TOPIC 1: NON-HEAD LINER
Controversy has erupted over the placement of a headless female nude statue in the Overland Park Arboretum. Unable to persuade city officials to remove it, The American Family Association has undertaken a petition campaign. The petition calls for a grand jury investigation of the matter.
TOPIC 2: THE FED FIX
Unable or unwilling to reach agreement, the Kansas Legislature ended its session without redistricting the state electoral boundaries. Just weeks away from the August primary, Secretary of State Kobach called for the federal courts to resolve the impasse. A three-judge panel completed the task in a few days and released the revised districts late last week. The filing deadline was yesterday (June 11) at noon.
TOPIC 3: SHINING STAR!
Kansas City Star reporter Christine Vendel is receiving praise for her two-part story on the reluctance of shooting victims to cooperate with law enforcement. That reluctance means many aggressors are not prosecuted and remain on the streets. Police Chief Forte, Mayor James and Prosecutor Peters-Baker say things will change.
TOPIC 4: ON WISCONSIN!
Efforts to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker failed and many Republicans see the election as a positive indicator for the fall. The recall effort was spearheaded by public employee unions, opposed to Walker’s cuts in their benefits. Walker said the cuts were necessary to balance the state budget.
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