TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas education advocates say they were surprised by a provision added to the 2014 state budget banning the spending of any money to implement the national Common Core standards for math and reading. The provision mirrors language of a bill advanced by conservatives that failed to get out of the House Education Committee earlier in the session.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Faculty members at Kansas State University say they're tired of being paid less than their peers at other institutions. The faculty plans to present the university's administration with a resolution next week. It seeks a moratorium on pay increases for upper administrators, or creation of new administrative positions, until salaries improve for faculty and unclassified professionals.
CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Highway Patrol says a person died after crashing while trying to flee from troopers in central Kansas. The patrol says the driver died Friday evening near Chapman on eastbound Interstate 70 in Dickinson County.
LAKIN, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas farmer says canola could be the answer for those finding it difficult to grow corn and alfalfa in recent drought conditions. Fred Ritsema grows canola in Kearny County and advocates for the winter crop, which he said could be more profitable than wheat. A harvester for Ritsema said canola is already being grown in Texas and will likely find favor in Kansas.
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