- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Kansas. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to News Editor Chris Clark at 800-852-4844 or 816-421-4844 or cclark@ap.org.

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UPCOMING TODAY:

KANSAS-HEALTH CARE

TOPEKA - A proposal pushed by several conservative Republican officials to bring Kansas into a compact with other states to exempt themselves from the federal health care overhaul is coming up for a debate in a state House committee. UPCOMING: 500 words.

HARD 50 LAW

TOPEKA, Kan. - A proposal to make a minimum of 50 years in prison the presumed sentence in Kansas for first-degree murder rather than an option for juries to consider is up for debate in the state Senate. UPCOMING: 300 words.

OIL PIPELINE-NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. - Just as pressure was building on President Barack Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, the project ran into another obstacle - and it came again from Nebraska. A judge’s decision Wednesday to overturn a Nebraska law that allowed the pipeline guarantees the legal fight will continue for at least several more months. It also could leave Nebraska’s decision in the hands of the state Public Service Commission, a little-known board that regulates natural gas lines, grain warehouses and recreational vehicles. By Grant Schulte.

AP Photos CER108, NENH106, NENH107.

COMMUTER PLANE-BELLY LANDING

SALINA, Kan. - A pilot and co-pilot are out of a job after a small commuter plane landed at the Salina Regional Airport last week without landing gear. The two were the only ones on the SeaPort Airlines plane when it made the belly landing last Friday. Their names were not released. No one was injured.

GIRL SHOCKED-LAWSUIT

SALINA, Kan. - The family of an 11-year-old Salina girl who died after suffering an electrical shock while playing in the rain is suing the city and the company that made an electrical box. Jayden Hicks died in December after being shocked while playing with friends in downtown Salina last May.

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