Two Wyandotte County students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Two Wyandotte County students were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society at Kansas State University, Manhattan, recently.

They are Khiana Harris, junior in psychology and anthropology, Kansas City; Kan.; and Xavier Capalla, junior in biology and Spanish, Bonner Springs.

To be eligible for membership to the honor society, a student must be a junior or senior with a grade point average of at least 3.7; students with GPAs of 3.6 to 3.7 may be considered if the level and depth of their course work indicates an unusually distinguished record. In addition, students also must be candidates for a bachelor’s degree in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences or have at least 90 hours or three-fourths of their total course work from departments in the college. Students also must have taken a required number and level of courses in a foreign language, mathematics, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Rain in forecast for rest of week

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Thunderstorms are in the forecast for the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

None of them is expected to be severe.

Wednesday’s forecast is a 20 percent chance of showers and storms after 3 p.m. Skies will be partly sunny today, with a high near 85.

Wednesday night, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and storms. The low will be 69. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected.

On Thursday, expect a 40 percent chance of showers and storms. Most of the day will be mostly sunny with a high near 87. Rainfall amounts may total between a tenth and a quarter of an inch.

Thursday night, the forecast is partly cloudy skies with a low of 70.

Friday, storms and showers are still in the forecast. A 30 percent chance of rain is predicted. Skies will be mostly sunny most of the day, with a high of 86.

Friday night’s forecast is partly cloudy with a low of 72.

Saturday’s forecast is partly cloudy with a high near 87. Saturday night, there is a 30 percent chance of rain.

Sunday, there is finally a break from rain. The forecast for Sunday is partly sunny with a high of 87. Sunday night, the forecast is partly cloudy and a low of 74.

Monday, temperatures start climbing back up to close to the 90s, as a high of 89 and mostly sunny skies are predicted. Monday night, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Eighteen permits for single-family homes issued in May

Permits for new single-family home starts in Kansas City, Kan., were down slightly in May, according to Unified Government statistics.

Sixty-nine new single-family home permits were issued from January to May 2014 as compared to 75 from January to May 2013, a slight drop of six. It was a slighter drop than January-April 2014, which was down 26 percent from January-April 2013.

The value of the home permits issued, $12.5 million, was up 6 percent in January to May 2014 as compared to January to May 2013.

According to the Greater Kansas City Home Builders Association May statistics, 15 of the new home permits issued in May were in Kansas City, Kan., while three were in Bonner Springs.

Johnson County, Kan., including 14 cities, had the highest number of single-family building permits issued in May, at 153, according to GKC-HBA statistics. Jackson County, Mo., had the second highest number of new home permits in May, at 69.

According to the GKC-HBA, although the market is continuing to improve, the numbers in the Kansas City metropolitan area were a little short of April’s.

While residential building permits have not yet regained the levels established during the past 35 years, May extended the levels achieved during the past year, a GKC-HBA spokesman stated.

In the metropolitan area, the year-to-date total for 2014 is 1,685 single-family permits, while in May, there were 381 single-family permits in the metropolitan area, according to GKC-HBA statistics. May was a decrease of 60 permits from April, but the year-to-date total is a 4 percent increase over 2013.

Multi-family permits are up by 200 in the metropolitan area for the first five months of the year. Wyandotte County did not record any new multi-family permits in May.