- Associated Press - Thursday, March 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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LEAVENWORTH - An Army spokesman says an escaped inmate who eluded capture for 37 years is back behind bars at the military’s maximum-security prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Spokesman George Marcec confirmed Thursday that convicted killer James Robert Jones returned to military custody this week from Florida and is being housed at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks. It is unclear if Jones has been charged with additional crimes related to his escape. UPCOMING: 250 words by 10 a.m.


TOPEKA - The state House is preparing to debate whether Kansas should join a compact of states seeking to exempt themselves from the federal health care law. By John Hanna. UPCOMING: 400 words.


TOPEKA - Legislative budget committees are scheduled to begin drafting their responses to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that found portions of the state’s school funding formula unconstitutional. By John Milburn. UPCOMING: 300 words.


TOPEKA - Kansas senators have approved a bill repealing mortgage registration fees that supporters call a hidden tax, while county officials say the measure their budgets and provides no way to replace lost funds. Senate Bill 298 would phase out over five years the fees lenders pay to county governments based on the cost of a mortgage for a residential or commercial property. UPCOMING: 400 words.


KANSAS CITY - Kansas City leaders say a retired Missouri investment mogul is trying to bankrupt their city and rekindling a business border war with Kansas over income taxes. Two nonprofit groups with ties to anti-tax crusader Rex Sinquefield of St. Louis are spending a combined $200,000 during the tax filing season on cable television ads promoting lower taxes in Kansas and promoting Kansas city as a high-tax place to live and do business. UPCOMING: 400 words.


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