Top Morning News 11.19.12

Nov 19, 2012

Kansas jobless rate due out today; Judge says Kansas doctor does not have to post bond in abortion case; Childhood poverty task force is expected to meet today.

October Kansas Jobless Rate Due Monday

The Kansas Department of Labor is preparing to release a fresh look at the state's economy.

The agency says its report on October's unemployment rate will be announced Monday. The state's jobless rate has been on the way down recently, falling to 5.9 percent in September from 6.2 percent in August and 6.7 percent in September 2011.

September's figure marked the first time since December 2008 that Kansas unemployment was below 6 percent.

Judge: No Bond For KS Doctor In Abortion Case

A Kansas doctor won't have to post a bond while appealing the revocation of her medical license over referrals of patients to the late Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions.


Child Poverty Task Force To Meet

A task force appointed to look for ways to reduce child poverty will meet for the first time Monday in Topeka.

Governor Sam Brownback created the task force to look for ways the state can help reduce the number of Kansas children living in poverty.


Kansas Energy Conference Focuses On Businesses, Jobs

Kansas officials and leaders in the oil and gas industry will gather in Hutchinson next week to give an update on activity in the geologic formation known as the Mississippian Lime Play.

The discussion November 27 is part of a day-long conference. The state Commerce Department says Governor Brownback is among the officials scheduled to take part. A networking session will give small-business owners a chance to meet officials from oil and gas companies and their suppliers.

There will also be a career fair in the afternoon. The event takes place in the Encampment Building at the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

Kansas Names 2013 Teacher Of The Year

A language arts teacher at Andover Middle School has been named the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year. Dyane Smokorowski won the honor during ceremonies Saturday night in Wichita.

As Teacher of the Year, she receives a $4,000 cash award and an educational technology package worth about $11,000. In addition to teaching eighth-graders, Smokorowski works with other teachers across Kansas and the nation to better use technology in their classrooms.