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Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014

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TOKYO — Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Topeka, Kan., in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends. She had accepted the district's invitation to speak May 17 at the combined ceremony to mark that day's 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing school segregation. The case originated in Topeka. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 520 words, photo.



TOPEKA — Kansas' new gun rights law that'll take effect in July contains provisions meant to clarify that it's illegal to carry or use a loaded firearm while drunk or under the influence of drugs, changes that its chief legislative sponsor said Thursday represent a significant public safety advance. But the provisions are drawing scrutiny from the Washington, D.C.-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which says the language is so flawed that it actually will protect most people who use guns while impaired. Jonathan Lowy, who oversees the center's legal challenges, said the provisions are "hidden evils." By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 520 words.


TOPEKA — Two elderly northeast Kansas men who sued Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach over a state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls have dropped their lawsuit. By John Hanna. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Forecasters are predicting a significant chance of strong tornadoes this weekend across a large part of the nation's mid-section, an outbreak that could stretch from the Great Plains to the Midwest and South. It's been a quiet year for tornadoes so far, but that doesn't mean the placid weather won't take an abrupt turn, forecasters said Thursday. By Chuck Bartels. SENT: 430 words.


LEAVENWORTH — A Topeka pilot whose plane went down during a post-World War II operation has finally been laid to rest in his native state. Hundreds of people lined the streets Wednesday near Fort Leavenworth to honor 2nd Lt. Verne L. Gibb, whose cargo plane was lost on Oct. 23, 1945, while on a flight between Burma and India, likely because of bad weather. SENT: 330 words.


PITTSBURG — They didn't all go two-by-two, and the person in charge wasn't named Noah, but nonetheless, critters of all shapes and sizes were on the move Wednesday. Students, volunteers and staff members helped Delia Lister, director of Nature Reach, relocate everything from a pair of prairie dogs to a vocal macaw named Charlie so that Heckert-Wells Hall — the biology and chemistry building where they are housed on the campus of Pittsburg State University — can undergo a $4.4 million transformation in the coming months. By Andra Bryan Stefanoni, The Joplin Globe. SENT: 740 words.


— UNIVERSITY-MAJOR GIFT — The University of Kansas says one of its graduates has pledged a $25 million donation for scholarships and other purposes.

— SCHOOL-LIGHTNING DAMAGE — Crews are cleaning up at a Wichita elementary school where a lightning strike left windows shattered in several classrooms.

— AUTO PARTS SUPPLIER — A subsidiary of a Canadian automotive supplier is building a new manufacturing plant in the Kansas City area.

— MANUFACTURER-MANHATTAN — A manufacturing company is planning a $7 million capital investment in its Manhattan plant, which is expected to create 100 new jobs.

— KANSAS SHOOTING-HEARING — A 73-year-old white supremacist from Missouri accused of fatally shooting three people at Jewish sites in Kansas appeared in court long enough for his attorney to request a scheduling conference be pushed back a month.

— PATROL-SHOOTING — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating after a trooper shot a man during a vehicle chase.

— WIND DAMAGE-SALINE COUNTY — High winds that roared through central Kansas caused minor damage and power outages and prompted officials to extend a burn ban for at least three more days.

— FOOD STAMPS-FARMERS' MARKETS — The Douglas County Commission and the city of Lawrence are supporting a pilot project to allow food stamp recipients to double their funds while shopping at farmers' markets.

— CAMP HOPE — A camp for children with cancer will be held this summer, even after a fire closed the site where it had been held for more than 30 years.

— RECYCLING FIRE — Firefighters spent hours trying to contain a blaze at a recycling facility in Kansas City, Kan.

— THWARTED ROBBERY-SENTENCE — A Kansas man whose attempt to rob a northwest Missouri bank was thwarted when a bank employee shot him in the face has been sentenced to five years without parole.

— SCHOOL FUNDING FIGHT — Gov. Sam Brownback has been met on a trip to western Kansas by public school teachers and retired teachers protesting a new state law eliminating tenure.

— ARMY COLLEGE-HALL OF FAME — Three military officers have been chosen for induction into the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College International Hall of Fame at Fort Leavenworth.


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