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News Minute: Here is the latest Kansas news from The Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities have announced charges against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen recent highway shootings that have wounded three people. Mohammed Whitaker of Grandview is charged with 18 felony counts. Most of the shootings occurred in the Missouri suburbs of Kansas City but one happened in Leawood, Kansas.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Governor Sam Brownback is making it easier for the state to bring a casino to southeast Kansas, despite his personal qualms about expanding legalized gambling. Brownback is allowing a casino bill to become law without his signature. The measure will decrease the investment required for a prospective casino developer to $50 million from the current $225 million. It also lowers an initial deposit to $5.5 million from $25 million.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to weigh in on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. Officials say the review process is not starting over. But the delay could shift a final decision on the controversial project until after the midterm elections in November.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A spokeswoman says departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas. The New York Times reported this week that Sebelius was considering requests from unnamed Democrats to run for Republican Pat Roberts' seat. But Kansas Democrats say she hasn't contacted them.

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