nearly two hours discussing discovery in the case.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Open government advocates are alarmed by public officials' increasing use of digital tools that can make text and email messages. The executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition says technologies such as private messaging apps undermine state open government laws. But some governors and state lawmakers say public employees should be free to communicate on private cellphones and social media platforms without triggering open records requirements.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas woman whose convictions in the 2002 shooting deaths of her ex-husband and his fiancee were overturned has lost her bid to have her trial judge removed from the case. The Capital-Journal reports that a judge on Friday denied the request by Dana Chandler to remove Shawnee County Judge Nancy Parrish from future court hearings in Chandler's case.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The University of Kansas' new bike-share service has seen a booming start and plans to add more bikes to the fleet this fall. KU's Center for Sustainability says in a new report that 12,000 rides totaling more than 5,000 miles have been taken by students and faculty since the April launch of VeoRide, the bike-share company chosen from a pool of eight providers. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the university paid nothing upfront for the new program.

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