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ACLU pushes federal judge to declare Kansas ban on gay marriages unconstitutional

The American Civil Liberties Union took a step Friday to speed up an appeal it filed last year challenging Kansas' ban on gay marriage.

Lawrence man who wanted to inspire others after losing 750 pounds dies

Robert Walls, 34, an aspiring Lawrence chef who battled obesity by losing more than 750 pounds, died Monday, the Douglas County Coroner's Office reported.

Kansas bill seeks to control some mental health drug costs

During the first 11 months of 2014, the Kansas Medicaid system spent $24.6 million buying one drug. Abilify, made by the Maryland-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., is intended to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and manic depressive disorder, and it is the single costliest drug for the state’s Medicaid system.

Hemingway masterpiece selected as KU's 2015 Common Book

KU announces "A Farewell To Arms" will be the 2015-2016 Common Book.

1 of 4 suspects in deadly gun shop robbery appears in court

One of the four men charged with first-degree murder in a botched robbery at a Kansas gun shop has made his first court appearance.

With low oil, gasoline prices, is Keystone still necessary?

A 50-percent plunge in the price of crude oil, resulting from abundant global oil supplies, and cheaper gasoline at the pump raise critical questions about whether the Keystone XL oil pipeline is still needed or even makes financial sense.

Lawrence founder recognized this month for revealing truth about 1864 Sand Creek Indian massacre

When 16-year-old Silas Soule and his family moved to Kansas to help settle Lawrence in 1854, the Maine native quickly found himself in the thick of danger. The new family home became an underground railroad station, and Soule was called upon to escort runaway slaves to freedom and to rescue captured abolitionists. Ten years later, Soule, now a captain in the U.S. Cavalry, found himself in another American horror story. By Karen Dillon

Kansas tribes weighing marijuana options

Some northeast Kansas American Indian tribes say they need more information before making a decision on whether to grow and sell marijuana on tribal land after the federal government said it wouldn’t interfere with those who do.

Officer kills armed 18-year-old near Ferguson

Violent protests broke out in suburban St. Louis after another black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer.

State law examined after dispute over county board

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants state legislators to rewrite an obscure law that required him to fill two newly created seats on a north-central Kansas county commission so that voters fill such vacancies in the future, and a local lawmaker promised Monday to pursue the issue.

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.