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Men face more charges in planned Garden City attack…and other headlines: March 17, 2017

The three men accused of planning an attack on Somali immigrants in Garden City face more federal charges. A revised indictment still accuses them of gun charges, but now adds conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one is charged with lying to the FBI. They’re accused of planning to set off a truck-bomb at an apartment building containing a mosque the day after the election.
Kansas’ highest court appears receptive to declaring for the first time that the state constitution recognizes abortion rights. A majority of state Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical of the state’s argument against the idea as it defended a ban on a common second-trimester procedure. The court heard arguments in a lawsuit filed against a first-in-the-nation law from 2015 that has become a model for abortion opponents in other states.
A federal judge throws out part of a Title IX lawsuit filed against Kansas State by women who claim they were raped at off-campus fraternity houses. The court dismissed the claims of one former K-State student because her assault allegedly happened at a private apartment complex. But the judge declined to dismiss part of a lawsuit involving off-campus fraternities.
The Kansas Senate votes down a proposal to cut spending by $105 million to help the state balance its budget by the end of June. It would’ve authorized internal government borrowing and short contributions to public employee pensions for awhile. The president of the Kansas Senate says the proposal would’ve minimized the need for a tax increase.
Adoption officials in Kansas keep up work to find a permanent home for five foster care siblings. The two sisters and three brothers, ages 2 to 11, are in separate foster homes. A spokeswoman for the Kansas Children’s Services League says placement workers hope to identify a family who will keep them in Kansas.

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