A commission will be working over the coming months to look for possible ways Kansas schools could more efficiently use tax dollars. The group is made up of former lawmakers, education officials and members of advocacy groups like the Kansas Policy Institute.
Those on the commission don't always see eye-to-eye on education issues.
The group elected former advertising executive and Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission. He says he'll be working to get everyone on the same page.
Tomorrow marks the final day of business for two Dillons grocery stores in Wichita. According to the company, the stores have been underperforming for a number of years. Their absence could add to a problem that already exists in the city - an increasing number of what are called “food deserts.” Food deserts are low-income neighborhoods which have little access to fresh, affordable food.
Kansas health officials have issued warnings for seven lakes around the state because of toxic algae.
The KDHE said Thursday that high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been found at Chisolm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County, Marion Reservoir, Memorial Park Lake in Barton County, Milford Reservoir in Clay, Geary and Dickinson counties, Jewell State Fishing Lake, Lake Warnock in Atchison County and South Park Lake in Johnson County.
Warnings mean water conditions aren't safe for direct contact and that wading, skiing and swimming should be prohibited.
Kansas saw its unemployment rate inch up to 4.9 percent in June, though the state also experienced modest, over-the-year growth in private-sector jobs.
The Kansas Department of Labor reported Thursday that the seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose from 4.8 percent in May. However, June's figure still was significantly better than the 5.6 percent recorded in June of last year.
The department also said the number of nonfarm, private-sector jobs grew by about 1.3 percent in June, compared with June of 2013. Nearly 1.13 million Kansans held such jobs.