State and Region

Buffalo carved out of butter featured at Kansas State Fair

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas's state animal — the buffalo — is being celebrated at the State Fair this year with a 700-pound butter sculpture. The Hutchinson News reports that a sculptor from Iowa, Sarah Pratt, had to do some research on buffaloes before she designed this year's ...

Texas abortion ban has potential to be double-edged sword

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The unusual legal strategy used to ban most abortions in Texas is already increasingly being employed in Republican-led states to target pornography, LGBT rights and other hot-button cultural issues. While private residents filing lawsuits is a fixture of some arenas ...

Invasive insect spotted in 4-H entry at Kansas State Fair

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State Fair officials judging the 4-H entomology entries last week discovered an invasive insect that prompted quarantines elsewhere. Fair Board member Gregg Hadley the student who caught the bug didn't know it had prompted quarantines in at least 45 counties ...

Fruit harvests stolen from 2 churches in the KC area

Liberty, Mo. — Thieves in the Kansas City area have stolen two churches’ fruit harvests within the past month. Hosanna! Lutheran Church in Liberty had planned to harvest grapes it grows after a Sunday worship service earlier this month, WDAF-TV reports. But members discovered that all ...

Kansas agrees to $1.9M settlement for defending Kobach’s baseless voter fraud claims

TOPEKA — The Kansas Attorney General’s Office has agreed to pay the American Civil Liberties Union and other attorneys $1.9 million in fees and expenses for a five-year legal battle over an unconstitutional restriction on voter registrations. The high-profile lawsuit was filed in 2016 in ...