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Salvation Army kettle donations way down this year

The Salvation Army kettle collections are way off target this year, Lt. Matt McCluer said on Thursday shortly before bell ringers officially halted their collection drive for the year.

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At court hearing, new details emerge in case where woman fled to Europe with daughters

A federal magistrate judge ordered Samantha Elmer who fled to Europe with her daughters released from federal custody Monday during a detention hearing in Kansas City, Kan.

Free coats available for Douglas County residents

Free coats will be available for Douglas County residents Thursday and Friday.

Free training session on open meetings, records law; tougher enforcement of the law in the offing

Attorney General Derek Schmidt is offering a free training session on the Kansas Open Records Act and Kansas Open Meetings Act next week. A new law requires tougher enforcement of KORA and KOMA.

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Just Food continues to wrangle with $50,000 tax bill in wake of Farmer's resignation

Even though former Mayor Jeremy Farmer resigned from a charity after failing to pay $50,000 in federal payroll taxes, it is the Just Food board that will face the ire of the IRS, an expert on nonprofits said Friday. By Karen Dillon

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Kobach opposes specialty meat shop in rural Douglas County; chef says his proposal is being mischaracterized

Brian Strecker's plans to build a 640-square-foot building in the middle of 30 acres to house his new specialty meat store were close to the finish line. Strecker, a well-known Lawrence chef who ran the kitchen at Pachamamas for 13 years, said The Burning Barrel west of Lecompton would process and sell hams, sausages, pork and beef, just enough to provide himself and a partner and possibly two other employees a living. By Karen Dillon

Registered sex offender to stand trial on charge of soliciting 10-year-old in restaurant

A Lawrence man accused of attempting to solicit sex from a 10-year-old girl in a downtown restaurant was bound over for trial Tuesday.

Kansas statistician battles government to determine whether vote count is flawed

Wichita State University mathematician Beth Clarkson has seen enough odd patterns in some election returns that she thinks it's time to check the accuracy of some Kansas voting machines. She’s finding out government officials don’t make such testing easy to do. By Karen Dillon

Lawrence affordable housing conference explores ways to find funding for new housing options

Affordable housing is difficult to find in Lawrence, attendees at a one-day conference Friday to explore ways to increase the number of affordable residences were told.

Autopsy scheduled for man found near East Lawrence railroad tracks

Dead man found near railroad tracks was in his 50s. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

District Attorney Charles Branson files for third term

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces he will seek a third term in office.

Tornado Damage

Residents of Douglas County clean up after Tuesday's minor tornado that caused damage to at least five homes.

Delivering the LINK Thanksgiving meal

Deb Engstrom, Lawrence, has been in charge of getting out the LINK Thanksgiving meal, and this year was no exception as more than 300 meals were delivered to area residents on Thursday.

Lawrence resident hopes stem cell transplant will reverse disease symptoms

Kim Banning-Bohmann talks about her two-year battle with scleroderma, a life-threatening disease that causes hardening of the skin. She received a stem cell transplant in February in hopes of reversing the symptoms. It has yet to work, but she hasn't given up hope.

Crews hang city's Christmas lights

City crews started putting up the city's Christmas Lights on Monday November 1, 2011. The job should take about a week, and on November 24th the lights will turn on, creating a colorful glow in the city.

Field Leadership Exercise

KU Air Force ROTC student took to West Campus to refine their skills they've learned as they set up some scenarios ranging from a downed pilot to extracting POWs from prison and dealing with locals in a combat zone.

Doug Compton on 'The 901 Building'

Doug Compton, president of First Management Inc., talks about his seven-story apartment/retail/office project at Ninth and New Hampshire streets. The building will house a health club and office space, along with 55 apartments.

KU Custom motorcycle

Greg Zappala, of Knievel Motorcycles in Greenville, Pa., shows off the first Jayhawk custom motorcycle behind Allen Fieldhouse on Thursday Oct. 14, 2011. His company builds custom motorcycles for universities upon request. The Jayhawk motorcycle has a Bill Self motif complete with championship rings, and a Jayhawk on the tank.

Eudora High Wind Turbine

Bill and Bev Smalley, of Topeka, along with a worker from Westar Energy and students from Eudora High School spend Thursday Oct. 13, 2011, assembling a wind turbine that will make power for the concession stand and restrooms at Eudora High School's sports complex.

Markus Lisske, a German exchange student tries his foot at kicking for FSHS's football team.

Markus Lisske, a foreign exchange student from Germany at Free State High School, is trying his skills at American football by being a kicker on the football team.