Local expert says ‘new NAFTA’ trade deal good for metro’s economy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One local expert says, for local farmers and auto workers, there’s a lot to like in the so-called "new NAFTA."

“It’s not bad news,” said Raj Bhala with the University of Kansas. “It’s not bad news at all.”

President Trump announced the new trade agreement, called the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA), late Sunday night.

University of Kansas law professor explains who may be next if Rosenstein leaves after Trump meeting

As President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prepare to meet on Thursday, a University of Kansas law professor goes over what would happen if a vacancy occurs in his position.

“Rod Rosenstein’s position is one that ordinarily requires a nomination by the President and then approval or confirmation by the Senate,” said Richard Levy, J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Kansas.

While the job is vacant, someone still has to mind the store, and there is law for that.

KU Law Professor Kyle Velte discusses Kavanaugh proceedings on KCUR

As Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her claim of sexual assault by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, another woman has come forward accusing President Trump's candidate of the same thing. While those on Capitol Hill wrestle with how to proceed, we looked at the ethical questions involved and asked listeners if they thought the allegations should halt the confirmation process.

KU Law School helps exonerate man wrongly convicted for doppelgänger's crime

Richard Jones says the only word he can find to describe the feeling he had when he was released from prison is “surreal.”

With the assistance of the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence at the University of Kansas School of Law, Jones was exonerated in June 2017 after serving almost 17 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Sessions rails against ‘activist judges’ with new DOJ guidelines on judicial orders

Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back against “the resistance” and “activist judges” on Thursday in Kansas City, where he announced new Justice Department guidelines on nationwide injunctions, or judicial orders that have broader applications than a specific case.

Sessions spoke to reporters and Justice Department officials at the Charles Evans Whittaker U.S. Courthouse in downtown Kansas City to rail against what he called “abuses of judicial power.”

#NotInvisible: Why are Native American women vanishing?

VALIER, Mont. - The searchers rummage through the abandoned trailer, flipping over a battered couch, unfurling a stained sheet, looking for clues. It's blistering hot and a grizzly bear lurking in the brush unleashes a menacing growl. But they can't stop.

Not when a loved one is still missing.

The group moves outside into knee-deep weeds, checking out a rusted garbage can, an old washing machine - and a surprise: bones.

Man who wrongfully spent 17 years in prison in ‘doppelgänger case’ seeks $1.1 million

Nearly two decades ago, Richard A. Jones was convicted of aggravated robbery after being picked out of a lineup by witnesses who said he stole a cellphone in a Walmart parking lot in Kansas.

But while Mr. Jones, who maintains he is innocent, was serving his 19-year sentence at Lansing Correctional Facility, inmates told him he looked like a prisoner named Ricky.

That resemblance would eventually lead to his freedom.

Judge to review DNA request

A judge will decide whether to permit DNA testing in the case of a man who was convicted more than 10 years ago of robbing and raping a woman at a Lansing convenience store.

Gregory Mark George Jr. did not appear in court Friday for a status hearing. But attorneys appeared on his behalf in Leavenworth County District Court.

George, 39, is serving a prison sentence for charges of rape, aggravated robbery and aggravated intimidation of a witness.

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