Politics

Abortion foes plan changes for Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas

Anti-abortion leaders are promising to pursue a change in the Kansas Constitution if the state's highest court rules that the document protects abortion rights.On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the procedure. 

Federal shutdown delays Oklahoma road contracts

Oklahoma is delaying contracts for new road and bridge contracts because of uncertainty over federal funding for transportation projects amid the partial federal government shutdown.    Transportation officials in Oklahoma this week announced plans to delay bids on 45 new highway projects worth about $137 million.    Other states are preparing for that possibility if the shutdown continues, especially those that receive a large share of their highway money from the federal...