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City considering code changes following two devastating fires in six months at Lawrence pet businesses

After two fires at two pet businesses within the last six months killed animals and heavily damaged buildings, Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer said city commissioners will discuss code provisions at their meeting next week. Current codes do not require automated sprinkler or monitored fire alarm systems at such businesses. By Caitlin Doornbos

Second of two codefendants in alleged Haskell rape case pleads not guilty

A 20-year-old Anadarko, Okla., man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges related to an alleged November 2014 rape of a fellow Haskell Indian Nations University student in his dorm room.

Suspect in fatal stabbing charged with second-degree murder, felony theft

A 33-year-old Oskaloosa man was charged Thursday with second-degree murder and felony theft in connection with the Monday stabbing death of Tracy Dean Lautenschlager, 45, of Lawrence. By Caitlin Doornbos

First of five home-invasion robbery defendants sentenced to 3.5 years in prison

The first of five co-defendants convicted on charges related to a violent home-invasion robbery in November 2014 was sentenced Thursday to three and a half years in prison.

Suspect arrested in Monday homicide; victim's name released

Lawrence police on Wednesday afternoon arrested a suspect in connection with a fatal stabbing Monday in Lawrence. Police also on Wednesday announced the name of the victim as Tracy Dean Lautenschlager, 45, of Lawrence. By Caitlin Doornbos

No suspect identified in Monday's fatal stabbing; K-9 unit investigates area

Lawrence police detectives continued to work the scene Tuesday of a home at 700 Arkansas St., where investigators say a man was fatally stabbed Monday. By Caitlin Doornbos

Some greek organizations have had success with curbs on alcohol

When the Interfraternity Council at Purdue University in Indiana voted to ban all hard liquor from fraternity properties and chapter events this year, Purdue IFC President Matt Gebbie said the reaction from fraternity members was mixed. Kansas University’s IFC followed Purdue’s lead this month, banning hard alcohol from fraternity houses beginning this fall. Some say implementing hard-liquor bans will be effective; others say liquor-specific prohibitions don’t go far enough.

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Lawrence police: One man dead following stabbing on Arkansas Street

Police followed trail of blood from Sixth Street restaurant to nearby home

One man is dead following a stabbing Monday morning in the 700 block of Arkansas Street, Lawrence police said. Shortly after 6 a.m., police and medical personnel went to the parking lot of the McDonalds at 1309 W. Sixth St. after a 911 caller reported a person outside the restaurant was bleeding, Lawrence police Sgt. Trent McKinley said in a news release. The man, in his 40s, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he later died, McKinley said.

KU expert discusses biker gangs' similarities to extremist groups

The outlaw motorcycle gangs that started Sunday’s deadly shootout in Waco, Texas, aren’t exactly extremist groups, but they share concerning similarities, a Kansas University expert says. Such biker gangs don’t exist for the purpose of pursuing political goals, and they may not have a fully elaborated ideology. However, they’re motivated by a similar “world view." By Sara Shepherd

Eudora man ordered to stand trial on premeditated first-degree murder charge in death of disabled man

A 49-year-old Eudora man charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the Sept. 11, 2014, death of a disabled Lawrence man was ordered to stand trial and pleaded not guilty to the charge at a Friday court hearing.

Regents call for tuition hike

• Anticipating another round of budget cuts, the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved a 6 percent tuition increase for many students at Kansas University. • Even though funding was stripped from an appropriations bill, members of the Kansas ...

Lawrence resident hopes Iranian crisis ‘plants seed’

Today's weather: Afternoon highs will top out at 97 degrees with a heat index of well over 105. We'll see only a few passing clouds in the sky along with a light wind out of the south between five and ...

Police make arrests in connection with attempted murder

• Police arrested a 15-year-old Lawrence boy and his 60-year-old father early Tuesday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in connection with an attack on the boy’s mother. • City commissioners said Tuesday that concerns are mounting about the city’s ...

Car chase spans two counties, two arrested

We’ll have a chance of morning sprinkles before skies clear for the afternoon. Expect a high near 83 with a south wind that gusts to 30 mph. Overnight temperatures will drop to 58. Winds remain strong from the south at ...

Polls open at 7 a.m. for city, school elections

Another cold start to the morning, but highs will warm up into the mid 50s under mostly sunny skies. Temperatures cooling off into the lower to mid 30s overnight under mostly clear skies. Even warmer Wednesday, with highs climbing into ...

City to pay at least $1M for needed dam repair

In today's weather: Temperatures will creep to 65 this afternoon, thanks to moderate sunshine and a strong south wind between 10-20 mph. Evening temperatures will remain mild with a low of 40, a south wind between 5-15 mph and partly ...

Student detained after bringing explosive device to school

Today's forecast: Today.... Blustery and overcast. A few flurries. Highs in the upper 30s. North winds 20-30 mph. Tonight.... Cloudy with a few flurries early. Cold. Lows in the lower teens. Today's headlines: A sixth-grader at Tonganoxie Middle School is ...

KU hopes to avoid budget pitfalls during legislative session

Today's forecast: The morning hours see a slight chance for rain and even a few wet snowflakes before drying out in the afternoon hours. The high temperature makes it up to 42° early in the day before a strong north ...

Uncertainly swirls around 2009 economy

Kids are back to school this morning in many places and they'll need to layer up this morning. Temperatures shouldn't be so bad by the afternoon. We'll see sunny skies and highs in the upper 30s. We should see an ...

District attorney wants to reimburse property crime victims

Another sunny day, but winds will switch to the north, causing temperatures to tumble this afternoon. Early highs today will be around 52 degrees. Lows tonight under clear skies will dip down to 21 degrees. In today's news: The Douglas ...

Salvation Army stabbing victim airlifted

A man who was stabbed at the Salvation Army, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, is airlifted to a nearby trauma center.

May 13 court appearance

Suspect Kyle Flack enters goes from the Franklin County Jail to court Monday, May 13, during his court case in which he's charged with four counts of murder.

Pastor speaks at vigil

Scott Dickinson, pastor at Cherry Street Wesleyan Church in Ottawa, addresses a crowd of about 400 at Forest Park in Ottawa May 10. Dickinson and several others spoke at the vigil in honor of four homicide victims.

Sheriff announces discovery of body

Sunday around 1 a.m., Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards announces police believe they found the body of missing toddler Lana Leigh Bailey. The discovery was made Saturday evening in Osage County

Robbery suspect

Surveillance video from a Dec. 13 robbery at Cheers Liquor, 1414 West 6th Street. The video, from the Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru window, shows the suspect crossing Sixth Street before he covered his face and approached the liquor store to the west. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective MT Brown at 785-830-7449 or call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 843-TIPS(8477).

Elijah Taylor's death

Lt. Jim Norton of the Salina Police Department discusses the death of 21-year-old Kansas University student Elijah Taylor. According to witnesses, Taylor had smoked a form of synthetic marijuana before he jumped into oncoming traffic on Interstate 135 in Salina. Taylor collided with a van and died the same day at a Wichita hospital.

Wide variety of synthetic drugs available in Kansas

From what's known as "bath salts" to synthetic marijuana-like substances, Kansas and the county have seen a wide range of synthetic drugs during the past three years. Jeremy Morris, a forensic scientist with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, shows some of the drugs they've tested in his lab.

Dangers of synthetic drugs

Jeremy Morris, a forensic scientist with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, says there's no way to know what users are actually getting when they buy synthetic drugs. Morris was one of the first scientists to tests the substances when they popped up in the area in late 2009.

Eyewitness I.D. process changes

The Topeka Police Department, like many across the country, has updated their policy for eyewitness photo identifications. In the past, police often used a single sheet with six photos, known as a "six-pack." But research has found witness accuracy improves when shown photos one at a time. Det. Larry Falley of the Topeka Police explains the advantages of the new policy.

Intersecting lives: A serial rapist and an innocent man

Joe Jones, a Topeka man wrongfully convicted of a 1985 rape, and others involved with the case, talk about learning the true suspect's identity almost 27 years later.