Top Morning News 11.29.12
KS election results to be certified; Politicos gather at Washburn U to discuss 2012 election; K-State researchers mapping the genome of wheat.
Kansas Officials To Certify Election Results
Kansas officials are preparing to certify results from this month's general election. The State Board of Canvassers scheduled a meeting Thursday to review totals from races for congressional, legislative and other state offices.
The board is led by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Governor Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt also are members, though they can send representatives rather than attending themselves. All are Republicans.
The meeting comes amid a debate over a new Kansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
Political Watchers To Gather At Washburn, Discuss 2012 Election
Political science professors from around Kansas will gather Thursday to discuss the 2012 election. Washburn University in Topeka is hosting the meeting, which will focus on the campaign and the election results.
K-State Scientists Help Identify Wheat Gene
Two scientists at Kansas State University are part of an international team of researchers breaking the genetic code of wheat.
Judge Sets Hearing Over Meatpacking Settlement
A federal judge has set a hearing over a proposed class action settlement in a lawsuit by workers against the Creekstone Farms slaughterhouse in Arkansas City.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren Wednesday set a fairness hearing on the motion for approval for December 17 at the federal courthouse in Topeka.
The lawsuit alleged that Creekstone failed to pay employees for all of the time they worked. Creekstone Farms said it paid for all time worked, including overtime.
Under the proposed $195,000 settlement, about $110,000 would be split among the 144 class members. The amount paid each worker would be based on how many overtime weeks the employee worked during the three-year claim period. Most of the rest of the money would go to the employees' attorneys.