Rain continues to dominate forecast

Widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms will overspread eastern Kansas into western Missouri this morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Much of this activity will gradually weaken as it progresses eastward, the weather service said.

Additional thunderstorms may develop later this afternoon, according to the weather service. The risk for severe weather today is low, according to the weather service.

Today’s high will be near 73, and a south wind will be from 15 to 21 mph, gusting as high as 29 mph.

Additional rounds of thunderstorms are expected Thursday into the weekend, the weather service said.

Some of these storms will have the potential to be strong to severe, forecasters said.

Thursday, the high will be near 78, with south southwest winds of 16 to 18 mph, gusting as high as 26 mph, the weather service said. The chance of rain is 50 percent. Showers and thunderstorms also are likely Thursday night.

On Friday, the high will be near 74, with calm winds becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon, according to the weather service. There is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Friday night, a Kansas Speedway race is scheduled in Kansas City, Kan., and there is a 60 percent chance of precipitation, with a low of 61, the weather service said.

Saturday night, another NASCAR race is scheduled at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., and there is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the weather service. Saturday’s high will be near 72, and Saturday night’s low will be around 63.

The greatest severe weather potential will exist on Sunday, with all forms of severe weather possible, according to the weather service. There is a 50 percent chance of storms and rain on Sunday, with a high near 76, according to the weather service.

Several Wyandotte County students to graduate from Emporia State

Several Wyandotte County students are among more than 1,000 candidates for graduation at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan.

Undergraduate commencement ceremonies are at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at the William L. White auditorium, Emporia. Graduate ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. at Albert Taylor Hall in Plumb Hall on the Emporia State campus.

Candidates for degrees from this area include:

Mark A. McVay of Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science degree in Educational Administration with a concentration in educational administration pre K-12.
Rachelle Leigh Thoman of Bonner Springs, Kan., Master of Library Science degree with a concentration in librarianship for children-young adults.
Kayla Irene Daniels of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with a concentration in public relations.
Joshua Denzell Wallace of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with a concentration in public relations.
Ashley Nicole Washington of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with a minor in ethnic gender studies and a concentration in relational communication.
Shannon Dale Callahan of Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science degree in Master Teacher with a concentration in subject matter concentration-elementary.
Erickia Rashondra Grant of Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science degree in Master Teacher with a concentration in subject matter concentration-elementary.
Emily J. McDonnell of Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science degree in Special Education with a concentration in teaching of gifted.
Lacy Janae McIntosh of Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science degree in Special Education with a concentration in teaching of gifted.
Tayler Brionne Wash of Kansas City, Kan., magna cum laude, Bachelor of Science in Education degree in elementary education with a minor in leadership.
Kellie L. Cornwell of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Education degree in elementary education.
Juan Jose Reyes of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Education degree in elementary education .
Kaleb Lyle Sauer of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Education degree in elementary education.
Brenda Leigh Mesmer of Bonner Springs, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Education degree in elementary education.
Alexis Renee Gatson of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.
Ashley Diane King of Bonner Springs, Kan., Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree.
Jalessa Latrice Lorick of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree.
Bobby Lee McFarland of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree.
Frederick Michael Avery of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion.
Nikita Lamont Brown of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Tiara Jones of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services Education.
Quinton Okoye La Blance of Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.
Alicia Lee Houston of Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Library Science degree .
Dawn Elizabeth Mackey of Kansas City, Kan., Master of Library Science degree.
Dorcas Scofield of Kansas City, Kan., Master of Library Science degree.
Devon Tschumakow of Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.
Leslie Ann Zimmer of Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.
Catherine J Walsh of Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science degree in Mathematics.

Kansas marks 100,000 applications for concealed carry

Kansas has now received a total of 100,000 applications for concealed carry licensing, according to the state attorney general’s office.

“More than 100,000 Kansans have now chosen to apply for a concealed carry handgun license since the program began in 2006,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. “Our office remains committed to providing an efficient and thorough licensing program going forward.”

As of May 4, there were 89,399 active licenses issued, according to the attorney general’s office.

According to statistics on the attorney general’s website, in Wyandotte County, 3,319 concealed carry licenses have been issued from 2007 through Feb. 28, 2015. In Johnson County, 14,825 concealed carry licenses have been issued. In Leavenworth County, 3,230 concealed carry licenses have been issued.

Sedgwick County (the Wichita area) topped the state with 18,750 concealed carry licenses. Shawnee County (the Topeka area) had 5,865 concealed carry licenses.

Earlier this year, Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a bill eliminating the requirement that Kansans obtain a license in order to carry a concealed firearm, effective July 1. However, the attorney general’s office will continue to administer the licensing program to carry concealed handguns.

“While eligible Kansans will no longer need a license to carry a concealed firearm within the state as of July 1, 2015, there will still be advantages and protections to acquiring a license,” Schmidt said. “For example, the Kansas concealed carry license is currently recognized by 36 other states. Kansans will need the license to carry a concealed handgun in all but a few of those 36 states. Additionally, Kansans who have undergone a background check to obtain a concealed carry license are allowed expedited checks when purchasing firearms.”

Schmidt encouraged all Kansans who intend to carry firearms in this state to pursue training opportunities.

“Regardless of whether Kansans choose to apply for a concealed carry license, I encourage all gun owners to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the many firearm instructors throughout the state to learn about the rights and responsibilities of gun ownership and the safe handling of firearms.”