Central Standard
2:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Same-Sex Couples In Kansas Navigate Legal Gray Area

There's been a lot of ambiguity in the laws surrounding same-sex marriage in Kansas, with Johnson County clerks first given a green light to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and then swiftly given the red light in short order. So how do couples evaluate their options while the state is in limbo? And what's happening in the courts right now? 


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6:36 am
Thu February 13, 2014

ACLU Sues Missouri Over Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Jim MacDonald, with daughter Grace, waits to talk to reporters about Missouri's same-sex marriage prohibition.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri  has filed suit, trying to overturn the state’s refusal to accept same-sex marriage.

The suit is in the name of a Kansas City couple and seven others around the State.

The suit assumes public attitudes have changed since the Missouri Constitution was altered to ban same-gender marriage a decade ago.  

Jim MacDonald and Andy Schuerman were legally married in Canada and are raising Schuerman’s  biological 3-year old daughter, Grace.

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3:43 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

ACLU Ready to File Lawsuit Over Kan. Voter Registration Law

The American Civil Liberties Union says in a letter that it's ready to go to court over a voter registration law in Kansas.

The law requires people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship with a document such as a birth certificate. More than 12,000 voter registration applications have been put on hold because of that requirement.

Doug Bonney is with the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri. He says the law, which was strongly championed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, puts unnecessary hurdles in front of voters.

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Cops & Crime
9:33 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Police Must Get Search Warrant For Most DUI Blood Tests

The United States Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police must obtain a search warrant to draw blood in routine drunk driving arrests.

The case stems from a 2010 drunk driving arrest in Cape Girardeau. At question is whether a Missouri Highway Patrol Officer violated Tyler McNeely’s protection from unreasonable search and seizure when he drew McNeely’s blood with neither a warrant nor his permission.

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8:19 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Advocates Still Wary Of Infectious Disease Bill

Kansas health officials are trying to assure local health groups that a controversial bill dealing with infectious diseases needed an update to response protocols for occupational exposures. Some HIV advocates, however, aren’t completely sold.

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10:07 am
Wed November 28, 2012

ACLU Sues Over Policy Preventing Inmates From Getting Married

The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against the state prison facility at Jefferson City over a policy they say is barring inmates from getting married. 

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8:39 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Lee’s Summit Student Website Ruling Reversed

A Kansas City federal judge has been directed to make another attempt at settling a dispute between the Lee’s Summit School District and two students suspended after a blog caused a furor. A federal appeals panel has rejected a preliminary injunction against the 180 day suspensions of twin brothers.

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Cops & Crime
9:25 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Missouri Drunk Driving Case Heads To U.S. Supreme Court

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A Cape Girardeau drunk driving case is going all the way to the U.S.  Supreme Court.  The court will decide if police can give a blood test without a warrant.

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9:12 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ACLU urges Missouri Governor Nixon to veto a bill protecting worship services to protect freedom of speech.  The Missouri Senate race is close.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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7:20 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Governor Nixon Urged To Veto Bill Protecting Worship Services

The American Civil Liberties Union wants Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to veto a bill that would make it a crime to disturb worship services in Missouri. 

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7:34 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, January 2, 2012

  • ACLU Questions St. Joseph Schools About Religious Speakers
  • Kansas Highway Patrol Start First Training Academy In Two Years
  • Kansas City Chiefs End Season With A Win

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