Top Of The Morning News: July 10, 2013 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: July 10, 2013

Jul 10, 2013

The Kan. Board of Education requests a $600 million funding crease from lawmakers.  Ikea starts construction in Merriam.  Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon signs legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns and changing rules for mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Kansas Board Of Education Requests Funding Increase

The Kansas State Board of Education will be asking lawmakers to increase school funding by more than $600 million in the coming fiscal year. That would be an increase of more than 20 percent.  More than $400 million would go to the base state aid per student that is paid to districts.

Street naming Dispute Ends As Ikea Construction Begins In Merriam

IKEA has started construction at its newest site, along the I-35 corridor in Merriam, Kan.  The Swedish retailer is billing itself as a destination attraction and promises 300 permanent jobs.  Five hundred construction jobs are expected in the 18 months to build the complex.

Nixon Signs Legislation About Children

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns, requiring screening for a heart defect and dealing with mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Critics of Common Core Standards Blast Testing

Common Core educational standards were once again a topic at Tuesday’s meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education. Opponents are targeting the standardized tests used in meeting Common Core Requirements. But supporters say some assessments are already given on computers, so schools have most of the technology in place.

Kansas Gives Arts Grants To Eight Organizations

Eight arts groups, including one in Olathe, will receive funding from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. This marks the first round of grants from the organization that rose from the ashes of the former state arts agency.

After A City Life, Retiring To The Farm

It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.  Retiring to the farm is fairly rare. Only 12 percent of beginning farmers are over the age of 65, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.