Waiting for last month's employment data...Kansans await education ruling from state Supreme Court



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched economic indicator will be revealed this morning when the Labor Department announces February employment data. Anticipation is high because of two disappointing months blamed on a spate of severe winter weather. Economists surveyed by FactSet predict 145,000 new jobs with no change in the 6.6 percent unemployment rate.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is scheduled to issue an important decision today in a suit accusing lawmakers of reneging on promises to maintain a certain level of education spending. It could force the state to spend millions more and threaten big tax cuts promoted by the state's Republican governor.

MOSCOW (AP) — A leading Russian lawmaker says the welcome mat will be out for Crimea if its people vote to leave Ukraine in an upcoming referendum on March 16. The speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament met today with the head of the Crimean parliament to discuss the region's possible vote to join Russia.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — An Army general accused of sexually assaulting a captain under his command faces the start of his court martial today in North Carolina. Opening statements are scheduled in the case of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair. His defense lawyers portray him as the victim of an overzealous military. Sinclair faces five charges and has pleaded guilty to three lesser ones.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Pew Research Center survey finds so-called millennials are differentiating themselves from their predecessors in religion, marriage and politics. The survey says half of American adults ages 18 to 33 are self-described political independents, but at the same time half of them are Democrats or lean that way. Fewer are married and only about a third classify themselves as religious.

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