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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Former state lawmaker Mark Hutton has officially entered the race for the Republican nomination for Kansas governor. Hutton, who founded Hutton Construction, said during an announcement Monday that state government under Gov. Sam Brownback is "broken." His candidacy was expected and he's been raising money for the race since August.

WICHITAS, Kan. (AP) - Business, civic and state leaders says Kansas needs to quickly address a severe shortage of employees with the skills needed to fill jobs in technical industries. Kansas Department of Labor data say the state had 45,000 job vacancies in 2016 _ more than the entire population of Hutchinson.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A recent report says women faculty members are still in the minority at the University of Kansas, where they're also twice as likely to resign from their posts as male colleagues. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that university economics professor Donna Ginther headed the committee tasked with investigating and identifying potential gender inequities among students, staff and faculty. The report found that just 35 percent of the university's tenured or tenure-track faculty members are women.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Highway Patrol says a man who died after being hit by a car in Topeka was trying to cross two lanes of traffic on a highway to collect cans. The patrol says 85-year-old Jack Streeter, of Grantville, was struck Monday morning on U.S. 24. Streeter was trying to get a median in the four-lane highway to collect cans when he was hit.

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