Kansas men convicted of federal firearms violations spared by judge…and other headlines: February 7, 2016

A federal judge spares two Kansas men convicted of federal firearms violations from prison. He took into account their mistaken belief that a Kansas law can shield anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state from federal prosecution. That claim was at the center of their defense. The sentence keeps the federal felony convictions against those two men intact.
A Kansas House committee is preparing to be aggressive in drafting a plan to increase personal income taxes to address the state’s ongoing budget problems. A majority of Taxation Committee members indicated during an informal discussion they’re ready to propose raising taxes between $900 million and $1.2 billion over two years. The state has been plagued by budget problems since enacting the tax cuts championed by Governor Brownback.
A Topeka man will spend nearly four years in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to operate an interstate sex trafficking business. That man was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy. He admitted in his plea deal that he and others worked together to run a prostitution business based in Topeka that would operate in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
Officials say construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan is going well and is on time. The $1.25 billion research facility abbreviated to NBAF, will study diseases that can be spread from animals to humans. Construction originally was scheduled to be completed last year but that was delayed. The lab is now on track to be fully operational in December 2022.

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