Kline Looking to Retain JoCo DA's Job

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Phill Kline hopes notoriety from investigating abortion clinics doesn't keep him from remaining Johnson County district attorney.

Kline faces Steve Howe, a former assistant district attorney, in Tuesday's Republican primary. The only Democrat is Rick Guinn, another former assistant DA now working in the attorney general's office.

Republicans appointed Kline in December 2006 to fill a vacancy, and he's seeking a full, four-year term.

He's received national attention because he's filed 107 criminal charges against a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park. But he's tried to persuade voters that he cares about far more than just abortion.

Howe has argued that voters want a professional prosecutor as district attorney.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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