TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A clinic in Kansas stopped providing telemedicine abortions months ago because it concluded that the legal climate remains uncertain despite a judge's order saying the state couldn't stop them. The Wichita clinic's operators were back in state court Wednesday for a hearing on their request for another order to prevent the state from enforcing laws on its books barring clinics from providing pregnancy-ending medications to patients without a doctor physically present.
SALINA, Kan. (AP) - A 41-year-old Salina man has been found not guilty of animal abuse charges stemming from the seizure of 189 animals. A Saline County jury deliberated less than an hour after a five-day trial of Matthew Fullen before returning the verdict Tuesday. Investigators alleged the cows, horses, bulls, dogs, cats and rabbits were neglected or starving. Fullen and his mother, Beverly Fullen, were initially arrested 165 misdemeanor counts and four felony counts of cruelty to animals.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Parts of Missouri and Kansas are cleaning up from severe storms that churned up tornadoes and caused renewed flooding concerns. River levels were again rising Wednesday along rivers and creeks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that about 50 levees will be overtopped. Earlier rounds of flooding caused dozens of levee breaches. The latest deluge closed highways in 17 Kansas counties, along with more than 330 Missouri roads.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas paid out-of-state law firms at least $899,000 in an unsuccessful attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. KCUR reports that records it obtained through an open records request show the state paid three high-powered East Coast law firms to defend its case for nearly three years before Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration dropped the effort in April.
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