TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Gov. Sam Brownback is having a barbecue for Kansas legislators after they open their special session, and he's made sure reporters are invited, too.
Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley says the governor's social get-together for lawmakers is Tuesday evening at Cedar Crest, the governor's official residence.
The invitation to reporters is noteworthy because of private dinners last year at Cedar Crest for members of 13 legislative committees. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor later publicly scolded lawmakers for what he called technical violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
The special session called by Brownback convenes Tuesday morning. Lawmakers are rewriting a law allowing convicted murderers to be sentenced to at least 50 years in prison because a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision raised questions about its constitutionality.
Kansas State's Ryan Mueller and Tyler Lockett earned individual postseason honors from the Big 12 Conference.
The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in the appeals of two brothers sentenced to death for murders committed in December 2000.
A Colorado man has been indicted on charges of robbing a bank in Lawrence, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.