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Kansas formally joins lawsuit challenging endangered species listing

On Tuesday, Kansas  formally joined an Oklahoma-led lawsuit challenging the process by which a federal agency decided to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Governor Sam Brownback had announced last Friday that Kansas would be joining the suit.
Schmidt filed papers in federal district court in Tulsa, Okla., for Kansas to join Oklahoma in the suit. North Dakota also joined in support of the litigation.
The suit challenges the use of a process, often called “sue and settle,” by which private interest groups can sue federal agencies and then enter into consent decrees ...


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