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Lawrence considers code changes as a result of fire at pet boarding business

Lawrence city officials are reviewing fire and dog services codes to determine whether amending them could help prevent kennel fires like the one on Nov. 29 that killed at least three dogs and injured others. By Karen Dillon

At least 7 injured after Kansas railcar explodes

The two people most seriously injured in a railcar explosion in northeast Kansas are improving in a burn unit at a Kansas hospital while the state fire marshal investigates a possible cause.

Kansas budget plan mostly pushes shortfall forward

A new report from the Kansas Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff shows that Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for closing a shortfall in the current budget mostly pushes the problem into the next fiscal year.

State budget plan mostly pushes shortfall forward

A new report from the Kansas Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff shows that Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for closing a shortfall in the current budget mostly pushes the problem into the next fiscal year.

Corps: U.S. falling behind on waterway levees, dams

The nation is falling behind on maintaining its aging levees, dams, ports and harbors and needs to get creative as it seeks ways to pay for the critical projects, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ commander general said Wednesday.

New state policy tightens Osawatomie admissions

A new Kansas policy in response to federal threats against overcrowding at Osawatomie State Hospital has mental health workers worried that more patients could end up in jails instead of hospital beds.

UNC academic fraud can't happen at KU, some regents say

After revelations about the worst case of academic fraud in the history of collegiate sports at the University of North Carolina, several members of the Kansas Board of Regents said they don't believe such deceit could happen here.

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity elects new members to board of directors

Four new members will be joining the 2014-2015 Lawrence Habitat for Humanity board of directors: Dennis Palmer, of Burnham Composite Structures; Cynthia Smith, an attorney; Danette Umholtz, of Douglas County Bank; and Erika Zimmerman, of Boys and Girls club of Lawrence.

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Randy Leach still missing after 26 years, KBI case file remains sealed

For the first few years, Harold and Alberta Leach kept hoping their missing son, Randy, would come home. Twenty-six years have passed since the high school senior and the family car vanished from a graduation party, but the Linwood parents still want to find their only child. They’re desperate to know whether law enforcement left no stone unturned in the search for Randy, in part because they’ve felt for years that investigators were secretive, refusing to keep them abreast of developments. But law enforcement agencies refuse to release the records, citing an ongoing investigation, even the broad outlines of which they decline to reveal.

Dole Institute to host panel on U.S. police militarization

The Dole Institute of Politics, along with its Student Advisory Board, will host a moderated panel discussion about police militarization in the U.S. 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive.

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.