News to Know: Kansas governor bans “sanctuary” city policies, and Oklahoma governor signs abortion ban

TOPEKA, Kan. – On Tuesday, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed a bill to ban local municipalities from enacting so called “sanctuary” policies that could help immigrants stay in the state illegally. In announcing she signed the bill, Gov. Kelly said immigration is a federal responsibility and congress should provide a national solution for a broken immigration system. The bill was filed after three Kansas communities passed ordinances to provide local identification cards for immigrants and other residents, and to prevent counties from helping the federal government enforce immigration laws unless public safety is threatened.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – On Tuesday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed legislation to make abortion illegal in his state. Under the new law, performing, or attempting to perform an abortion is a felony punishable by a maximum fine of $100,000, up to 10 years in prison, or both. The mother would not be held criminally liable. There’s no exception in cases of rape and incest, only if there’s a medical emergency. Governor Stitt says he knows this law will be challenged in court. Even so he plans to sign every piece of pro-life legislation that comes to his desk.  Find out more about this bill and when it takes effect here.

JOPLIN, Mo.- Jasper County prosecutors charge a man for allegedly assaulting two people and leading police on a chase. Authorities say on Saturday, 27-year-old Marc Thomas of Joplin assaulted his elderly roommates, stole their vehicle, and began driving erratically in a Walmart parking lot. Police responded and gave chase into Duquesne where Thomas crashed into a tree. He then ran to Turkey Creek and tried to swim away but was arrested. Thomas is charged with two counts of Second Degree Domestic Assault, one count of Tampering with a Vehicle, and Resisting Arrest. Find a complete list of charges Thomas faces here.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – Cherokee County, Kansas sheriff’s deputies arrested two people for attempting to steal from a church. One of those people is Zachary Davenport, who was wanted out of Jasper County, Missouri for property damage. On Monday authorities saw Davenport wearing a mask while holding a reciprocating saw near a church van. Davenport noticed the deputies and got back in his car and left. Deputies pulled Davenport and the female driver over and found stolen property and drugs in the car. Both were arrested. Read more about this case here.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: Kindergarteners in Smithville, Missouri are helping incoming students feel at home. The youngest class of kiddos is acting as tour guides during their annual open house. This morning we are asking, how did you help in school? Were you a tour guide, a teacher’s assistant, a tutor, or did you play another role? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and cast your vote on our KOAM InstaPoll @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.

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