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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is proposing to strip the secretary of state's office of its power to prosecute election fraud cases.

The proposal from Schmidt comes less than four years after fellow Republican and Secretary of State Kris Kobach persuaded legislators to grant him prosecutorial power. Kobach became the first secretary of state in the nation to have such power in July 2015.

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Sedgwick County is moving toward permanently replacing its county counselor.

Commissioners put Eric Yost on paid administrative leave nine days ago.

Commissioners hired a new interim county counselor Friday to handle the county's legal work during the transition.

Mike Pepoon will earn a salary comparable to the level he was at when he retired from the counselor’s office in 2015.

African-Americans Renewing Interest In Spirituals Ensemble (ARISE) is celebrating three decades of singing.

"This year we are celebrating 30 years of spirituals and storytelling and the life and legacy of the African American in this country," says Dr. Sharon Cranford, president of ARISE.

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Lee Rocker signed his first recording contract at age 17 as a member of rockabilly revivalists the Stray Cats. Having grown a following on the New York City music scene of the early 1980s, the trio (rounded out by guitarist Brian Setzer and drummer Slim Jim Phantom) made their way to England at the height of a Teddy Boy revival. Eventually, a bidding war between labels ensued and the trio signed with Arista in the U.K., resulting in two hit records.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is arguing in federal court filings that Secretary of State Kris Kobach should not be held liable for exposing sensitive information about voters.

Schmidt also contends that voters have no constitutional right to the privacy of their data.

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Steve Vai launched Generation Axe in 2016. Though Vai and his longtime friend Joe Satriani had performed a variety of G3 tours, which bring together three headlining-level guitar players, each with a solo set, Generation Axe differed in significant ways. For one, it's five players: Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme/Rhianna fame, Zakk Wylde, known for his work with both Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne, and Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders. Moreover, the players share the stage throughout the night, teaming up in unexpected but exhilarating combinations.

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A new set of ethical standards will guide Sedgwick County commissioners as they conduct county business.

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Seven Kansas school districts freed from some state rules now say getting that special status isn’t worth the effort.

Those districts are part of the Kansas Department of Education's "Coalition of Innovative School Districts" program that started in 2013. Districts that join have the freedom to ignore state oversight on some of the ways they run their schools in exchange for pursuing novel approaches for improving student achievement.

The chairman of the Kansas Republican Party is resigning after six years on the job.

Kelly Arnold announced in a social media post Tuesday that he won’t seek a fourth term.

“I am very proud that the Kansas Republican Party’s next Chairman will take over an organization with cash in the bank and zero debt,” Arnold said in his statement.


A California man pleaded guilty Tuesday to making a hoax call that ultimately led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between online gamers over $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game.

Tyler R. Barriss , 26, admitted to making the false report resulting in a death, as well as cyberstalking and conspiracy related to the deadly swatting calls. The deal with prosecutors will send him to prison for at least 20 years, if the judge accepts it. He had previously pleaded not guilty.