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April 22, 2004

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Kansas City, Kan.

Response to appeal due Friday in casino case

The state and other defendants have until Friday to respond to an appeal filed by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma of a judge's refusal to grant the tribe permission to reopen its downtown casino.

A decision on the appeal, filed last week with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, could come as early as next week.

State and local officials closed the casino -- with guns drawn, according the tribe's appeal -- on April 1, taking more than $1 million in cash and property, including about 150 gambling machines. Two employees were charged with breaking state gambling laws.

A week later, U.S. District Judge Julie A. Robinson in Topeka declined to issue a temporary restraining order that would have allowed the casino to reopen.

Topeka

Child safety campaign offers free gun locks

Law enforcement agencies across Kansas plan to distribute more than 200,000 gun locks as part of the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Project ChildSafe campaign.

Last year the foundation gave out about 20,000 locks in Kansas, spokeswoman Dee Dee Dockins said Wednesday after a Statehouse ceremony to launch the distribution effort.

This year, the Kansas Highway Patrol, sheriff's offices and police departments will help hand out 218,500 of the locks.

The foundation bought the locks through a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and is handing them out around the country.

Dockins said gun owners should use the locks or similar devices to help keep guns out of the hands of children.

KANSAS CITY, Mo.

Hall Foundation makes its largest gift ever

The Hall Family Foundation will make the largest donation in its 61-year history by paying off $60 million worth of bonds used to expand the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The foundation, which makes about $30 million in grants each year, will pay interest on the bonds each year, and the $60 million principal will be due in 30 years.

Including this donation, the Hall Family Foundation has given $100 million toward the museum project, about half the project's cost.

The foundation's largest previous contribution was $42 million promised to Kansas University for life sciences projects.

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