The Fox Top 10 Announced

August 4, 2015 - Leave a Response

Fox News has announced the 10 participants in Thursday’s GOP presidential debate: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich.

Missing the cut, but invited to appear at a separate forum earlier on Thursday, are Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Jim Gilmore and George Pataki.

The 10 participants were selected from an average of five national polls, all conducted over the past week.

Kansas Backs Off $25 ATM Limit

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas has eliminated a $25-per-day limit on ATM withdrawals with cash assistance cards.

The state Department for Children and Families said Tuesday that it was rescinding the policy before it could be put into effect for 15,000 poor residents receiving cash assistance each month.

The department confirmed its action in a statement to The Associated Press before making it public.

Legislators approved the withdrawal limit in April as part of a measure rewriting rules for cash assistance. The limit was designed to prevent benefits from being converted to cash for non-essential spending.

Questions from U.S. officials prompted concerns that the federal government might withhold funds from Kansas.

Lawmakers in June approved a follow-up measure giving department Secretary Phyllis Gilmore the authority to raise or eliminate the limit.

Another Look at Cameras for Cops in Kansas

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(AP) – Kansas legislators are reopening their debate over requiring body cameras for police, and a key Republican says he’s determined to resolve issues that kept lawmakers from enacting such a policy.

Local officials and law enforcement groups remained concerned Tuesday about the potential costs and limiting access to the recordings.

Such proposals have been a response to the Aug. 9, 2014, fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old who had scuffled with a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Body-camera proposals introduced earlier this year in the Kansas House and Senate did not clear committee.

A joint committee plans to study the issue this summer and fall. Chairman and Republican Rep. John Rubin of Shawnee says requiring body cameras protects the public while also shielding officers from unwarranted allegations of misconduct

DWI Missouri Lawmaker Apologizes for Renarks

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(AP) – A Missouri state lawmaker has apologized for telling media he believes he wasn’t impaired after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.

State Rep. David Hinson apologized Tuesday to Cole County Associate Circuit Judge Thomas Sodergren and says he is guilty.

Hinson previously told The Associated Press he didn’t believe he was actually intoxicated. Hinson said last week that he agreed to the charge to avoid court expenses and potentially losing his driver’s license for a year.

Sodergren told Hinson his conflicting statements could lead the public to distrust the system.

The charge stemmed from an incident Feb. 2 when Hinson’s vehicle struck a state truck near a Capitol parking garage.

Hinson said he had one alcoholic drink and was taking medication that could have made him drowsy.

Judge Says No Vote Needed on StL Stadium

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(AP) – The effort to build a new riverfront football stadium in St. Louis got a big boost Monday when a judge ruled that approval from city voters is not necessary to use city tax money for the project.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Tomas Frawley’s ruling voided a city ordinance requiring voter approval for any project using tax dollars for a professional sports facility. He called the 2002 law’s language confusing and vague.

He also ruled that the stadium plan does not break a state law requiring it to be “adjacent” to the city’s convention center, even though several blocks separate the two sites. Frawley ruled that Missouri courts have determined that “adjacent” simply means nearby.

The ruling is a win for supporters of a stadium proposal that’s part of an effort to either keep the Rams in St. Louis or lure another team. The Rams currently play in the Edward Jones Dome, which is outdated by NFL standards. The new stadium would be along the Mississippi River


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