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Top Morning News 11.20.12


Group to protest Kobach policies in support of DREAM Act; Larned State Hospital names new director; Kansas Wheat crop suffers from another dry week.

National Group To Protest Kobach Policies

Opponents of immigration policies favored by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are calling for his resignation.

A group called the DREAM Act Coalition expects up to 75 people from around the country to join with others at an anti-Kobach rally Tuesday at a Topeka state office building.

The DREAM Act would create a citizenship path for residents who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Kobach is a Republican and former law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has helped shape immigration policies around the country, and continues to litigate immigration issues in other states while serving in his Kansas position.

The coalition says part of its message to Kobach is that the Republican Party's views on immigration have alienated Hispanic voters.

Kinlin Named To Head Larned State Hospital

The interim superintendent of Larned State Hospital has been given the position on a permanent basis.


October Kansas Jobless Rate Falls To 5.7 Percent

A new report says the Kansas unemployment rate continues to decline. The state Labor Department said Monday that unemployment fell to 5.7 percent in October from 5.9 percent in September.

Last month's figure is also down sharply from a seasonally adjusted 6.6 percent in October 2011. September's figure marked the first time since December 2008 that Kansas unemployment was below 6 percent.

Interim Labor Secretary Lana Gordon says she's encouraged by the latest report. But a Labor Department economist says the slow pace of seasonal hiring shows a tentativeness in the economy.

Court Staffer Fired For Tweets Sent During Kline Hearing

A court staffer has been fired after tweeting disparaging comments during an ethics hearing at the Kansas Supreme Court.

The staffer sent the tweets last week during a hearing over conduct by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline.


Another Dry Week Stresses Emerging Kansas Wheat Crop

The government's weekly snapshot of Kansas crops shows nearly a quarter of the emerging winter wheat faring poorly.

Monday's report from the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service notes the state continues to receive only scant moisture.

The agency says only 13 of 53 reporting stations recorded any precipitation last week, and most of those got only a trace.