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The right lane of southbound K-7 at Kansas Avenue is now open to all traffic, after a fuel spill closed a lane.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, the fuel spill on K-7 has been removed and the traffic incident was cleared.

The right lane at eastbound I-70 at 7th Street, where there was another fuel spill, was cleaned up and reopened shortly before 5 p.m.

The right lane and shoulder of southbound K-7 at Kansas Avenue was closed at 3 p.m. Tuesday because of a fuel spill, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Also closed at 3 p.m. Tuesday was the right lane of eastbound I-70 at 7th Street, because of a fuel spill.

Cleanup is underway at both sites, with sand and product absorbing the spill.

There is no access to K-7 for eastbound Kansas Avenue traffic at this time.

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In the wake of two conflicting federal appeals court rulings today, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the state would continue with litigation as it goes forward to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Today’s rulings move this important legal dispute one step closer to final resolution. Our interest is to ensure the IRS follows the law and Kansas obtains the benefit it anticipated when state policy makers chose not to establish a state-run health insurance exchange,” Schmidt said in the statement. “Congress might not have expected so many states to decline to establish an exchange under the Affordable Care Act, but that misjudgment cannot justify allowing the IRS to effectively rewrite the statute to satisfy policy and political objectives. We will continue to represent the state’s interest as this litigation proceeds to its next stage, perhaps ultimately to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

In Halbig v. Burwell, No. 14-5018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the IRS rules implementing the federal subsidies and employer mandate in states that opted not to set up a state-based exchange. In King v. Burwell, No. 14-1158, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the same IRS rules.

Attorney General Schmidt led briefs in support of the plaintiffs in both cases in February. The plaintiffs in the Halbig case included Community National Bank, based in Seneca.

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