"Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon add something that no other American church has: its own police force.
"On Wednesday night, the Trump administration released the 2017 Trade Policy Agenda to the public. The document, which was also sent to Congress, outlines a new approach to trade, with a focus on tougher bilateral trade deals which President Trump has touted as a way to get better "deals" for the United States.
Included in the agenda was a highly unusual and controversial promise that the US would not be bound by settlements from multinational bodies like the World Trade Organization (WTO) if it deemed that such settlements encroached on 'American sovereignty.'
"President Donald Trump told a gathering of governors including Kansas Governor Sam Brownback that his administration will do all that it can to restore the authority of the states. That may not turn out to mean what it seems to mean, according to a University of Kansas law professor.
"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) brushed off concerns over a voter photo identification requirement in his state last year, telling a civil rights advisory panel that he didn’t see it as a burden to reach for one’s wallet or purse to get identification.
In 2011, Kansas introduced one of the strictest voter laws in the United States, the Safe And Fair Elections Act, requiring voters to show both photo identification at the polls and proof that they are citizens when they register. Last year, the proof of citizenship requirement was blocked in federal court.
"When one Kansas City woman went public and reported her rape to the police, she found out most of her friends were also victims. She also found that they would never tell the police.
A look at what happens when you report a rape in our area.
As tax season gets underway, two University of Kansas groups are offering free tax preparation services for those who qualify.
KU Law students with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will prepare returns for taxpayers who are residents of Kansas, Missouri or Illinois; who earn less than $54,000 per household per year; and who do not itemize their deductions. The program runs from Feb. 15 through April 17.
"Kansas lawmakers are opting not to act this year on questions raised by an audit critical of the state's asset forfeiture laws, but have instead asked a judicial advisory group to review potential changes.
The audit, released last summer, concluded that law enforcement agencies take advantage of vague laws governing how they should report and use property seized from those suspected of crimes. Some departments use proceeds for what look like routine expenses, which can create an incentive for increased seizures, the audit said.