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News Minute: Here is the latest Kansas news from The Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A new report says Kansas collected $4 million less in taxes than expected in August. The Department of Revenue said Friday the state took in $421 million in taxes, about 1 percent below the official forecast of $425 million. The department called revenues flat but said there are signs of economic growth in the figures. Corporate income tax collections exceeded expectations for the month.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Governor Sam Brownback says Caleb Stegall is "one of the most qualified people" to ever be named to the Kansas Supreme Court. Brownback named his 42-year-old former aide to the high court on Friday and called him "brilliant."

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a racketeering and defamation suit filed by a Kansas City entertainment district against a law firm and two attorneys. The Kansas City Star reports Cordish Companies, which owns the Power and Light District, sued the Dickens Law firm after it sued Cordish.

HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) - A northeast Kansas woman has been convicted in last year's beating death of her boyfriend's 4-year-old son. KNZA-FM reports 30-year-old Janice Summerford entered Alford pleas Friday to second-degree murder, child abuse and interfering with law enforcement. An Alford plea does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors can likely prove the charges. Summerford of Hiawatha had been facing trial next month for the death of Mekhi Boone in March 2013.

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