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Posted on September 24, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Kansas at 12:05 a.m.

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TOP STORY:

PROFESSOR'S TWEET

WICHITA — The University of Kansas disputed Monday a journalism professor's contention that he began a planned sabbatical early amid fallout from his tweet about the Navy Yard shootings. After last week's shootings that killed 13 people, including the gunman, KU professor David. W. Guth tweeted: "The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you." By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 490 words.

AP Photo CER102.

STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

VOTERS-CITIZENSHIP

TOPEKA — As Kansas election officials deal with thousands of prospective voters who've not yet complied with a proof-of-citizenship law, hundreds of registrations have remained on hold for more than a year for other reasons, an Associated Press computer analysis shows. The analysis of state data suggests that a significant number of registrations being put on hold by election officials now over the proof-of-citizenship requirement could remain on hold as next year's elections approach — and beyond. The number on hold has ballooned to more than 21,500 since the Kansas law took effect in January, requiring new voters to produce a birth certificate, passport or other papers proving their U.S. citizenship when registering. By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 650 words.

APPEALS COURT-APPOINTMENT

TOPEKA — The Kansas Senate's top Democrat is suggesting that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's newly confirmed appointee to the state Court of Appeals has delayed his swearing in until January to avoid having a statewide vote on keeping him on the bench in November 2014. By John Hanna. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 a.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

KAPAUN-STUDENT'S RECOVERY

HUTCHINSON — A Vatican official is expected in Kansas to complete a length investigation into a possible miracle that could help elevate a Kansas priest to sainthood. Italian lawyer Andrea Ambrosi returns to Kansas on Saturday to finalize the investigation into whether the Rev. Emil Kapaun, a Kansas priest who died in 1951 in a North Korean prisoner-of-war camp, will become a saint. SENT: 350 words.

GREEN CARD-PROPOSALS

LAWRENCE — A 25-year-old graduate student at the University of Kansas has been caught in immigration limbo and may have to return to her native Germany despite living in the U.S. since she was 12. Tamara Vitale, the child of legal immigrants, graduated from Olathe East High School in suburban Kansas City before attending the University of Kansas. She told The Topeka Capital-Journal that when she was 19, an immigration attorney made mistakes, leaving her as the only family member who didn't receive her green card. SENT: 320 words.

KANSAS CHARTER SCHOOLS

LAWRENCE — Since 2010, the number of charter schools in Kansas has declined by two-thirds, according to new figures from the state Department of Education. Only 11 of the schools, which receive public funding but are usually managed by outside boards or private companies, remain now. Last year, there were 15, and in 2010, there were 33, The Lawrence Journal-World reported. SENT: 290 words.

ALLEGIANT AIR-SLIDE INSPECTIONS

LAS VEGAS — More than one in 10 weekend Allegiant Air passengers were affected by schedule shuffling after the airline grounded its MD-80 fleet for maintenance of emergency exit slides, a company official said Monday. After canceling 12 flights on six routes Monday and rescheduling those customers to fly Tuesday, company spokesman Brian Davis said administrators believed the Las Vegas-based airline would eliminate its backlog of flights for at least several days. By Ken Ritter.

AP Photos LA102, LA103.

MASTER NATIONAL-DOGS

HOWARD — About 700 of North America's best retrieving doges are gathered in southeast Kansas for the 2013 Master National hunt test. The competition is being held through Sept. 29 at Flint Oak, a 5,500-acre sporting facility in Elk County, The Kansas City Star reported. SENT: 190 words.

IN BRIEF:

— RADIO TOWER TOPPLED — Officials in a central Kansas county have approved plans to replace a communications tower that was toppled by a crop spraying rig.

— WICHITA SHOOTING — Police in Wichita are asking the public for tips in a weekend shooting that left one man dead and six others wounded in the Old Town entertainment district.

— FIRE-FAMILY HELPED — The Silver Lake community is rallying around a family who lost everything in a house fire.

SPORTS:

FBC--BIG 12-OUT OF LEAGUE

Mack Brown's team at Texas is feeling much better after getting into Big 12 play. After ugly non-conference losses to BYU and Mississippi, a win over Kansas State in their league opener provided a fresh start for the Longhorns. By Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 690 words.

AP Photos MDPS105, TXEG114, TXWAC114.

Also:

— BKC--WICHITA ST-MARSHALL — Wichita State is rewarding men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall with a raise for taking the Shockers to the Final Four for the first time since 1965.

— FBC--KANSAS-COMBS TRANSFERS — Kansas defensive tackle Marquel Combs, who was rated among the best junior college prospects in the nation last year, intends to transfer after being released from his scholarship.

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