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Kansas congressional map ruled constitutional

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The Kansas Supreme Court will allow the Republican-drawn redistricting map to stand, even though its opponents said it was racially and politically gerrymandered. Plus, after generations of protecting their amateur status, college athletes are now cashing in on endorsements.

The Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a congressional map that Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, had refused to sign. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the new redistricting plan over Kelly’s veto, and a coalition of civil rights groups and Democrats objected in state court.

A lower court found that the map was racially and politically gerrymandered, but the state Supreme Court disagreed, saying the map does not violate the state constitution. KCUR's Brian Ellison spoke with Dylan Lysen, who has been following the case for the Kansas News Service.

Even though college athletes are not playing for pay, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year said the NCAA can’t stop them from cashing in on endorsements. As Greg Echlin reports, some star athletes are already making big money.

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