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

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas is joining a proposed compact of states that hope to be exempted from the federal health care overhaul. Governor Sam Brownback has signed the compact bill and is rejecting criticism that the move will jeopardize seniors' benefits. The compact would not take effect unless Congress also agreed to it. Critics of the Kansas bill have questioned whether that would happen if Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas will strip cities and counties of their power to regulate guns and nullify local gun regulations in July. Governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill preventing local officials from restricting the sale of firearms and ammunition or regulating how guns are transported and stored. Opponents argue that local officials know their communities best and should be allowed to regulate guns.

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - An Army private in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks has won an initial victory to living as a woman. A Leavenworth County judge has granted a petition changing her name to Chelsea Manning. But the decision doesn't force the military to treat the soldier previously known as Bradley Manning as a woman.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Fort Riley soldier has admitted taking about $72,000 in disability payments he wasn't eligible to receive. Prosecutors say James Nickerson claimed he couldn't work because of "mental disorders" he developed while serving in Iraq. But they say Nickerson hid that he was working full-time in various Army jobs, including as a platoon sergeant.

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