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Noncitizen voting, already illegal in federal elections, becomes a centerpiece of 2024 GOP messaging

By ALI SWENSON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — One political party is holding urgent news conferences and congressional hearings over the topic. The other says it’s a dangerous distraction meant to seed doubts before this year’s presidential election. In recent months, the specter of immigrants voting illegally in the U.S. has erupted into a

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GOP fighting, 50-hour Democratic filibuster kill push to make amending Missouri Constitution harder

By SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican lawmakers have failed to pass a proposal to make it harder to amend the state constitution. The GOP-led Legislature adjourned Friday without passing the legislation. Some Republicans had hoped to put the measure on the August ballot, so voters could enact the higher

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New Kansas abortion clinic will open to help meet demand from restrictive neighboring states

By HANNAH FINGERHUT and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press A new abortion clinic is going to open in southeast Kansas this fall, bolstering the state’s role as a regional hub for reproductive health services since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Neighboring states like Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma limit access to abortion.

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Kansas governor cites competition concerns while vetoing measure for school gun-detection technology

By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a measure Wednesday that could have earmarked up to $5 million for gun-detection systems in schools while expressing concern that it could have benefitted only one particular company. Kelly’s line-item veto leaves in place $5 million for school safety grants but deletes specific wording

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Why the speech by Kansas City Chiefs kicker was embraced at Benedictine College’s commencement

By PETER SMITH and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Associated Press Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker may have stirred controversy in some quarters for his proclamations of conservative politics and Catholicism on Saturday, but he received a standing ovation from graduates and other attendees of the May 11 commencement ceremony at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. The

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