"The TPP is a trade pact currently being negotiated in unusual secrecy between the United States and 12 Asian and Pacific Rim nations. US pharmaceutical giants have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to US Senators who voted for the TPP legislation that passed last week, according to data from MapLight.
"People in Kansas can still register to vote in federal elections without showing proof of citizenship, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. But whether those people will be allowed to vote in state and local elections remains an open question.
"Kansas City-area lawyers don't foresee huge changes for business owners now that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages are legal nationwide, but a few areas bear watching.
"Some American Indian same-sex couples have been getting married, legally, by their tribal governments for years.
That wasn’t an option for Darla and Mattisa Harrison, of Lawrence, however. And even after Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling it still wouldn’t be, as the decision does not apply to tribal law, experts say.
Prioritizing legal standing over a traditional ceremony, at least initially, the Harrisons married in what they call “the white man way” at the Douglas County Courthouse in March. They believe they’re the first Indian same-sex couple to legally wed here.
"The Council of Saudi Chambers organized last Wednesday, April 29, an event entitled 'The Kingdom and International Trade Developments" in cooperation with the Harvard Alumni Association of Saudi Arabia.'
"The Supreme Court is expected to issue a highly anticipated ruling on gay marriage as early as Thursday.
Law professors say the ruling could settle the legal issue of gay marriage nationwide or keep a patchwork of marriage laws across the country.
Gay marriage in Kansas has been in flux since the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban in June 2014. That ruling applied to Kansas and overrode the Kansas Marriage Amendment, a ban on gay marriage passed by voters in 2005.
The future of Obamacare could have a lasting effect on the Sunflower state.
The Supreme Court’s about to decide if subsidies are legal in states such as Kansas, which don’t run their own healthcare exchanges.
"Shona Banda, a 38-year-old massage therapist who appeared in criminal court for the first time on Tuesday, is free on a $50,000 bond while her case is pending.
"In the beginning of the fall 2014 term at Columbia University, Zachary, then a senior, had just started dating a fellow student. They were not 'boyfriends yet,' Zachary said, but they decided to attend an on-campus party together late one Thursday night.
Zachary said they did not stay long at the party and agreed to leave together. They went back to Zachary's date's dorm room. Once they were in private, Zachary said, the male student attempted repeatedly to coerce him into intercourse, and forced Zachary to perform oral sex. He said he experienced throat pain from the incident.