WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A federal judge is due to hear arguments about whether to allow victim impact statements from Somali immigrants at the sentencing hearing for three Kansas militia members convicted of plotting to bomb a mosque and an apartment complex where the immigrants live. The hearing is set for Monday in Wichita. Attorneys for Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen say the immigrants aren't victims because no one was hurt. Prosecutors say the defendants are trying to de-personalize their crimes.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita police will soon ask gun owners and sellers to keep spent ammunition as a way to help identify stolen weapons following an increase in gun thefts over the past five years. Deputy Police Chief Jose Salcido tells the Wichita Eagle that the city has seen a spike in firearms thefts from about 400 in 2012 to 1,600 last year. He says police plan to ask gun sellers and buyers to save two fired casings. The gun owner or dealer can then turn the casings over to police if their firearm is stolen.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Republican Party will be getting a new chairman in February. State GOP Chairman Kelly Arnold has announced that he will not seek a fourth, two-year term after serving six years as the Kansas party's top official. The Republican State Committee will name his successor. Arnold began as chairman in 2013, and the GOP won all statewide and congressional races from 2010 through 2016.
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has called on a white county official to resign after he said at a public meeting that whites are "the master race." Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp cited the master race _ the Nazi ideology of Aryan supremacy _ at a board meeting Tuesday while responding to a presentation by a black official, Triveece Penelton, on road development options in Tonganoxie, just west of Kansas City. Colyer says the comment was unacceptable.
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