"Michigan-based Christian bookstore retailer Family Christian Stores withdrew a bankruptcy proposal this week after debtors criticized its restructuring plan that would have involved selling virtually all of its assets.
"Family Christian Stores has withdrawn a proposal for a controversial bankruptcy plan criticized by debtors for ties between the seller and buyer that were too close for comfort.
"Last week, Kathryn Gardner was the second judge confirmed under Kansas’s new method of selecting appellate court judges, and her confirmation gives the state a look at the system Gov. Sam Brownback wants to use for choosing state supreme court justices.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with judges making decisions that reflect the political views held by elected officials, according to Kansas University law professor Steve Ware.
A grassroots community organization that attempted to block retention of two Kansas Supreme Court justices fell short of its goal in Tuesday's general election. Kansans for Justice sought to oust two justices who ruled to overturn death sentences for convicted murderers Jonathan and Reginald Carr.
Professor Ware said that retention elections are designed for incumbents to win. Candidates are listed on the ballot with no political party affiliation.
A recent change in Kansas law has re-ignited the debate on how judges are selected to the bench. In this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske examines the methods for seating judges, and who should hold the final say in how they are chosen.
Stephen Ware is a Professor of Law at the University of Kansas.
Matthew Menendez is counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law.
Frank Morris wrote, "The candidates for governor in Kansas are sparring over taxes, health care and school funding. But in many ways there’s a more fundamental issue that separates Gov. Sam Brownback from his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis. Both stand on opposing sides of a running battle over how state Supreme Court justices should be chosen.
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Karen Dillon and Keith King wrote:
Millions of dollars are missing following the failed purchase of two landmark buildings in downtown Kansas City.
Critics say a Ponzi Scheme drained the pockets of dozens of victims including local power brokers, retirees living on fixed incomes and those with life-threatening illnesses, an investigation by 41 Action News found.
At the center of the defunct deals is Brenda Wood, a business woman from Leavenworth County who owns a small janitorial service that cleans school buildings and other facilities.
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Topeka — Conservative Republican legislators are pushing aggressively for an overhaul of how Kansas fills vacancies on its two highest courts, but they face significant obstacles in getting a proposed amendment to the state constitution on the ballot.
Stephen Ware was interviewed for a Kansas Public Television story on whether judges should be telling lawmakers how much they should be spending in the classroom.