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TOPEKA — Republican leaders in the Kansas House say there's very little support in their chamber for GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to raise additional sales tax revenue. House Speaker Ray Merrick of Stilwell and Majority Leader Jene Vickrey of Louisburg said Brownback's proposal to cancel a scheduled decline in the state sales tax does not appear viable. By John Hanna.
TOPEKA — Opponents said Friday that there is little evidence that a bill to restrict where strip clubs can operate in Kansas is necessary to fight crime, disease or blight. The proposal would establish where adult businesses can be located, ban lap dances and regulate dancing onstage in various levels of undress. It would also cover adult arcades and bookstores. By John Milburn.
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TOPEKA — Some Kansas House members want to restrict how federal security agents frisk airline passengers at the state's airports, saying the pat-downs are often humiliating or conducted on people who pose no danger. The bill sponsored by 21 House members would make it illegal for Transportation Security Administration screeners to touch an airline passenger's private areas during a search. It also would bar the agents from taking a child under the age of 18 away from a parent or guardian to conduct a search, The Kansas City Star reported.
TOPEKA — A bill inspired by a controversy last year over lawmakers' dinners at the governor's mansion is intended to clarify the circumstances under which government officials can discuss specific ideas without notifying the public, its sponsor said. Critics of the bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Howell, R-Derby, and 20 other House Republicans contend that it could make it legal for social gatherings to become places for discussions that are currently illegal under the state's Open Meetings Act, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
— TOPEKA HOMICIDE-PLEA — One of nine people charged in the killing of a Topeka woman and the wounding of her partner pleaded no contest to four charges.
— KU MED-STEM CELL CENTER — A bill introduced in the Kansas Senate would require the University of Kansas Medical Center to establish a center focusing on adult stem cells.
— JOGGER SLAIN — A Topeka man will spend the rest of his life in prison for trying to rape and then killing an 18-year-old jogger.
— EX-LAWMAKER CRITICIZED — The Kansas Republican Party wants an investigation into a former Democratic lawmaker's use of official-looking letterhead for committee testimony.
— KANSAS STATE-CANCER RESEARCH — A breast cancer researcher at Kansas State University has received a $1.2 million federal grant.
WEEKEND FEATURE EXCHANGE:
HAYS — He still sticks to his mantra "Marines don't cry." But Ron Burbridge had to ask approximately 200 eighth-graders and their teachers to keep a secret on a recent Monday morning. By Diane Gasper-O'Brien.
GARDEN CITY — In the most fundamental way, the concealed carry course offered at Garden City Community College and from independent instructors teaches awareness and prepares people for different scenarios they might face. For that reason, the course, which also is a prerequisite to obtaining a concealed carry permit in Kansas, puts a person's safety in their own hands. By Angie Haflich, The Garden City Telegram.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One woman carried a cake in her hands. The other gripped a bag of gifts and two shiny balloons that whipped in the biting winter wind. Together they headed up the steps of a Wyandotte County apartment complex to a boy having his first birthday — a boy neither woman knows. By Laura Bauer, The Kansas City Star.
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