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

— VOTER ID-LAWSUIT. New.

— SEVERE WEATHER. New.

— UNIVERSITY-MAJOR GIFT.

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TOP STORY:

MICHELLE OBAMA-TOPEKA VISIT

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.

STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

GUN RIGHTS

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.

VOTER ID-LAWSUIT

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.

AROUND THE STATE:

SEVERE WEATHER

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.

MISSING VETERAN-SERVICES

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.

MOVING CRITTERS

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.

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