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1 arrested, others cited in Topeka protest against poverty

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - One person was arrested and about 20 others were issued citations in Topeka as they participated in national protests against poverty, racism and other concerns.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the group was cited Monday after they sat in a street and blocked traffic on a downtown street near the state Capitol, although the Legislature is not in session.

More than 20 Topeka police and Kansas Highway Patrol officers watched the protest and eventually issued orders to disperse.

Earlier in the day, more than 200 people joined clergy and activists from across Kansas to protest as part of the Poor People's Campaign, a 30-state, six-week program.

Kara Courtney, a minister from Wichita, says the state's decision not to expand Medicaid is placing low-income working people at risk in Kansas.

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