Former state lawmaker Mark Hutton has officially entered the race for the Republican nomination for Kansas governor. Hutton, who founded Hutton Construction, said during an announcement Monday that state government under Gov. Sam Brownback is “broken.” His candidacy was expected and he’s been raising money for the race since August.
Business, civic and state leaders say Kansas needs to quickly address a severe shortage of employees with the skills needed to fill jobs in technical industries. Kansas Department of Labor data say the state had 45,000 job vacancies in 2016 _ more than the entire population of Hutchinson.
The latest government update on Kansas crops shows progress on winter wheat seeding is lagging behind usual for this time of year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports 14 percent of the next year’s crop has now been planted. Normally by this time, Kansas growers have seeded 20 percent of their crop. The agency says about 3 percent of the wheat has now emerged. Corn harvest is also going slower than usual for this late in the season.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says a man who died after being hit by a car in Topeka was trying to cross two lanes of traffic on a highway to collect cans. The patrol says the 85-year old from Grantville was hit Monday morning on U.S. 24. He was trying to get into the median of the four-lane highway to pick up the cans when he was hit.
A recent report says women faculty members are still in the minority at the University of Kansas, where they’re also twice as likely to resign from their posts as male colleagues. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that university economics professor Donna Ginther headed the committee tasked with investigating and identifying potential gender inequities among students, staff and faculty. The report found that just 35 percent of the university’s tenured or tenure-track faculty members are women.