AP-KS--Kansas News Preview, KS

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Good morning. Below is a preview of the AP's expected report for Kansas for Thursday AMs.

Information in this preview is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

The supervisor is Margaret Stafford, followed by Dana Fields. They can be reached in the Kansas City bureau at 800-852-4844 or 816-421-4844. Other key numbers:

Topeka bureau: 785-608-5060

Wichita bureau: 316-204-0521

Technical assistance: 800-266-6752

Please remember that the strength of your Kansas AP report depends upon your story and photo contributions.

THURSDAY AMs PREVIEW:

KANSAS ELECTION

TOPEKA, Kan. — A case from Reno County raises new questions about a legal dispute between Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and one of his strongest critics over releasing voter names to candidates. The Republican secretary of state was preparing to argue in federal court Wednesday that Democratic state Rep. Ann Mah of Topeka and her GOP challenger shouldn't be allowed to contact voters casting provisional ballots in last week's election.

WIND TAX CREDIT

UNDATED — The fate of a tax credit that advocates say is needed to maintain tens of thousands of wind energy jobs will be decided during high-stakes, last-minute negotiations between President Obama and House Republicans over fiscal issues, officials said Tuesday. The wind energy production tax credit is due to expire at the end of the year. Its extension stalled in Congress this summer amid fierce opposition from some conservative House Republicans. The last chance to extend the measure is in the budget deal that will be cut between Obama and Republicans in the lame duck session of Congress. By Nicholas Riccardi And Jeff Barnard.

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HIGHWAY PROJECTS

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas residents will soon learn which major transportation projects the state plans to begin in the next two years. Officials of the Kansas Department of Transportation scheduled a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Topeka to announce the list of projects. Will be updated after 1:30 p.m. announcement.

SCHOOLS-SCIENCE INSTRUCTION

TOPEKA, Kan. — A new report says elementary schools in Kansas and surrounding states have reduced, or even eliminated, science education in recent years to emphasize reading and math. The Kansas State Board of Education was told Tuesday that one in five elementary teachers in Kansas and surrounding states are recording science grades even when they don't teach the subject.

ALREADY MOVED:

— GANG MEMBER-PLEA — A member of a Dodge City street gang pleaded guilty to assaulting people he thought were members of a rival gang.

— STABBING DEATH-PLEA — A man who stabbed his girlfriend to death after the couple was evicted from a hotel pleaded no contest in her killing.

— TIGERS-ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION — The odds are long but hopes are high at the Sedgwick County Zoo that two female tigers will give birth about four months from now.

— KANSAS CROPS — The emerging winter wheat crop is now blanketing fields across Kansas.

The AP, Kansas City

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