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VOTER REGISTRATION PROBLEMS

Advocates seeking people with voter problems

(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - League of Women Voters chapters are trying to contact about 20,000 Kansas residents whose voter registrations are stalled because of problems proving their citizenship.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the president of the Lawrence-Douglas County chapter says the work is slow because many of the potential voters do not answer telephone messages or emails from the organization.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach contends it is easy for residents to prove their citizenship before voting. He says the law is necessary to prevent illegal immigrants from voting.

Dolores Furtado, president of the League of Women Voters of Kansas, said the chapters are using various methods to help local election commissioners reach people whose registrations aren't complete.

MIDWEST ECONOMY

Report: Midwest economic index inched up in August

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states rose slightly in August, suggesting growth is ahead.

A survey report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index inched up to 57.2 last month from 57.0 in July. The index had reached a three-year high of 60.6 in June.

Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall index climbed to 60.4 from 60.0 in July. It had hit 63.6 in June.

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers at Creighton University say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

GENDER CRASH DIFFERENCES

Study: Gender linked to type of traffic crash

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas State University study says gender could affect the likelihood of young drivers being involved in different types of crashes.

For the study, a civil engineering professor and doctoral student looked at five years of Kansas accidents involving 16- to 24-year-old drivers.

Their findings include that young female drivers had more crashes at intersections and collisions with pedestrians. They also found that young male drivers had more off-road crashes and accidents at sunset.

The researchers said they hoped the study would be used to help develop more targeted educational materials.

The findings were published in the Journal of Safety Research. The research is part of a larger Kansas Department of Transportation study about improving highway safety of young drivers.

HIGHWAY PATROL-SURVEY

Survey: Highway workers loyal, but dissatisfied

(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A survey of Kansas Highway Patrol employees found a high degree of loyalty to the organization but strong frustration with management.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the $20,000 study was done by University of Kansas researches and was prompted by complaints of weak morale in the organization.

About 83 percent of those surveyed said they cared about the fate of the organization and nearly 70 percent said they felt loyalty to the agency. But more than two-thirds said they didn't believe the highway patrol's management consistently enforced disciplinary procedures for all workers.

The highway patrol's superintendent says two-thirds of civilian and uniform personnel volunteered for the survey. He says he'd received complaints in the past three years and wanted the review to identify whether the concerns were perceived or real.

HEALTHIER SCHOOL MEALS-GRANTS

Kansas gets $350K to push healthier school meals

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas is receiving nearly $350,000 in federal grants to help schools serve healthier meals and snacks.

The Kansas Department of Education says it will use the money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide training. The state also will take steps to increase participation in the school breakfast program and use gardening as a way to entice students to eat different fruits and vegetables.

Schools also will be able to apply for money to offer staff wellness programs and cooking/tasting activities in the classroom.

ATTORNEY GENERAL'S TOP DEPUTY

Kansas attorney general names new top assistant

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has a new top assistant.

Schmidt announced last week that Jeff Chanay (CHAY'-nee) is the new deputy chief attorney general. Chanay previously led the office's civil litigation division.

Chanay joined the attorney general's staff when Schmidt took office in January 2011. He'd previously had a private law practice in Topeka for 24 years.

As chief deputy, he'll replace John Campbell, who'd also been with Schmidt from the beginning of his tenure but stepped down for health reasons.

Campbell began working in the attorney general's office in 1981, rising to chief deputy in 1995, under Republican Carla Stovall. He worked as the Insurance Department's chief counsel for eight years, starting in 2003, before returning to the attorney general's office in 2011.

STATE FAIR-MUSEUM

Kansas State Fair will showcase new museum

(Information in the following story is from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com)

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - When the Kansas State Fair opens Friday, it will include a new museum honoring a longtime painter and fair fixture who died last year.

The fair's new Lair White House is located on the site of the former home of J.B. Holdren, long known as Bardo the Clown. He was a clown and show painter at the fair for decades before his death in 2013.

The half-million-dollar, two-story Lair White House includes a museum on its ground floor. It was paid for with private funds.

The Hutchinson News reports the first exhibit will be "Year of the Clown," which will showcase Holdren's private collection of carnival artifacts including antique posters, restored carousel horses and Bardo's clown suit from the 1930s.

The fair runs from Friday through Sept. 14.

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