The Kansas Department of Labor says the number of job vacancies increased during the second quarter of 2012 when compared with a year earlier.
The report released Wednesday found an estimated 36,000 vacancies from April to June, a 17.3 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011.
During the quarter, Kansas averaged a little over 88,700 unemployed workers. That meant about 2.5 workers for every job vacancy, which was an improvement from 2011, when there were 3.2 unemployed workers for every job opening.
The president of a tea party group in Wichita yesterday questioned whether a former Democratic legislator who’s running again for the Kansas House lives at the address he lists as his home, a concern the ex-lawmaker dismissed as “crazy.”
Craig Gabel, president of Kansans for Liberty, said interviews with neighbors and other information gathered by the group suggest that no one lives at the address listed by former Representative Tom Sawyer when he filed for office in June.
Although Martin Amis’s new novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England, has received mixed reviews, it would be hard to argue that it lacks vividly drawn characters, a compelling storyline, or distinctive prose. Perhaps the legitimate complaint is that the title character, Lionel Asbo, falls a bit short on charm.
Some advocates hope allegations of misdeeds at a state women’s prison will prompt improvements at the facility.
In a letter last week, the U.S. Justice Department alleged sexual abuse by staff and other misconduct at the Topeka Correctional Facility.
Audra Fullerton, with the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, says the group works with officials at the prison. She says there have been improvements at the facility, but there are other steps she’d like them to take.