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Rural neighbors, tree farm clash over noise, traffic

A fight over land titles or water rights used to be what split rural communities. Today there seems to be much more for rural neighbors to fight over as competing visions of rural life and land use clash.

Man accused of quadruple murders blamed 'Omar and Chewy' for the killings, according to court testimony; records end up sealed

After Kyle Flack was arrested in the 2013 brutal killings of three adults and a toddler near Ottawa, he blamed “Omar and Chewy,” two men he said he met in prison, prosecutors told a Franklin County judge during a hearing Wednesday. But authorities determined that “Omar and Chewy” did not exist after investigators checked prison records and conducted background checks, said Victor Braden, a Kansas deputy attorney general who is working with the Franklin County county attorney to prosecute the case. In addition, the court has sealed most of the court file after it said it wouldn't. By Karen Dillon

Sheriff's office investigating allegations of missing money from Wakarusa Township fireman's fund

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is investigating allegations about money missing from a fund associated with the Wakarusa Township Fire Department, a spokesman said. On Wednesday, Gerald Dwyer, a Wakarusa Township board member, told the Journal-World that a sheriff's investigator spoke to him about three or four weeks ago about money missing from the so-called firemen's fund.

One of five defendants in Lawrence home invasion pleads guilty

Driskell Alan Johnson, a defendant accused with four men in a home invasion in Lawrence in November, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated robbery.

Lawrence police investigating report of road rage

Lawrence police are investigating a case of road rage that occurred Tuesday afternoon in the 2200 block of Iowa Street.

Koch Industries will donate $2.6 million to Kansas State University

Koch Industries Inc. will donate $2.6 million to Kansas State University.

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.

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.