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Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria

The U.S. and partner nations began launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria for the first time Monday night, expanding a military campaign against the militants with a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from ships in the region.

Alcohol and sex can create a dangerous mix on campus

As Kansas University and other institutions grapple with sexual assault on campus, alcohol is a complicating factor. And it will remain that way, national experts on campus rape say, until changes occur in cultural norms and attitudes that allow or even encourage students to go to bars and parties, get drunk and have sex.

Free GED Ready tests available to public Oct. 1

The Lawrence Adult Education Center is offering free GED Ready tests to the general public in October.

Killer of Lincoln’s assassin once lived in Kansas

Boston Corbett made history when he killed President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth. That distinction helped the colorful Corbett find work at the Kansas Statehouse before a gun incident got him committed to a Topeka mental institution, where he escaped and vanished into history.

Roadwork: Construction planned for the week of Sept. 8

A project to reconstruct the intersection of 23rd and Iowa streets has moved into the next phase. Traffic will be shifted to the south and west sides of the intersection, and each approach to the intersection will have a dedicated left turn lane and one lane for through traffic.

Man cleaning missile silo left over from Cold War

The paved road that leads to the Cold War relic is full of potholes. Laid more than 50 years ago for military vehicles, it only stretches about a mile across this remote area of Rice County. On occasion, Jeff Flaningam says, a few partyers searching for his site that sits 174 feet deep below the prairie have come down the road too fast — ramming through his locked iron gate, The Hutchinson News reported. It doesn’t surprise him that such a site draws a bit of attention. This, after all, is a bizarre souvenir from the U.S. and Soviet nuclear arms race, he said. Site No. 6, which overlooks rolling pastures, was one of 12 Atlas F nuclear missile sites across central Kansas once operated by Schilling Air Force Base in the 1960s.

Suspect charged in death of Kansas State student

An Olathe man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the November 2013 death of a Kansas State University student.

Kansas man killed by falling tree branch

An eastern Kansas man has died after being hit by a tree branch while putting out a small fire caused by lightning. Radio station KVOE reports the accident happened in rural Emporia around 9:30 a.m. Monday.

3.0 earthquake reported in southern Kansas

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.0 magnitude earthquake shook parts of southern Kansas. The quake was recorded Sunday evening about eight miles northwest of Harper. It had a depth of 8.7 kilometers. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

Big expansion project helps McPherson's economy

An oil refinery's $555 million expansion project is proving to be a boost to the economy of McPherson and some surrounding communities, a city official said. The National Cooperative Refinery Association oil refinery is replacing its coker, which converts some residual oil into higher-value products. The two-year project has brought cranes, one as high as 530 feet tall, to the city's skyline. The project should be finished by late September, said NCRA spokesman Vince Bengston.

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.