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Court stays ruling that could strip state judicial branch of funding

A Shawnee County judge has stayed an order issued Wednesday that could result in stripping the state court system of funding. The ruling struck down a new law that changes the way chief judges in district courts are chosen. But Kansas lawmakers made funding for the entire judicial branch contingent on that new law being upheld. By Peter Hancock

Judge to decide case involving judicial independence

A Shawnee County judge will decide soon whether Kansas lawmakers can tie funding for the court system to the outcome of individual court cases. The current case involves a recent change in how the chief judges of district courts are chosen. But some officials worry that if the Legislature wins this battle, the independence of the state court system will be greatly compromised. By Peter Hancock

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KU, student, teacher with Koch ties reach settlement in case over $1,800 records request

Instead of going to trial, the case of Kansas University School of Business teacher Art Hall v. KU is being settled out of court. KU announced today that the three parties involved — the university; Hall; and student Schuyler Kraus, president of the group Students for a Sustainable Future — had reached the settlement, which ends all litigation in the case. By Sara Shepherd

Judge: Prosecutors can present evidence of prior money troubles at trial of man charged with first-degree murder

Prosecutors will be allowed to present at trial evidence of prior finance-related civil wrongs of a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a local disabled man, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Court dismisses rape, indecent liberties charges against 32-year-old Lawrence man

The case against a 32-year-old Lawrence man who was accused of molesting his girlfriend’s young daughters was dismissed Thursday, according to court records.

Former Kansas Chief Justice Kay McFarland dies

Kay McFarland was the first woman to become a district court judge in Kansas. She later became the first woman to serve on the Kansas Supreme Court and its first female chief justice. She died Tuesday at age 80. By Peter Hancock

Lawrence police chief at Civil Rights Symposium: 'Kansas headed in the right direction'

Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib said “Kansas is headed in the right direction” when it comes to fair and impartial policing Friday as he spoke on a panel in Topeka at the Kansas Civil Rights Symposium.

Man found guilty in Douglas State Fishing Lake aggravated robbery

A 23-year-old Wellsville man was found guilty Friday of one count of aggravated robbery in connection with an incident at Douglas State Fishing Lake.

Humane Society says leg of dog attacked with shotgun may not need amputation after all

There may be hope for the hind leg of Hope the dog, who was injured last month after apparently being shot with a shotgun multiple times, Lawrence Humane Society director of development and marketing Meghan Scheibe said in a news release Friday.

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.

A car chase trial, the city's homeless population, Tiller donations and football

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a flash flood watch for Northeast Kansas from 1 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday. A slow-moving front and plenty of humidity will lead to high storm chances, mainly during the afternoon ...

Parkinson takes over as Kathleen Sebelius heads to Washington

A strong surge of moisture will provide the fuel for thunderstorms to quickly develop and overspread the area. Some of these storms could dump torrential rainfall. With saturated soils, water will quickly run off into area watersheds. Flash Flood Watches ...

Guilty pleas entered in Burger King robbery

Sunny and comfortable weather in the forecast today with a high of 67 degrees. Winds will be out of the NW around 10 mph. Partly cloudy skies overnight and cool, with lows dipping into the mid 40s. Even warmer weather ...

West side of town has more voters going to the polls

A strong east wind and scattered showers will dominate the day. The chance of showers picks up toward the evening. Look for a high of 59 degrees with a gusty east wind between 15 and 30 mph. The wind and ...

Topeka woman leads cops on county chase

Today's forecast: Cold, topping out at around 37 degrees with a chance of snow. Topping our news today: A Topeka woman hits and injures a Lawrence police officer during a high-speed chase; a jury convicts a Lawrence man of stabbing ...

City's water, sewer intake a concern

Today's forecast: Strong winds and much colder temperatures will dominate the day. Expect a high of only 41 degrees with a north wind between 15-25 mph and gusts near 30. That strong wind will keep the wind chill into the ...

Animal health campaign targets pudgy pooches, tubby tabbies

Dense fog will burn off as we head into mid-morning leaving us with a mostly sunny sky for the afternoon. Look for a daytime high of 89 degrees with the wind picking up out of the south between 5-10 mph ...

District Attorney Charles Branson files for third term

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

Landowner Files Lawsuit over Trees Cut from Property Without Permission

Douglas County landowner Mike Capra talks about the events leading up to a lawsuit he has filed against a neighbor he believes cleared over 60 trees from his property to sell for firewood.

Drug offenders in Lyon County get a second chance with courts drug program.

Drug offenders in Lyon County get a second chance with the help of a strict program that helps some offenders get a straight and a new life.

Try Your Luck in Small Claims Court

Lawrence Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn gives us a look at what one could expect when trying your luck in small claims court.

New Douglas County Judge Kay Huff talks to LJWorld.com

New Douglas County Judge Kay Huff talks with Journal-World reporter George Diepenbrock.

Lawrence man bound over for trial after prelim hearing

A Lawrence man accused of a hit and ran accident involving a pack of bicyclists is bound over for trial. Scott Young's preliminary hearing was held Wednesday afternoon. Several witnesses took the stand, including the victim, as 6News reporter Theresa Freed explains.


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Judge Jean Shepherd: Each of these cases is about someone's life

Retiring Douglas County family court Judge Jean Shepherd talks about the cases she's heard and the children she's met over her career, and gives her advice for anyone taking her place.

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Suspects charged in shooting incident

Four Topeka residents were charged in court Wednesday for their involvement in a Monday morning shooting. The four people involved planned the robbery before committing the crime.