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Headlines for Saturday, March 28, 2015

Kansas Ranked 28th in Job Growth

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New federal figures show that Kansas ranked 28th in February among states and the District of Columbia in its percentage of private-sector job growth over the previous year. Seasonally adjusted data released yesterday (FRI) by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that Kansas had 21,000 more residents employed in private-sector, nonfarm jobs in February than in February 2014. That's an increase of nearly 1.9 percent, to 1.15 million. Utah had the nation's best growth rate of more than 4.8 percent. Three neighboring states outperformed Kansas. Colorado experienced growth of 3.7 percent; Texas had 3.6 percent, and Arkansas saw 3 percent. But Kansas did better than Missouri and Oklahoma, which both saw growth of about 1.7 percent.Kansas also outperformed Iowa's 1.4 percent and Nebraska's 1.1 percent.

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Some Kansas Students to Face Financial Aid Cuts

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Students attending public, four-year universities and colleges in Kansas may see cuts in their financial aid due to a legislative action on a program governing school grants. Kansas Board of Regents spokeswoman Breeze Richardson said the grants go to the students, not the institutions themselves. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the clause added to Governor Sam Brownback's request to the Comprehensive Grant program would only leave $2.4 million for students attending public institutions. The clause says that private independent colleges should not receive less than 75 percent or about $13 million of all need-based grants funded by Kansas. The grant program was started in 1998, and funds have traditionally been split evenly between public and private institutions in Kansas. Republican Senator Vicki Schmidt made a motion Wednesday to restore the even allocation of funds, but the amendment failed on a vote of 15-23.

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New Kansas Bill Would Allow Counties to Vote on Liquor Sales

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas bill introduced Wednesday would allow a county's voters to decide if their grocery stores can sell liquor, wine and spirits; and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer. The Hutchinson News reports that the bill introduced Wednesday would allow a county's board of commissioners to submit a ballot to voters in the general election about the sale of beer and liquor. If the commission does not pass a resolution to submit a ballot, then citizens may petition for an election. A spokeswoman for Uncork Kansas, a group that believes that Kansas's liquor laws are outdated, says the bill has merit. The general counsel and director of legislative services for the Kansas Association of Counties said the group supports local control, but that it will take a neutral stance on the bill until it can be reviewed.

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Man Pleads Not Guilty in KC Jewish Site Killings

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri white supremacist has pleaded not guilty to charges that he gunned down three people last year at Jewish sites in the Kansas City area. Seventy-four-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller entered the pleas yesterday (FRI) during a court appearance in Johnson County, Kansas. He was ordered earlier this month to stand trial on charges of capital murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, and one count each of aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a weapon at a structure. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if Miller is convicted. Miller has said he felt a duty to kill Jews before his death, which he believed to be imminent because he suffers from emphysema. A judge yesterday (FRI) denied Miller's request for Internet access while he's jailed awaiting trial.hich he believed to be imminent because he suffers from emphysema. A judge yesterday (FRI) denied Miller's request for Internet access while he's jailed awaiting trial.

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Haskell Festivities Cancelled

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A four-day event has been cancelled at Haskell Indian Nations University. The Haskell Resurgence event was intended to be a way for students to brush up on their school's mission before a reaccreditation site visit. Event committee member Diane DuBray says rules governing Haskell's use of money meant no school funding could be provided for the student-organized endeavor.  Students accepted donations through an online fundraising site, but were unable to raise the money needed to hold the event.

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