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Headlines for Sunday, May 22, 2022

Topeka Church Remains Under IRS Investigation

TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) - New details are emerging about a Topeka church under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.  The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that God's Storehouse has been under IRS investigation since June 2021.  The pastor of God's Storehouse is Republican State Senator Rick Kloos of Berryton.  Court documents show that attorneys representing the church sought to block summons for financial and credit card records.  The controversry centers around Senator Kloos' reference to the church in campaign and political activities, and the tax-free status of a thrift store run by the church.

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KCK Man Ordered to Turn Over $10,000 Raised by Bogus Charity

TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) - A Kansas City, Kansas man has been ordered to turn over more than $10,000 illegally raised by a fraudulent charity he ran.  KSN reports that William Storms III operated an organization called the Kansas City Fraternal Order of Police #1 Fund, an unregistered charity with no connection to the Fraternal Order of Police.  In a press release, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the $10,000 illegally raised would be given to the Bonner Springs Fraternal Order of Police Lodge Number 65.

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I-435 Temporarily Closed During Standoff at Nearby Hotel

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KPR) - Interstate 435 was closed near Worlds of Fun for several hours Friday during a standoff with police at a nearby hotel.  KCTV5 reported that about 100 police officers were called to a hotel just west of the interstate after receiving a call about a disturbance involving a weapon.  The standoff ended peacefully after several hours and the suspect was taken into custody.  The investigation is continuing.

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Oklahoma Nears Abortion Ban; Some Providers to Refer Patients to Kansas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is only days away from enacting the toughest state ban on abortion and some abortion provides say they plan to refer some patients to Kansas, Colorado, and other states.  Meanwhile, questions remained Friday about how the law’s limited exceptions would be enforced. The law allows abortions to save a pregnant patient’s life “in a medical emergency” and supporters said doctors still would make decisions about what an emergency is. There's an exception for cases of rape, sexual assault or incest that have been reported to law enforcement but it won’t help victims who don’t report the crimes.

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