The city of Wichita plans to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Suhani Bhakta, a 12-year-old girl who was hit and killed by a police patrol car in Feb. 2012.
A Kansas Highway Patrol investigation verified that the officer was speeding in a 30 mph zone and was not using lights or a siren when the accident occurred. The officer hit Bhakta as she ran across a road near her home. Police said the officer was following policy at the time and that a sports utility vehicle may have obstructed his view.
Despite that, the state also saw modest growth in private-sector jobs over the past year.
The Kansas Department of Labor says the jobless rate stood at 5.7 percent last month, up from 5.6 percent in April but down from 6.1 percent in May 2012. The report also says private companies employed about 14,400 more workers last month than in May 2012, an increase of 1.3 percent.
The latest snapshot of the Kansas winter wheat harvest says while farmers are waiting for fields to dry in south-central Kansas, harvest activity is moving slowly.
The industry trade group Kansas Wheat reported Thursday that the Mid Kansas Co-op in Galva began taking in wheat Wednesday night. Test weights have been averaging about 60 lbs., but it's too early to estimate yields or make comparisons to last year's crop.