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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - The federal public defender's office said Thursday it has asked for 67 inmates to be released from federal prison and plans to also seek freedom for more than 150 others because authorities at a Kansas prison secretly recorded conversations between the prisoners and their attorneys that are supposed to be private. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson will hear arguments Friday on a motion seeking a contempt ruling against the government.

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - A white county commissioner in northeast Kansas said he belongs to "the master race" as he critiqued a land-use proposal by a black city planner at a board meeting. Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp cited the Nazi ideology of Aryan supremacy Tuesday in response to Triveece Penelton's presentation on road development in Tonganoxie. Klemp told Penelton: "I don't want you to think I'm picking on you because we're part of the master race."

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A 55-year-old Kansas man who was growing marijuana on an island in the Neosho River has been sentenced to more than five years in prison. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Scott Joseph Skibo, of Chetopa, was sentenced Thursday for unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. Officers chased Skibo in a boat before he was apprehended.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Attorneys for three Kansas militia members who conspired to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants in a western Kansas meatpacking town have asked the court to bar at sentencing any victim impact statements, arguing no one was actually hurt. Prosecutors say the men are trying to "minimize their actions and de-personalize their crimes." The dispute has derailed a two-day sentencing hearing that had been scheduled to begin Monday.

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