Hep C, Voter ID, NCLB, Jobless Rate
7:04 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Top Morning News 7/23/12

460 Patients at Hays Medical Center Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis C

Hays Medical Center and state health officials are trying to reach 460 people who may have been exposed to Hepatitis C two years ago.

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NYU Study: Voter ID Laws Could Affect KS Voters

A new study says thousands of potential voters in Kansas could encounter trouble getting required government-issued photo identification.

The study from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law says voters in Kansas and nine other states with “unprecedented restrictive voter ID laws” will have trouble getting required identification because they don’t have access to a vehicle and live more than 10 miles from an office that issues state IDs and is open more than two days a week.

The report also said that downtown Wichita has only one office to serve 160,700 eligible voters, which is eight times the customer base of an average office statewide.


Kansas NCLB Waiver Could Have Unintended Consequences

The No Child Left Behind Act was designed by President George W. Bush’s administration to improve failing schools.

But since its passage, a total of 32 states have now been granted waivers; four others have outstanding requests.

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Kansas Jobless Rate Steady At 6.1 Percent

Kansas labor officials say the state’s job market is showing more positive signs of growth, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 6.1 percent in June.

The rate announced Friday was the same seasonally adjusted figure as in April and May, but better than the 6.8 percent rate of June 2011.

Over the past year, Kansas has added 19,400 private-sector jobs, a 1.8-percent rate of growth. The state added 7,300 jobs since May. Leading the growth were professional and business services, with 10,000 new hires, and manufacturing, with 5,800 new jobs.

An economist described the growth as slow but noted that there are encouraging signs, including an increase in the number of advertised job openings and weekly hours worked.