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State refuses to list two mothers on birth certificate; Lawrence attorney takes legal action

A same-sex couple in Lawrence filed suit Wednesday seeking to force the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to list both of them as parents of their child. Jessica and Casey Smith were legally married in 2013. Casey Smith conceived a child through artificial insemination and gave birth to their son earlier this month. By Peter Hancock

Attorneys seek pay raise for indigent defense work; situation could reach 'crisis' level in Douglas County

Five years ago, the state slashed the hourly rate it pays attorneys who are appointed to handle criminal cases for poor defendants. Now the Kansas Board of Indigents' Defense Services is trying to restore some of those cuts, saying that in some counties it may have to bring in lawyers from out of state because there aren't enough qualified attorneys in Kansas who will work for the low rates. By Peter Hancock

Kansas Supreme Court reaffirms separation of powers, strikes down law setting time limit on decisions

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday reaffirmed an earlier order striking down a 2014 state law that imposed a 180-day time limit for appellate courts to issue their rulings. The court said that law violates the separation of powers doctrine, a concept that is also central to other pending cases involving threats to cut off funding for the judicial branch entirely. By Peter Hancock

KU can't expel student over tweets, Kansas Court of Appeals rules

The Kansas Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Kansas University cannot expel a student for misconduct, including social media posts, that occur off campus. The three-judge panel also lifted a stay of a Douglas County District Court order to reinstate Navid Yeasin as a student. By Peter Hancock

Court funding still in jeopardy, lawyers argue; questions raised about attorney general's petition for injunction

Lawyers who are challenging legislative actions that could cut off funding for the Kansas judicial system say they are moving ahead with their lawsuits, despite a temporary injunction issued Tuesday aimed at preventing courthouse doors from being closed. They say the injunction was defective and that funding for the court system is still in jeopardy. By Peter Hancock

Kansas Supreme Court rejects Shawnee Mission School District's intervention in school funding lawsuit

The Kansas Supreme Court will not allow the Shawnee Mission School District to intervene in a lawsuit filed against the state by four other school districts over school funding.

Appellate judges hear cases at KU, discuss state of Kansas judiciary

A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in five cases Tuesday. The panel also held an open forum to discuss current controversies in the judicial system and to answer questions from students and the public. By Peter Hancock

Kansas appeals court bars serial prosecution in marijuana case

The Kansas Court of Appeals said prosecutors cannot dismiss charges in a case, only to refile the same charges again in hopes of getting a more favorable pretrial ruling. The case involved felony marijuana possession charges against a Clay County resident. By Peter Hancock

Heskett trial: All-female jury selected; coroner, first responders testify

The first-degree murder trial of 49-year-old Ronald Eugene Hesket, of Eudora, commenced Tuesday after prosecutors and the defense selected an all-female jury.

KU student charged with sexual battery in dorm room rape case enters diversion agreement

A 20-year-old Kansas University student accused of raping a 19-year-old woman in a dorm room last year has entered into a diversion agreement with Douglas County prosecutors.

A car chase trial, the city's homeless population, Tiller donations and football

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a flash flood watch for Northeast Kansas from 1 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday. A slow-moving front and plenty of humidity will lead to high storm chances, mainly during the afternoon ...

Parkinson takes over as Kathleen Sebelius heads to Washington

A strong surge of moisture will provide the fuel for thunderstorms to quickly develop and overspread the area. Some of these storms could dump torrential rainfall. With saturated soils, water will quickly run off into area watersheds. Flash Flood Watches ...

Guilty pleas entered in Burger King robbery

Sunny and comfortable weather in the forecast today with a high of 67 degrees. Winds will be out of the NW around 10 mph. Partly cloudy skies overnight and cool, with lows dipping into the mid 40s. Even warmer weather ...

West side of town has more voters going to the polls

A strong east wind and scattered showers will dominate the day. The chance of showers picks up toward the evening. Look for a high of 59 degrees with a gusty east wind between 15 and 30 mph. The wind and ...

Topeka woman leads cops on county chase

Today's forecast: Cold, topping out at around 37 degrees with a chance of snow. Topping our news today: A Topeka woman hits and injures a Lawrence police officer during a high-speed chase; a jury convicts a Lawrence man of stabbing ...

City's water, sewer intake a concern

Today's forecast: Strong winds and much colder temperatures will dominate the day. Expect a high of only 41 degrees with a north wind between 15-25 mph and gusts near 30. That strong wind will keep the wind chill into the ...

Animal health campaign targets pudgy pooches, tubby tabbies

Dense fog will burn off as we head into mid-morning leaving us with a mostly sunny sky for the afternoon. Look for a daytime high of 89 degrees with the wind picking up out of the south between 5-10 mph ...

District Attorney Charles Branson files for third term

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces he will seek a third term in office.

Landowner Files Lawsuit over Trees Cut from Property Without Permission

Douglas County landowner Mike Capra talks about the events leading up to a lawsuit he has filed against a neighbor he believes cleared over 60 trees from his property to sell for firewood.

Drug offenders in Lyon County get a second chance with courts drug program.

Drug offenders in Lyon County get a second chance with the help of a strict program that helps some offenders get a straight and a new life.

Try Your Luck in Small Claims Court

Lawrence Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn gives us a look at what one could expect when trying your luck in small claims court.

New Douglas County Judge Kay Huff talks to LJWorld.com

New Douglas County Judge Kay Huff talks with Journal-World reporter George Diepenbrock.

Lawrence man bound over for trial after prelim hearing

A Lawrence man accused of a hit and ran accident involving a pack of bicyclists is bound over for trial. Scott Young's preliminary hearing was held Wednesday afternoon. Several witnesses took the stand, including the victim, as 6News reporter Theresa Freed explains.


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Judge Jean Shepherd: Each of these cases is about someone's life

Retiring Douglas County family court Judge Jean Shepherd talks about the cases she's heard and the children she's met over her career, and gives her advice for anyone taking her place.

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Suspects charged in shooting incident

Four Topeka residents were charged in court Wednesday for their involvement in a Monday morning shooting. The four people involved planned the robbery before committing the crime.