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Secretary of State Kris Kobach unsuccessfully sought a governor's pardon for a corporate campaign donor's vice president whose crime, police said, involved threatening a cab driver by putting a gun to his head.

Kobach, a Republican and leading candidate for governor, approached then-GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's chief counsel about clemency for Kansas City-area resident Ryan Bader in August 2017, state records show. Kobach was Bader's attorney and initiated the pardon request three years after a state judge expunged the attempted robbery case from Bader's record.

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Kansas has joined a multistate lawsuit challenging the legality of an immigration program that grants temporary legal status to immigrants without proper documents who came to the U.S. as children.

The program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was established by former President Barack Obama in 2012. About 7,000 people in Kansas have obtained work permits under DACA.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday he joined the lawsuit last week at the request of Gov. Jeff Colyer.

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Kansas consumer advocates are recommending state utility regulators reject Westar Energy's request for a $17.2 million rate increase and instead order the company to cut rates.

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Two environmental groups will be allowed to intervene in a rate case involving Westar, which wants to impose higher fees on customers who install solar panels on their homes.

The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday said the Sierra Club and a group called Vote Solar may intervene in the case but must consolidate their testimony and evidence. They also cannot submit repetitive testimony or briefs.

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David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers' network of business and political activities, including Wichita-based Koch Industries.

David Koch, 78, is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company officials Tuesday.

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A Democratic congressional candidate from Wichita is challenging how Kansas plans to distinguish on its primary ballot between two Republicans in the race with the same first and last names.

Democrat Laura Lombard filed an objection Monday to the secretary of state's plan to have the incumbent in the Wichita-area 4th District primary listed on the ballot as Rep. Ron Estes.

The congressman faces another Ron Estes from Wichita in the Aug. 7 primary. The challenger would be listed as Ron M. Estes.

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A Wichita legislator who is not running for re-election will become the next executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference.

The state's four Catholic bishops on Monday announced the appointment of state Rep. Chuck Weber, a Republican. Weber plans to take over the job July 15. He will give up his Kansas House seat that day rather than when his two-year term expires in early January.

The conference is the church's public policy arm in Kansas and represents the bishops at the Statehouse.

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The state is reporting that it collected $108 million more than expected in May to give the state a full year's worth of monthly revenue surpluses.

The state Department of Revenue on Friday attributed the surge's size to last-minute income tax payments in mid-April not being processed until early May. But Kansas hasn't seen a 12-month streak of better-than-expected tax collections since at least January 1989.

The state collected $555 million in taxes last month when it projected $447 million. The surplus was 24.1 percent.

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Kansas jails are facing a rising likelihood of births behind bars amid a nationwide increase in women's incarceration.

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The Kansas Department of Children and Families is monitoring a foster care contractor that has kept children in offices overnight due to a shortage of beds.

The Kansas City Star reports that the department announced the added oversight of KVC Health Systems on Wednesday after hearing concerns.

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