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Mild weather Friday; chance of storms on Saturday

Severe weather is in the forecast for Saturday. (National Weather Service graphic)

Nice weather is forecast for Friday, when there will be a high of 77 with mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service.

But Saturday will see the chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, the weather service said. The main threat with the storms will be damaging winds.

Heavy rain will be possible Saturday, with between 1 and 2 inches forecast for Wyandotte County, according to the weather service.

There could be minor flooding along rivers in the region, as well as flash flooding in low-lying and flood-prone areas, the weather service said.

Today, there may be some high winds of 6 to 15 mph, gusting to 23 mph, according to the weather service.

Tonight, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m., with a low of 64, the weather service said. A south wind of 13 to 21 mph will gust as high as 30 mph.

Saturday, there is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m., the weather service said. There will be a high near 76 with a south wind of 13 to 16 mph, gusting to 31 mph. Expect from a tenth to a quarter-inch of rain during the day.

Saturday night, there is a 90 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 50, with a south southwest wind of 6 to 8 mph becoming north northwest after midnight. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain are in the forecast.

Sunday, it will be partly sunny with a high near 67 and a northwest wind of 7 mph, the weather service said.

Sunday night, the low will be around 46 with mostly clear skies, according to the weather service.

Monday, expect sunny skies and a high near 70, the weather service said.

Monday night, the low will be 47 with mostly clear skies, according to the weather service.

For more information, visit www.weather.gov.

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Enrollment decline means $12 million budget revision for K-State

by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service

Kansas State University is scaling back this year’s budget by millions of dollars after about 1,000 fewer students enrolled this fall compared to the previous year, creating a budget crunch.

The steep drop in tuition revenue is prompting the school to pull back a combined $12 million from its academic and administrative units. The university may adjust that amount later depending on spring enrollment.

In a letter to the K-State community, a university administrator said notice of the cuts has gone out to the university’s deans and other unit heads.

“Kansas State University is working to address the enrollment and budget situation,” wrote Cindy Bontrager, vice president for administration and finance.

The university plans to evaluate its budget process and hire a consultant to review enrollment strategies with the goal of attracting more students.

Brian Lindshield, president of the K-State Faculty Senate and an associate professor in the College of Human Ecology, said Wednesday on KCUR’s “Up To Date” that record student enrollment in recent years may have led university officials to pay less attention to risks that the tide might change.

“In about 2014 we had so much enrollment that we were putting students in hotels, and we had concerns over how we were going to handle it and about the quality of the experience we were providing,” Lindshield said. “I think that that led us to not be as focused, you know, maybe on this changing demographic and other sorts of pressures that were going to come.”

With an enrollment drop near 4 percent, K-State experienced the biggest decline this year among the six state universities. The K-State Collegian reported that it is the university’s steepest drop in three decades.

The Collegian revealed the impending budget cuts in an article published Monday, quoting Amit Chakrabarti, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, as saying the midyear financial loss would “decimate” his college.

Celia Llopis-Jepsen is a reporter for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, KMUW and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. You can reach her on Twitter @Celia_LJ. Kansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to kcur.org.

See more at http://kcur.org/post/enrollment-decline-means-12-million-budget-revision-k-state.

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Candidate forums planned Friday and Tuesday

Unity with Purpose and Forum Partners is sponsoring two candidate forums.

One will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Blessed Sacrament Family Center gym, 2215 Parallel, Kansas City, Kansas.

Another candidate forum will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at New Bethel Church Haven Center, 735 Walker Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

The general election is Nov. 7.

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