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SENATE RACE-DEMOCRAT

Democrat raised $127K for US Senate bid in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Democrat Chad Taylor has disclosed raising $127,000 through June for his U.S. Senate campaign in Kansas.

A report filed by Taylor's campaign with federal regulators shows about $42,000 of Taylor's cash contributions came from April through June. Most of Taylor's funds are from individuals.

Taylor's campaign also disclosed spending $116,000 since forming his campaign in November, most of it from April through June. He ended June with less than $11,000 in cash.

Taylor is the Shawnee County district attorney, and he's running for the seat held by three-term Republican Pat Roberts.

Taylor faces Lawrence attorney Patrick Wiesner in the Democratic primary. A finance report for Wiesner was not available online.

Roberts faces tea party challenger Milton Wolf and two other lesser-known candidates in the Aug. 5 GOP primary.

CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT-WASHBURN

Washburn seeks more time to respond to probe

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Washburn University has asked federal investigators for more time to respond to an investigation into how the school handled an alleged sexual assault.

University spokeswoman Amanda Hughes says Washburn's attorney requested an extension of the July 31 deadline to submit its sexual assault policies and procedures to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

KSNT-TV (http://bit.ly/UqIANV) reports the school is asking for an additional four to six weeks because of the volume of documents being sought.

The victim of an alleged sexual assault filed a complaint against the school in April, and OCR opened its probe July 1. University police investigated the case and sent the findings to the Shawnee County District Attorney's Office, while the student accused in the case was punished for violating student codes.

SECRETARY OF STATE'S RACE

Kobach foe criticizes 'dual' Kansas voting system

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Secretary of State Kris Kobach's opponent in the Republican primary predicts that a "dual" voting system for helping Kansas enforce a proof-of-citizenship rule will confuse voters and suppress turnout.

Challenger Scott Morgan's criticism of the Kobach-designed system Tuesday came a day after the secretary of state's office began mailing notices to dozens of voters about it. The voters registered using a national form without providing proof of their U.S. citizenship to election officials.

Kobach advised counties last month to set aside such voters' ballots and count only their votes in congressional races in the Aug. 5 election.

Morgan called the policy baffling.

But Kobach dismissed the criticism, saying maybe Morgan is confused.

Most Kansas residents use a state registration form requiring them to produce citizenship papers for election officials.

HUMANE SOCIETY-EUTHANIZED ANIMALS

Humane Society euthanized 4,000 animals in 2013

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Humane Society euthanized about 4,000 animals last year but an official says the number of animals saved continues to improve.

Spokeswoman Melissa Houston says the society provided services for 17,000 animals last year, with about 13,000 homeless. Of those, more than 9,000 were adopted but the other 4,000 had to be euthanized.

Houston says decisions on which animals to put down are usually based on health and behavior, but some are based on space at the shelter.

She says the good news is that 73 percent of the animals are being adopted, up from only 23 percent in 2003.

KWCH-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1r3tY23 ) the organization generally has not released euthanization numbers but Houston says she hopes doing so will make the public more aware of pet overpopulation.

STEPBROTHER KILLED

Teen sentencing for stepbrother's death in August

(Information in the following story is from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com )

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas teenager who shot and killed his 9-year-old stepbrother during an argument over doing chores will be sentenced in August.

Ryan Velez, who is now 18, has spent about three years at Larned State Hospital after pleading guilty in 2011 to murdering his stepbrother, Kaden Harper.

During a hearing Monday, Velez's sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 6.

The Salina Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1kae0oo ) Velez was sent to Larned for treatment after pleading guilty last September to unintentional but reckless second-degree murder. Because he was released before his sentence was complete, he was referred back to district court for sentencing.

Prosecutors said Velez shot his stepbrother on June 1, 2010 at their rural Assaria home when the boys were home alone.

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