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High court to hear Kansas plea to reinstate death sentences
09:01 a.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear Kansas’ appeal to reinstate death sentences for two brothers in the fatal shootings of four people and for another man convicted of killing a couple.
Colorado defends pot law, says states free to legalize weed
03:41 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:39 p.m.
States are free to legalize marijuana, Colorado argued Friday in a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit from neighboring states that have asked the nation’s highest court to shut down Colorado’s pot law.
Kansas appeals voter citizenship lawsuit to US Supreme Court
March 26, 2015
Kansas and Arizona have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to force federal elections officials to require residents of their states to prove their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote.
Big bills to view public documents discourage public access
March 13, 2015
The public’s right to see government records is coming at an ever-increasing price, as authorities set fees and hourly charges that often prevent information from flowing.
Ferguson city manager ousted after Justice Department report
March 11, 2015
The Ferguson City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution to part ways with City Manager John Shaw following a scathing Justice Department report that alleged racial bias in the city police department and court system.
Kochs say no to Dems’ probe into climate research funding
March 11, 2015
The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers with information on whether it has paid for climate change research.
11 service members presumed dead in Black Hawk crash in Florida
March 11, 2015
Seven Marines and four soldiers aboard an Army helicopter that crashed over waters off Florida during a routine night training mission were presumed dead Wednesday as fog hampered crews’ search efforts, a military official said.
Regulators OK ‘net neutrality’ rules for Internet providers
February 26, 2015
Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission.
Supreme Court sides with Kansas in water dispute
09:23 a.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:14 p.m.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million in a long-running legal dispute over use of water from the Republican River.
Midwest likely to encounter ‘mega-drought’ this century, researchers say
February 15, 2015
Global warming will bring the” risk of a decades-long mega-drought in the American Southwest and Great Plains during the second half of the century, researchers say. The forecast, published online in the new journal Science Advances, contrasts sharply with other recent assessments that report more uncertainty about future droughts, according to study authors. By The Associated Press
FCC chairman proposes regulating Internet like phone service
10:54 a.m., February 4, 2015 Updated 11:13 a.m.
A top government regulator says Internet service providers — including those selling wireless broadband — should be regulated more heavily to prohibit them from slowing down or speeding up web traffic.
Second Harper Lee novel to be published in July
February 3, 2015
“To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Harper Lee’s only published book after all.
Report: Modest economic growth likely in Midwest, Plains
09:16 a.m., February 2, 2015 Updated 10:01 p.m.
Weakness in the agriculture and energy sectors will slow the economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states this spring, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Monday.
Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline
03:58 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.
Justices sympathetic to man deported over minor drug crime
January 14, 2015
The Supreme Court has been receptive in recent years to immigrants who are fighting deportation from the United States over minor drug crimes.