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.
A Kansas tax consultant told his clients that he worked with Gov. Sam Brownback's office to rid the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals of employees who weren't "taxpayer friendly," but after the governor's office denied the claim, the consultant recanted.
In a July 14 letter obtained by the Topeka Capital-Journal, Jerry Chatam, president of Overland Park-based J.W. Chatam & Associates, told clients that an agreement with the governor's office meant remaining board members wouldn't "present any more problems."
A mile-long walking and biking trail in Pittsburg is among 20 projects in Kansas that will share $11.5 million in federal transportation funding.
The project has an estimated cost of $900,000, and will receive $656,000 from the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program. Troy Graham is the city's director of Planning and Community Services, he says the rest of the money will come from private donors.
Tomorrow is the final day for Kansans to register to vote or update their address before the Kansas primary election on August 5th. As Stephen Koranda reports, there’s also still time to provide missing citizenship documents that are keeping voter registrations from being processed.
Anyone who's registering to vote for the first time in Kansas needs to provide a document proving that they're a U.S. citizen. Andrew Howell is Shawnee County’s election commissioner.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are heading to court again in their battle over Kobach’s attempts to enforce a proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters.
The ACLU hopes a Shawnee County judge will use Friday’s hearing to review its request for a temporary injunction to keep Kobach from imposing a new policy for the state’s Aug. 5 primary elections.
Kobach has said that Kansas residents who register with a national form will be allowed to complete full ballots, but only their votes in congressional races will be counted.
A national gun-control group says it is planning to challenge a Kansas law declaring that the federal government has no authority to regulate guns that are manufactured, sold and kept only in the state.
The Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced Monday that it would file a federal lawsuit against the state law.
The Kansas law was enacted in 2013 and makes it a felony for any U.S. government employee to attempt to enforce a federal regulation or treaty when it comes to Kansas-only firearms, ammunition or accessories.
Visitors with a concealed carry permit can now bring handguns into the Kansas Statehouse. The change took effect this week, and Statehouse security officers have a process in place to determine who's carrying in the Capitol. Stephen Koranda reports.
Visitors with a firearm will need to provide their concealed carry permit and a photo ID. Kansas Capitol Police Officer Stephen Crumpler says staff will screen the person for other weapons and use a system to double-check that the concealed carry permit is valid.
Democratic candidate for Kansas secretary of state has unveiled her proposal to revamp some voter registration rules. Kansas law requires proof of citizenship documents for people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas, and that requirement has put around 19,000 voter registrations on hold. Stephen Koranda reports...