WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A judge says three Kansas men accused of plotting to bomb homes of Somali refugees have no legal basis to request prospective jurors from counties where more residents voted for President Donald Trump. The men are accused of targeting apartments in rural western Kansas but are being tried at the closest federal courthouse in Wichita, where trial jurors come from more urban counties nearby. The men say that's discriminatory. The judge says the demographic differences aren't legally recognizable.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss has told legislators that judicial branch employees are so underpaid that the problem threatens the state's ability to provide justice. Nuss made an aggressive pitch for greater funding for the court system during his annual State of the Judiciary address Wednesday to the Legislature. He said low pay results in unusually high turnover among court system employees.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is honoring former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, calling the longtime Kansas lawmaker "a true American hero." Trump is speaking under the Capitol dome at a ceremony to present the 94-year-old Dole with Congress' highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. Trump is recounting Dole's service in World War II, his lengthy recovery from his wounds during the war and his service in Congress.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Catholic university in Wichita canceled an exhibit that featured LGBTQ Kansans who have made contributions in art. The exhibit, "Rainbow in Reverse: Queer Kansas History," was scheduled to open next week at Newman University. On Tuesday, Newman Provost Kimberly McDowall Long said in a statement the exhibit was canceled because of confusion over the exhibit's content and purpose.
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