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Students may be able to carry concealed weapons on campus within our years.Currently, signs on campus buildings don’t allow anyone to enter with a weapon. However, a Kansas law that passed earlier this year requires the University to make a choice — add security such as security guards or checkpoints to public campus buildings or allow students and aculty to carry concealed weapons.Yesterday, the Kansas chapter o Young Americans or Liberty (YAL) sponsored an “Empty Holster” project on campus to raise awareness about concealed carry and open carry laws in Kansas. At a town hall meeting last night, Kansas Senator Greg Smith, Kansas Libertarian Party State Director Al erwelp and Mark Rinke o Kansas City Preppers spoke and answered questions about the current laws in Kansas, the status o proposed changes and how they might affect the University.I the University doesn’t allow students to conceal carry, it must implement security checkpoints on campus, which could cost thousands o dollars. Will Stewart-Starks, the Kansas State Chair or YAL, used SA checkpoints as an example o why that option might not be appealing to students. He also explained that there are too many points o entry to campus where people could carry a weapon through.“Tey can set up security, but it’s not going to stop firearms rom entering the campus,” Stewart-Starks said. “It’s an impossible task.”o get a concealed carry license in Kansas, a person who is at least 21 years old must submit an application, pay a ee and go through background checks and a certified training program. Te process o getting a license can take rom 45 to 60 days. In Lawrence, concealed carry is allowed off campus in public buildings.Ofen, constitutional rights are at odds with campus policies, Starks-Stewart said.“I someone violates a first amendment law on a campus, then you have a first amendment lawsuit on your hands,” Stewart-Starks said. “Why is there a double standard or the second amendment?”Te stigma toward concealed carry is that it increases violence. Smith and erwelp said there have been no crimes in Kansas involving licensed concealed carry, which may come as a surprise to some.“We’re dealing with ear — let’s deal with act,” Smith said. “Fear stops a lot o good legislature.”Te goal o the “Empty Holster” project was to start dialogue about the topic and its solutions.“We talked to quite a ew students and most o them actually support it. I was surprised, actually,” said Kendon Brawner, event coordinator or YAL. “When you think o Lawrence and Douglas County and KU in particular, you tend to think they’re...liberal.Stewart-Starks said it’s not a partisan issue on campus.“It’s trading liberties or security,” he said. “I think some students realize that’s important to them.” 
— Edited by Kayla Overbey 
wo student senators are inviting students to meet with them and discuss important issues regarding the University today. Te event will run rom 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., when students who are under 21 can enter Te Wagon Wheel, located at 507 W. 14th St.homas Plummer, a senior rom owanda, and Mitch Rucker, a junior rom Burdett, are hosting a meet-and-greet at Te Wagon Wheel to get to know their classmates a little better and see what areas the Senate can improve on.“Some o the best platorms and initiatives come rom talking to the students who aren’t super involved,” Plummer said. “Sometimes they can kind o see through areas that we are blind to with us being so involved in senate.”Plummer has been involved with Student Senate and KUnited or our years, and represents  juniors and seniors in the College o Liberal Arts and Sciences. He currently serves as vice president o the University Senate as well as president o the KU Memorial Unions board and previously served as Student Senate Chie o Staff.“Really, the goal is to see what they want to know,” Plummer said. “Tis year, with so many big issues like the coalition resolution, I eel like a lot o people may be curious about those things and want to talk to someone who has run with KUnited three times, and talk about pros and cons and things o that nature.”Mitch Rucker is in his third year on Student Senate and has not been affiliated with a coalition. He represents the reshman and sophomore classes in the College o Liberal Arts and Science and is also the Chair o the Student Saety Advisory Board.“I hope this a way to bridge that gap,” he said. “Tere’s no such thing as too much student input, and that’s who we’re here to work or, so the more they get involved and the more they discuss, the better.”
— Edited by Chas Strobel 
As people begin to value sharing their images in ast, convenient ways, the era o digital cameras is on the verge o extinction. Digital cameras could completely disappear within the next ten years. Look in your pocket, purse, backpack, or the palm o your hand. According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Lie project, 80 percent o adults age 18-34 own smartphones. Smartphones are replacing the need or separate cameras. Consumer digital camera sales are down 36 percent this year alone. Research rom EOSHD.com says smartphones are the biggest cause or the decline. Daniel Coburn, an assistant photo media proessor at the University, said advanced technology is going to be the death o digital single-lens reflexes (DSLRs).“In my opinion, non-proessional grade cameras will ultimately disappear and be replaced with mirrorless digital cameras,” said Coburn.Coburn explained that since so many amateur photographers are documenting their daily lives with their phones, new technology has been created to convert smartphones into more developed devices.Becca Levine, a sophomore rom St. Louis, is one o many typical smartphone users who never has to worry about not being able to capture a picturesque moment when out with her riends. “All I need is something to be able to capture moments with my riends and amily, and editing photos into collages is much easier on my phone,” Levine said.Te high quality o photos taken on smartphones is causing even more problems or digital camera producers such as Sony, Nikon and Canon. With a 10 to 15 percent decline in DSLR shipments around the world, studies rom the market intelligence firm International Data Corporation predict that Nikon will be out o business within the next five years. As alarming as this may seem, consumers are becoming more inclined to snap a photo with their smartphones opposed to lugging around a bulky second device.“I have a really nice Samsung digital camera and I never use it. Even when I went abroad, I usually used my phone because it was easier to carry with me,” said Leah Swartz, a senior rom Santa Monica, Cali. Sam Benson, a sophomore rom Overland Park, agreed. “Phone cameras are becoming better and better, and I’d rather spend money on a really nice in-phone application or photos than buy a camera to achieve the same recreational result,” Benson said. “For the most part, I take photos o my riends and scenery — something I find smartphone cameras to excel at.”
— Edited by Emma McElhaney 
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Will Stewart-Starks (right), Kansas State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty, advocated concealed carry on campus over security guards. Changes to campus security policies must be made within the next four years.
University to choose between concealed carry or heightened security measures
“We’re dealing with fear — let’s deal with fact.”
GREG SMITHKansas senator
Smartphones are replacing the need for digital cameras. Camera sales are down 36 percent this year, in large part due to the fact that consumers are increasingly relying on smartphones to take photos.
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SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman's girlriend said he tried to choke her about a week ago during an altercation that was not initially reported to police, a prosecutor told a judge uesday during Zimmerman's first court appearance on domestic  violence-related charges.Samantha Scheibe eared or her lie because Zimmerman mentioned suicide and said he "had nothing to lose," according to Assistant State Attorney Lymary Munoz.Afer the hearing, Zimmerman's public deenders said he did not appear to be suicidal and expressed confidence he would be acquitted o any wrongdoing.Hours later, Zimmerman was released rom jail afer posting $9,000 bond. He was seen walking out o the jail smiling and getting into a car.Judge Frederic Schott ordered him to stay away rom Scheibe's house, wear a monitoring device and rerain rom contact with her. He was orbidden rom possessing guns or ammunition or travelling outside Florida.Zimmerman has been charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree elony punishable by up to five years in prison. He also has been charged with battery and criminal mischie, both misdemeanors. An arraignment was set or Jan. 7.Te judge said Zimmerman's previous brushes with the law were not a actor in the conditions he imposed, but he did cite the new allegation o choking as a reason or the bond amount.Earlier this year, Zimmerman was acquitted o all charges in the atal shooting o teenager rayvon Martin in a case that drew worldwide attention.In an affidavit filed uesday, Zimmerman asked or a public deense, saying he has liabilities and debts o at least $2 million and no income. He said he had less than $150 in cash on hand.University unding may all under siege in the coming months as the Kansas Supreme Court decides whether school districts across the state were unairly shorted o unding over the past ew years in the Gannon vs. Kansas case.I the court finds the districts in the right, the hammer could come down on the University and other public higher education institutions.Dr. Richard Levy, J.B. Smith distinguished proessor o law at the University, explained the possible complicated outcomes o the case.“We only have a finite amount o resources, so resources devoted to one kind o activity are not available or another,” Levy said. “I there’s a substantial drain in unds, then it’s probably likely there’s less available or university unding.”On the line is $500 million — that’s how much the districts are claiming they were undercut when the state distributed unding.“I the state were to lose, one response would be to dey the court, weakening the power o the courts,” Levy said. “What I care about most is preservation o the rule o law. I ear that could be a casualty o this situation.”Te range o legislative responses to an undesirable decision that spans rom amending the state’s school finance statutes to impeaching justices. One o the legislature’s options is to simply pay what is owed. However, the source o that money would be hotly debated.It’s not guaranteed that money will be pulled rom universities i the decision displeases the state. Nonetheless, Kansas congressional representatives have urged the University to prepare accordingly.According to the Lawrence Journal-World, Representative Jerry Lunn o Overland Park brought the issue to the University’s attention when he said, “You really do have a horse in this race.” Te fiscal consequences o this case are monumental and the University is not exempt rom the results.I the University is required to ork over the money it normally receives rom the state, the dent could be substantial. Director o Strategic Communication Jack Martin said recent talks with legislators will help the two bodies see eye to eye. “We worked with legislators last month to outline the role state unding plays in the success o the University,” Martin said. “Any cuts made would be in accordance with priority. We would look at what direction the unding is currently going and try to keep these things protected.”Ultimately, the University could be helpless against the cut o the legislative knie. “Te priorities we have are based on the policy that the state makes,” Martin said.Arguments by representatives o the suing districts and the state were made Oct. 8. A final decision is expected sometime beore the next legislative session begins in January, when public school appropriations are decided.Te case eatures University Proessor and Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister representing the state. His contribution could get the state off the multi-million dollar hook — or now. However, this case proves that the issue o state education spending won’t disappear so easily, since it’s an extension o a case that lef off in 2010.
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WASHINGON — A sharp-ly divided Supreme Court on uesday allowed exas to continue enorcing abortion restrictions that opponents say have led more than a third o the state's clinics to stop providing abortions.Te justices voted 5-4 to leave in effect a provision requiring doctors who perorm abortions in clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.Te court's conservative majority reused the plea o Planned Parent-hood and several exas abortion clinics to overturn a preliminary ederal appeals court ruling that allowed the provision to take effect.Te our liberal justices dissent-ed.Te case remains on appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court o Appeals in New Orleans. Tat court is expected to hear arguments in January, and the law will remain in effect at least until then.Justice Stephen Breyer, writing or the liberal justices, said he expects the issue to return to the Supreme Court once the appeals court issues its final ruling.Te exas Legislature approved the requirement or admitting privileges in July.In late October, days beore the provision was to take effect, a trial  judge blocked it, saying it probably is unconstitutional because it puts a "substantial obstacle" in ront o a woman wanting an abortion.But a three-judge appellate panel moved quickly to overrule the judge. Te appeals court said the law was in line with Supreme Court rulings that have allowed or abortion restrictions so long as they do not impose an "undue burden" on a woman's ability to obtain an abortion. Writing or the appeals court, Judge Priscilla Owen noted that the exas law would not end the procedure, only orce women to drive a greater distance to obtain one.Justice Antonin Scalia, writing in support o the high court order uesday, said the clinics could not overcome a heavy legal burden against overruling the appeals court. Te justices may not do so "unless that court clearly and demonstrably erred," Scalia said in an opinion that was joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Tomas.Chie Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy did not write separately or join any opin-ion uesday, but because it takes five votes to overturn the appellate ruling, it is clear that they voted with their conservative colleagues.Planned Parenthood and several exas abortion clinics said in their lawsuit to stop the measure that it would orce more than a third o clinics in the state to stop provid-ing abortions. Afer the appeals court allowed the law to take effect, the groups said that their prediction had come to pass.In their plea to the Supreme Court, they said that "in just the ew short days since the injunction was lifed, over one-third o the a-cilities providing abortions in ex-as have been orced to stop provid-ing that care and others have been orced to drastically reduce the number o patients to whom they are able to provide care. Already, appointments are being canceled and women seeking abortions are being turned away."Breyer said the better course would have been to block the admitting privileges requirement at least until the court issued its final ruling because some women will be unable to obtain abortions. I courts ultimately find the law is invalid, "the harms to the individ-ual women whose rights it restricts while it remains in effect will be permanent," he said.Te five justices and three ap-peals court judges who sided with exas are all Republican appoin-tees. Te our dissenting justices are Democratic appointees. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, who initially blocked the provision, is a Republican appointee.exas Gov. Rick Perry, a Repub-lican, praised the Supreme Court action. "Tis is good news both or the unborn and or the women o exas, who are now better protected rom shoddy abortion providers operating in dangerous conditions. As always, exas will continue doing everything we can to protect the culture o lie in our state," Perry said.Cecile Richards, president o Planned Parenthood Federation o America, said the groups will continue the legal fight:"We will take every step we can to protect the health o exas women. Tis law is blocking women in exas rom getting a sae and legal medical procedure that has been their constitutionally protected right or 40 years. Tis is outra-geous and unacceptable — and also demonstrates why we need stronger ederal protections or women's health. Your rights and your ability to make your own medical decisions should not de-pend on your ZIP code," Richards said.ennessee and Utah are the other states enorcing their laws on ad-mitting privileges. Similar laws are under temporary court injunctions in Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, North Dakota and Wisconsin.In exas, 12 abortion provid-ers say they have attempted to obtain hospital privileges or their doctors, but so ar none o the hospitals have responded to the requests. Tat means those clinics can no longer offer abortions, leaving at most 20 acilities open in a state o 26 million people. All o those acilities are in metropolitan areas, with none in the Rio Grande Valley along the border with Mex-ico. Currently, only six out o 32 abortions clinics in exas qualiy as ambulatory surgical centers, and some have doctors who do not meet the admitting privileges requirement.exas women undergo an average o 80,000 abortions a year.
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WICHIA — Unazed by its counterparts pulling out o Kansas, SandRidge Energy plans to spend $350 million next year to punch an additional 100 hori-zontal wells and build associated inrastructure in the Mississippian Lime ormation in the state, a top executive told Te Associated Press."So just by that number alone you can gauge our interest in the Kansas area," said David Lawler, executive vice president and chie operating officer or the Oklaho-ma City-based firm.His comments in a phone inter- view last week stand in sharp con-trast to Shell Oil Co.'s September announcement that the oil giant would pull up stakes and sell its Kansas assets. Te Shell move was the latest in a litany o major oil exploration companies that have given up on the Kansas side o the Mississippian Lime ormation.Using horizontal drilling and a technique known as hydraulic racturing, or "racking," to coax out oil and natural gas, compa-nies have amassed ortunes rom the porous limestone ormation in northern Oklahoma and had hoped to do the same in southern and western Kansas. But as major oil players moved out, the ocus in the past ew months shifed to the stragglers, such as SandRidge, and the speculation regarding its plans or more than 1 million acres o mineral leases the firm had purchased.SandRidge, which popularized horizontal drilling in the lime or-mation starting in 2010, has 170 producing wells in Kansas.Lawler acknowledged his firm took "a pretty aggressive explo-ration program" when it drilled its first 25 exploration wells in Kansas with mixed results. Some showed really good results — as prolific as wells in Oklahoma — while some did poorly.But afer a shareholder revolt last spring, the company's new management has emphasized improving profitability and scaled back exploration."At this point we are taking a more measured approach and ensuring that we understand all aspects o the area that we are drilling in," he said. "So we are going a little slower than we have in the past because the rock does change rom county to county in Kansas to a greater degree than in Oklahoma."Tere are geological differenc-es between the lime ormation below Oklahoma and Kansas, experts say. Unlike Oklahoma, the ormation on the Kansas side is typically shallower and varies in depth, making it more difficult to find the "sweet spot" where oil can be profitably extracted.SandRidge has had "strong" successes with wells in Barber and Harper counties in south-central Kansas as well as Finney and Hodgeman counties in southwest Kansas, Lawler said. It plans to let some leases go and add leases in more promising areas. Te com-pany expects to operate six rigs in Kansas next year.Shell halted its Kansas explor-atory drilling program in May and has put its 625,000 acres o mineral leases in Kansas up or sale, the company said."While Kansas has potential, other opportunities within the Shell portolio provided more growth opportunities," Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon wrote in an email.SandRidge contends that with its lower overhead, it can more efficiently develop its assets in the ormation than oil giants like Shell."We have been doing very well in that same area and we have the same type o data that Shell has," Lawler said. "We see opportunity across all o Kansas."
SandRidge plans to drill 100 Kansas wells in 2014 
A SandRidge Energy rig pumps oil near Anthony. SandRidge Energy said it plans to spend $350 million in 2014 to punch an additional 100 horizontal wells and build associated infrastructure in the Mississippian Lime formation in Kansas.
“We will take every step we can to protect the health of Texas women.”
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Supreme Court refuses to block Texas abortion law
Phil Thiltrickett, an opponent of abortion, prays outside a Planned Parenthood Clinic on Oct. 29 in San Antonio. A federal appeals court judge is considering whether to grant an emergency appeal that would allow the state to enforce a law that could shut down a dozen abortion clinics in Texas.
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