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Kansas still not offering insurance to same-sex spouses

The Kansas Health Care Commission met Monday to discuss changes in the State Employee Health Plan that will take effect next year. But no changes were announced that would allow employees to add same-sex spouses to their family coverage. The Kansas Department of Revenue also is still not allowing same-sex couples to file joint tax returns or change their names on driver's licenses. By Peter Hancock

Despite ruling, gay couples in Kansas still battling for recognition

Despite last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide, the state of Kansas still has not changed any of its policies. State officials say they need time to analyze the ruling, but gay rights advocates are accusing the Brownback administration of dragging its feet. By Peter Hancock

Local governments already offer benefits to same-sex couples

The city of Lawrence, Douglas County and the Lawrence school district already offer family benefits to employees in same-sex marriages. All three local governments provide benefits to employees and their spouses, including "domestic partners," regardless of gender. By Peter Hancock

Affidavit: Kidnapping, beating of Lawrence woman with wrench and toy piano had adoption angle

Custody of the victim’s young child may have been the motive for two of four codefendants accused of the alleged brutal kidnapping, beating and blackmailing of a Lawrence woman last month, according to the recently released affidavit justifying the codefendants’ arrests. By Caitlin Doornbos

Kansas gun dealer to pay $132K to woman for selling weapon that felon used to kill her son

Owners of a southeast Kansas gun shop sued for selling a weapon that a man used to kill himself and his 8-year-old son have reached a $132,000 settlement with the child’s mother, according to lawyers in the case.

Kansas attorney general plans to appeal ruling blocking anti-abortion law

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to appeal a state district court judge’s ruling blocking the state’s first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester abortion procedure.

Change of venue request denied in Franklin County quadruple murder case

A witness testifying at a hearing for a man accused of killing three adults and a child in eastern Kansas said more than 90 percent of people surveyed recently believe the defendant is guilty to some extent, but the testimony did not convince the judge that the trial should be moved to another location.

Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling renews interest in Kansas Medicaid expansion

Health care advocates in Kansas say the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week upholding a key part of the Affordable Care Act means there is no longer any reason not to expand the state's Medicaid program. But so far, Kansas Republican leaders have not softened their opposition. By Peter Hancock

Kansas Supreme Court upholds conviction in wife’s arson death

The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the felony murder conviction of a Fort Scott man whose wife died in an arson fire.

Court rails against judge who didn’t show for jury duty

A federal judge does not plan to punish Sedgwick County District Judge Michael Hoelscher for not showing up for jury duty in federal court.

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.