(Developing: Will be updated)
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday denied Attorney General Derek Schmidt's request to take up the legal dispute over the state's new congressional maps, which critics say were drawn to help Republicans at the expense of minority voters.
The court found that the attorney general's request to intervene in lawsuits filed in Wyandotte and Douglas counties was not ripe because the district judges hadn't yet ruled on the matter. The cases will be heard in lower court.
"This court does not have discretion to reach the merits of such a claim simply . . .