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  • Kansas lawmakers pass effective ban on Islamic law

    05/12/2012 5:07:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/12/2012 | Kevin Murphy
    Kansas lawmakers have passed legislation intended to prevent the state courts or agencies from using Islamic or other non-U.S. laws in making decisions, a measure critics have blasted as an embarrassment to the state. The legislation, which passed 33-3 in the state Senate on Friday and 120-0 previously in the House, is widely known in Kansas as the "Sharia bill," because the perceived goal of supporters is to keep Islamic code from being recognized in Kansas. The bill was sent to Republican Governor Sam Brownback, who has not indicated whether he will sign it. In interviews on Saturday, a supporter...
  • Kansas lawmakers pass anti-Islamic law measure

    05/12/2012 4:42:14 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 12 May 2012 | Unknown
    A bill designed to prevent Kansas courts or government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic or other foreign legal codes has cleared the state Legislature after a contentious debate about whether the measure upholds American values or appeals to prejudice against Muslims. The Senate approved the bill Friday on a 33-3 vote. The House had approved it, 120-0, earlier in the week. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who hasn't said whether he'll sign or veto the measure. The measure doesn't specifically mention Shariah law, which broadly refers to codes within the Islamic legal system. Instead,...
  • Leaked Records Expose Abortion Abuses at Kansas City Abortion Clinic (From Dumpster)

    05/04/2012 11:21:14 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 2, 2012 | Operation Rescue
    Documents leaked to Operation Rescue by a confidential informant show Central Family Medical, also known as Aid for Women, in Kansas City, Kansas, is illegally dumping private patient information related to abortions and is engaging in dangerous abortion practices. All documents were improperly discarded by the abortion clinic. Patient identifying information has been redacted by Operation Rescue.
  • Proposed Kansas rule may force churches to host same-sex ceremonies

    04/25/2012 10:18:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | April 25, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Michael Schuttloffel. Topeka, Kan., Apr 25, 2012 / 04:04 am (CNA).- A proposed ordinance in Hutchinson, Kansas could force individuals and institutions – including Catholic churches – to host and participate in events that violate Church teachings on sexuality. “As far as individuals go, there doesn't seem to be any likelihood that there will be a protection or an exemption for them,” said Kansas Catholic Conference Executive Director Michael Schuttloffel, addressing a proposal to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation in the city of Hutchinson.“As far as religious institutions, that will depend entirely on what sort of exemption –...
  • Weeping four-year-old girl accused of carrying a GUN by TSA officers

    04/24/2012 9:55:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 47 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 24, 2012 | Hugo Gye
    Of all the many complaints about airport security and the TSA, one of the most common is that they make little distinction between plausible security threats and passengers unlikely to be doing anything wrong. And a recent incident in Wichita, Kansas has reinforced that argument, as a four-year-old girl was apparently subjected to a humiliating ordeal after she hugged her grandmother while she was waiting in line. The girl was accused of having a gun and declared a 'high security threat', while agents threatened to shut down the whole airport if she could not be calmed down. When asked about...
  • Coercing Churches? Parish the Thought!

    04/24/2012 4:17:04 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2
    Washington Update Email | April 24, 2012 | Tony Perkins
    Coercing Churches? Parish the Thought! Hutchinson City, Kansas isn't exactly a hotbed of liberalism. But 40 miles from Wichita, this conservative town of 42,080 is the latest target in a nationwide campaign to steamroll our first freedoms. Back in November, a handful of Kansas Equality members filed a letter with the local city council, demanding that the town add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected classes under the Human Relations Code. To some people, that sounded innocent enough -- until Hutchinson leaders explained what this could mean for everyone from the local cupcake shop to the Baptist church. Suddenly,...
  • Proposed Law Would Force Churches to Host Gay Weddings [Where's The Revolution?]

    04/23/2012 10:23:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 23, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    Proposed Law Would Force Churches to Host Gay Weddings Apr 23, 2012 By Todd Starnes Religious liberty groups are blasting a proposed ordinance that would force churches in Hutchinson, Kan. to rent their facilities for gay weddings and gay parties. The Hutchinson City Council will consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in the city’s human relations code. They are expected to vote on the changes next month. According to the Hutchinson Human Relations Commission, churches that rent out their buildings to the general public would not be allowed to discriminate “against a gay couple who...
  • Kathleen, I’ve got a feeling you’re still in Kansas (Health insurance)

    04/20/2012 6:30:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 2012 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    Republicans embrace big-government health care Sebelius left behindLiberals are a curious breed. They actually believe the government can mandate you into prosperity. They wave a magic wand, and the universe bends to their whim. At the end of each day, they rest their weary heads blissfully - willfully - unaware of the damage they cause. Witness Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Before she was wielding the iron fist of power granted to her by Obamacare, she was the Kansas’ governor and, before that, the Kansas insurance commissioner. Health insurance mandates were her stock in trade, and with...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup - The STP 400 at Kansas Speedway .. Sunday 4/22/12 @ 1230pm ET on FoX

    04/18/2012 5:14:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 119 replies
    NASCAR.com ^ | 4/18/22
    Kansas .. fast track .. and a lot of possibilities when it comes to a winner. Hopefully, fair weather will prevail. See Ya here .. and there!
  • Tornado moving through Wichita, KS

    04/14/2012 8:20:21 PM PDT · by se_ohio_young_conservative · 31 replies
    I see very strong rotation/hook on radar. A very strong tornado is on the ground and moving through the highly populated area !
  • Forecasters: Dangerous storms moving into Midwest

    04/14/2012 3:28:27 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 61 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 14, 2012 | AP
    Baseball-sized hail is tearing the siding off homes in northeast Nebraska, a tornado has touched down in Kansas and forecasters are warning residents across the nation's midsection to brace for "life threatening" storms. The National Weather Service says a rain-wrapped tornado touched down in southwest Kansas on Saturday afternoon, while at least three possible tornadoes were reported earlier in central Oklahoma. No injuries were immediately reported. But forecasters are expecting the most dangerous weather later in the day and are warning residents across the region of possible fast-moving tornadoes overnight. Officials say a large area spanning from Minnesota to Texas...
  • Tornado warning issued for northern Kansas

    04/14/2012 3:23:23 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 14 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 14, 2012 | AP
    The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for sections of north central Kansas Saturday afternoon after earlier reports of ripe conditions for storms across the heart of the country. The counties included in the warning are western Jewell County, Mitchell Couonty, Osborne County and Smith County, all in north central Kansas, according to the National Weather Service. The warning will last until 12:45 CDT. Earlier, for only the second time in U.S. history, the Storm Prediction Center issued a high-risk warning more than 24 hours in advance, said Russ Schneider, director of the center, which is part of the...
  • Wichita in tornado crosshairs.

    04/14/2012 8:16:57 PM PDT · by lmr · 78 replies
    ksn.com | 4-14-2012 | Self
    Severe Storms in Wichita. Large Tornado moving into Southwest part of city. Haysville, Derby, Wichita especially in the crosshairs. We're hunkered down here and prepared. It looks like it might miss us, but there are more storms expected tonight. Looks like a long evening. Stay Safe!
  • High Risk Of Severe Weather Saturday (Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa)

    04/13/2012 3:20:25 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 114 replies
    Wunderground.com ^ | 4/13/12 | Sean Tanner
    <p>The Storm Prediction Center has predicted a slight chance of severe weather for parts of Texas and Oklahoma this entire week, thus it should come as no surprise that the weekend holds the best chance of dangerous severe weather.</p> <p>The Storm Prediction Center has issued an upgraded, high chance of severe weather from central Oklahoma through eastern Kansas (see image below). In addition, there is a moderate risk of severe weather from western Texas through southern Iowa, and a slight risk in the greater area from central Texas through southern Wisconsin.</p>
  • New Technologies Put Kansas on Cusp of Oil Boom

    04/09/2012 12:37:12 PM PDT · by Rio · 32 replies
    Associated Press via Chem.info ^ | April 9, 2012 | ROXANA HEGEMAN
    The new-fangled wells are essentially vertical wells with a horizontal bend at the oil-rich lime formation. Fracking, a technique used in Kansas since 1947, pushes water and sand down the hole to open up natural fractures in the rock and increase permeability. That combination of old and new technologies allows producers to extract as much as five to 10 times more oil and gas from a horizontal well than a conventional vertical well. {snip} Drilling has only just begun. Barber and Harper counties are "ground zero" of an oil boom anticipated to spread north across a wide swath of the...
  • Doomsday shelters line Kansas missile silo

    04/09/2012 11:52:50 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 74 replies
    AFP/YahooNews ^ | 4/9/12 | Joe Lambe
    Tucked deep beneath the Kansas prairie, luxury condos are being built into the shaft of an abandoned missile silo to service anxious -- and wealthy -- people preparing for doomsday. So far, four buyers have plopped down a total of about $7 million for havens to flee to when disaster happens or the end is nigh. And developer Larry Hall has options to retro-fit three more Cold War-era silos when this one fills up. "They worry about events ranging from solar flares, to economic collapse, to pandemics to terrorism to food shortages," Hall told AFP on a tour of the...
  • Bank wants Missouri Rep. Cleaver [D-MO] to pay $1.5 million on car wash loan

    04/07/2012 12:46:12 PM PDT · by Justaham · 23 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 4/6/12 | Steve Kraske and Dave Helling
    U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's car wash headache is raging once again. The bank that loaned the Kansas City congressman and his wife $1.3 million in 2002 to buy the Grandview Auto Wash at 12204 Blue Ridge Extension is now demanding payment of more than $1.5 million, after the Cleavers repeatedly fell behind on repaying the loan. The suit, filed last week in Jackson County Circuit Court, said the demand for repayment came after three attempts to delay foreclosure. Bank of America also is seeking attorney’s fees and a receiver to protect collateral. “The Cleaver Company failed and refused, and continues...
  • Kansas Sportsmen's Self Defense Bill Signed into Law

    04/04/2012 6:20:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    guns.com ^ | 30 March, 2012 | 13663
    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed House Bill 2491, the Sportsmen's Self Defense bill into law. The bill would allow hunters, fishermen and fur harvesters to carry a handgun in the field. The bill passed in the House by an overwhelming 113 to 8 vote in February, the state Senate passed the bill unanimously on March 15 before it was sent to the governors guest. The commonsense bill would allow an individual to carry a handgun for person protection while hunting, fishing or trapping as long as it is used for personal protection and not the unauthorized taking of wildlife....
  • Kansas Beats Kentucky: $139,000 vs. $127,000 for a Degree in Gender Studies

    04/02/2012 4:54:25 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Kansas Beats Kentucky: $139,000 vs. $127,000 for a Degree in Gender Studies By Thomas Cloud April 2, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - You can spend four years earning a degree in “Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies” at the University of Kansas or a degree in "Gender and Women's Studies" at the University of Kentucky. But the degree will cost you more at Kansas if you are an out-of-state student that it will at Kentucky. At Kansas, according to the College Board, tuition plus room and board is currently $21,446 per year for an in-state student and $34,832 for an out-of-state student. At...
  • Motor home crash kills 5 in northeast Kansas

    04/01/2012 8:47:34 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 20 replies
    AP via FoxNews ^ | April 1, 2012 | AP
    YNDON, Kan. – A packed motor home headed from Texas to Minnesota crashed Sunday morning in northeast Kansas, killing five people and sending 13 others to hospitals. The Kansas Highway Patrol said the northbound vehicle was filled with 18 people and pulling a trailer when the driver lost control at 9 a.m. on Interstate 35.