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Kansas state Rep. John Rubin, a Shawnee Republican, testifies during a House Education Committee hearing in favor of a bill to repeal a law giving a tuition break to some higher education students brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The 2004 law allows such students to pay the same lower rates at state universities and colleges as Kansas residents living in the U.S. legally. Comment?
Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, the state's leading gay-rights group, at a Statehouse rally Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. The decision by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last week to support non-discrimination ordinances as long as they include religious exemptions raises the question of whether and how to accommodate gay rights and religious beliefs. Comment?
Eric Voth, chairman of the Institute on Global Drug Policy and a Topeka, Kan., doctor, argues during a Kansas Senate committee hearing that marijuana is dangerous and legislation to partially legalize its use would harm public health, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. He says states that have already legalized medical marijuana set bad precedents by circumventing medical approval processes. Comment?
LuAnn Lewis, right, fights back tears as Nancy Escalante, the supervisor of the marriage license department, left, finalizes her application for a marriage license, Thursday Nov. 13, 2014, at the Shawnee County Courthouse in Topeka, Kan. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling prompted gay couples across Kansas to trickle into county offices to pick up marriage applications Thursday and, while most were uncertain whether they would be allowed to wed, some judges have waived a mandatory waiting period. Comment?
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt discusses the legal questions surrounding the state constitution's ban on gay marriage during a briefing for The Associated Press, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. The Kansas Supreme Court has granted a request from Schmidt to block the issuance of marriage licenses to gay couples by a Kansas county. Comment?
Zoo officials say Eli had been exhibiting signs of discomfort and a lack of appetite. Veterinary staff worked closely with ape keepers and, concerned that it was Eli's cancer, conducted an exploratory procedure Saturday. Comment?
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