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April 12, 2014
It doesn’t bother me none. If he shoots me he shoots me.
Overland Park, Kansas resident Kathy Embley • Taking a somewhat lackadaisical approach to a report that a series of random shootings in the Kansas City area may be connected. At least 12 shootings have been reported since March 8, and while no physical evidence connects them, authorities note that there are similarities such as time of day and location that tie them together.
17:17 // 5 months ago
February 15, 2014
A strong majority of my members support laws that define traditional marriage, protect religious institutions and protect individuals from being forced to violate their personal moral values. However, my members also don’t condone discrimination.
Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle • In a statement discussing why a bill which passed the Kansas House was unlikely to pass in the Senate. House Bill 2453, which essentially allows people to refuse service to same-sex couples on religious grounds, passed resoundingly in the House on Wednesday. The bill provoked a national outcry for its similarity to the infamous Jim Crow laws—be sure to check this Andrew Sullivan piece to get an idea of what’s at stake.
12:01 // 7 months ago
September 22, 2013
1:30 // 1 year ago
May 20, 2013

We had the audio of this yesterday, but here’s the clip of KSN running for shelter after a major storm battered down in Wichita, Kansas yesterday.

10:48 // 1 year ago
May 19, 2013

KSN-TV weathermen ditch studio for shelter during tornado

matthewkeys:

KSN-TV meteorologists ditch the television studio for a storm shelter as severe weather pounds Wichita, Kansas.

Around the two-minute mark is where things start getting crazy. Very harrowing.

17:23 // 1 year ago
April 6, 2013

Kansas close to codifying “life begins at fertilization”

  • 90-30vote in the Kansas House to enact new anti-abortion legislation. It doesn’t include a time-sensitive ban, like “fetal heartbeat” legislation in North Dakota, but defines life as beginning at fertilization — language opponents fear is groundwork for more to come (for example, the birth control pill may act after fertilization, raising legal threats to hormonal contraception). It also restricts Planned Parenthood, preventing them from receiving tax credits and public funds, and from providing sexual education materials to public schools. Republican Governor Sam Brownback, a staunch opponent of abortion, will almost assuredly sign the bill into law. source 
  • (EDIT: This post originally said the pill acted post-fertilization — this is true of one of its methods of preventing pregnancy, but is not always the case. My deepest apologies for the mistake, and thanks to the reader who pointed this out. — Chris @ SFB)
15:47 // 1 year ago
January 28, 2013
A dangerous thief is on the loose in Wichita, KS, and police believe the suspect portrayed in the sketch at the top of this post could be behind a string of robberies that left three confiscated marijuana bags a little lighter than the day they arrived in the Wichita PD evidence room. Here’s hoping police can bring that terrifying criminal to justice sooner rather than later.  (h/t to Gawker) source

A dangerous thief is on the loose in Wichita, KS, and police believe the suspect portrayed in the sketch at the top of this post could be behind a string of robberies that left three confiscated marijuana bags a little lighter than the day they arrived in the Wichita PD evidence room. Here’s hoping police can bring that terrifying criminal to justice sooner rather than later.  (h/t to Gawker) source

17:51 // 1 year ago
April 15, 2012

Major storms, tornadoes cause damage throughout plains states

  • 97 tornadoes reported from a line of major storms on Saturday
  • five people killed in Saturday’s tornadoes and storms, all deaths reported from the Oklahoma town of Woodward
  • 29 injured in Oklahoma, where a hospital was damaged by the storm, along with homes and businesses source

» Storms predicted, reported early: On Thursday, the Norman, Okla.-based Storm Prediction Center announced a potentially life-threatening storm that would hit the midwest and plains states this weekend. It was just the second time that the center made an announcement more than a day in advance of a storm. The center warns that the threat is still there, but it’s just moved eastward. But it left much destruction in its path: In Iowa, a town was largely destroyed; in Kansas, an Air Force base suffered damage. Nebraska reported baseball-sized hail. But in Oklahoma, the storms proved deadly. Very scary.

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10:25 // 2 years ago
November 28, 2011
15:15 // 2 years ago
I would do it again.
Kansas teen Emma Sullivan • Rejecting a demand by her high school principal that she apologize to the governor of the state, Sam Brownback, over a tweet she wrote to her friends that said, verbatim, this: “Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” Sullivan, who disagrees with Brownback’s stance on paying for the arts, got reprimanded by her school over the tweet (at the request of the governor’s office), a move that backfired and earned her thousands of followers on Twitter. Stand up for your rights, Emma!
11:45 // 2 years ago