- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A small southeastern Kansas congregation has settled its federal lawsuit stemming from a zoning dispute over church property.

A court filing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas indicates the parties have agreed that Liberty Baptist Church can use land it owns in Crawford County for a new church outside Pittsburg city limits. The judge’s order dismisses the lawsuit.

The congregation of 15 members sued the county in April after it was denied a conditional use permit, claiming the zoning laws violate the First Amendment and federal law.

Pastor Sandy Stallings commended the commissioners in a news release for not dragging the case out at “great public expense.”

The church agreed to plant some shrubs across its southern border and the county agreed to compensate it for some costs.

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