A group known as Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk is demanding charges at the University of Kansas on the heels of racially-charged demonstrations at Missouri. It’s demanding the university hire a director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs within a month and that it ban concealed weapons from campus. More than 1,000 people attended a forum on race Wednesday in Lawrence.
Kansas lawmakers are seeing more money in their checks to pay their living expenses while they’re working in Topeka. The per diem payments rose from $129 a day to $140 on October 1. Their base salary is about $89.
Kansas is holding hearings on proposed changes to services for disabled residents. People with disabilities receive services from seven Medicaid waivers, which are divided based on disability type. The state wants to combine the seven waivers into one. Hearings are being held in Wichita, Kansas City, Hays and Pittsburg.
Kansas environmental regulators have approved a permit for a new hog-feeding complex in Greeley County. It gives Seaboard Foods permission for 120 buildings with room for 132,000 pigs. The operation will generate wastes that conservationists say are equivalent to a city of one million people.
Farm income fell sharply during the third quarter in Midwestern and Western states and farmers cut back on major purchases. The Federal Reserve says agriculture bankers in the region are reviewing their loans to make sure farmers can make payments. But at most banks fewer than five percent of loans had been placed on watch lists at the end of September.