New report shows Ogallala Aquifer is shrinking faster than previously expected…and other headlines: November 13, 2017

A new analysis of data finds the Ogallala Aquifer shrank twice as fast over the past six years as compared with the previous 60. Many farmers rely on it for crops. The United States Geological Survey’s latest report shows the aquifer lost 10.7 million acre-feet of storage between 2013 and 2015. The concern is that irrigators continue to pump more water out of the aquifer than rainfall recharges it.
Civil rights advocates claim Kansas’ approach to implementing a federal law on education equity would fail to promote achievement for thousands of students that the law was meant to protect. The state’s education commissioner says they’re working to improve the academic success of every child, regardless of background. The legislation is aimed at improving graduation rates for minority, poor, and disabled students.
A two year old is dead after a rollover crash in Meade County. The driver of an SUV lost control on a curve on K-23, rolling the vehicle. The toddler was in a car seat but wasn’t buckled up. The other two people in that SUV also didn’t have a seat belt on and were taken to the hospital.
The Kansas Child Welfare Task Force meets tomorrow at the Statehouse. The meeting comes after several lawmakers raised concerns about how state policies are impacting families. A joint legislative budget committee reviewed data showing 44-thousand people have become ineligible for cash assistance under welfare-to-work requirements. At the same time, the number of children in foster care spiked, and a number of officials at the state level are insisting there’s a link between the two.

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