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Bill moving dates for local elections advances in Kansas Senate; races would remain nonpartisan

The bill would move municipal and school board elections to November of odd-numbered years, and those races would remain nonpartisan. By Peter Hancock

Kansas House passes drunk driving laws

The Kansas House has approved two bills changing the state's penalties for driving under the influence.

Kansas Senate advances plan to issue $1B in pension bonds

The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a proposal described by supporters as refinancing part of the long-term debt facing the pension system for teachers and government workers.

Lawmaker challenges legality of Brownback's budget proposal for Kansas judiciary

A Democratic lawmaker says Gov. Sam Brownback may have violated state law by cutting more than $50 million over the next two years from the budget request of the Kansas judiciary. Rep. John Carmichael, of Wichita, is asking Attorney General Derek Schmidt for a formal legal opinion. By Peter Hancock

Kansas House rejects bill limiting teacher negotiations; passes compromise alternative

The Kansas House rejected a bill Wednesday that would have eliminated the exclusive right of teachers unions to negotiate contracts with school districts. Instead, it advanced a bill reflecting a compromise worked out between the state's major education groups over what issues should be negotiated between teachers and school districts. By Peter Hancock

Kansas moving toward allowing concealed guns without permit

The Kansas Senate is expected to approve a bill that would allow people to carry concealed guns without requiring them to get a state permit or take training classes.

Bill limiting candidate withdrawals advances in Kansas House

House Bill 2104 is a response to the controversy last year when Democrat Chad Taylor withdrew from the U.S. Senate race against Republican Pat Roberts. It would prohibit candidates withdrawing from a race after June 1 of the election year unless the candidate dies. It would also require parties to replace candidates on the ballot if there is a vacancy. By Peter Hancock

Kansas anti-strip club bill does not advance before deadline

A bill that would heavily restrict sexually oriented businesses did not advance as Kansas lawmakers face key deadlines.

Mental health drug regulation bill advances in Kansas Senate

State Medicaid officials would have more ability to control the prescription of mental health drugs under a bill scheduled for final action Wednesday. Mental health advocates strongly oppose the bill, but supporters say it will protect patients and save money for the state. By Peter Hancock

Kansas bill limiting sex education material advances with no debate

Many Democrats were out of the chamber when the Kansas Senate took up a bill that would allow teachers to be prosecuted for displaying sex education material deemed inappropriate for children. The bill advanced to final action Wednesday with no debate. By Peter Hancock

Tiller's clinic to remain closed

• The family of slain abortion provider Dr. George Tiller announced Tuesday that Tiller’s women’s health clinic in Wichita would be shut down permanently. • Thieves are ripping off Kansas University’s Watson Library, tearing apart books filled with old and ...

KTEC head steps down

• The economy being what it is these days, most people won't be traveling to Morocco, Washington D.C. or even Las Vegas this summer. But many are taking getaways to the Lawrence KOA campground in North Lawrence. • Tracy Taylor, ...

Several counties planning to sue state over improper distribution of funds

Periods of clouds are expected for your Monday. No precipitation is expected, however. Depsite just a bit of sunshine, temperatures will still be close to normal; around 71°F. Winds will turn to the south, but stay just light enough that ...

Lawrence Parks and Recreation to consider creating new fees

• The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a forum later this month to get public opinion on creating new fees that would help the department deal with expected financial shortfalls in 2010. • The Kansas University women's basketball ...

Scientists: Kan. faces dangers from rising CO2

Expect clouds with a bit of drizzle this morning. Temperatures will rise this afternoon as the sun comes out. Expect a high in the lower 50s. Temperatures will reach nearly 60 degrees on Thursday with winds from the southwest, but ...

City OKs homeless regulations

Showers will continue through the morning and taper off as you approach the noon hour. We may see a little sunshine by the late part of the afternoon allowing our daytime high to top out around 59 degrees. Our wind ...

Arthur, Chalmers sent home after violations

Expect more rain for the morning and mid-afternoon with showers diminishing toward the evening hours. We will struggle to a daytime high of 72 degrees with a wind out of the north between 10-15 mph. Expect skies to begin to ...

Statehouse Live - Rep. Boog Highberger, D-Lawrence

Kansas Rep. Boog Highberger, D-Lawrence, reflects on the 2015 legislative session so far. Highberger is in his first term in the Kansas House. He was elected in 2014 to the seat formerly held by Paul Davis.

Gay rights, social issues and education budgets dominate Legislature

Journal-World statehouse reporter Peter Hancock looks back at a week dominated by gay rights and other social issues, while looking ahead to coming budgets for K-12 and higher education.

Capitol dome reopens after renovations

After 13 years and $300 million in renovations the capital building has resumed tours to the dome. Take a walk inside the renovated building.

"Hank" the steam engine at Railfest 2013

Baldwin City residents and visitors alarmed this weekend by the sight of smoke rising from the Santa Fe Depot don’t need to call the fire department. The smoke will be billowing from the stack of a restored steam locomotive, and Midland Railway officials hope it will be a signal to train buffs to attend their annual Railfest, which runs Friday through Monday at Santa Fe Depot Park, 1515 High St.

Fib's Collection of Record Proportions

Floyd "Fib" Sutton collected and repaired hundreds of antique Gramophones and phonographs in the decades before he died earlier this year. As wife, Martha, demonstrates, the record players still work just fine.

District Attorney Charles Branson files for third term

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

Burning of the Baker Wetlands

Dr. Roger Boyd of Baker University, along with volunteers, participated in a controlled burn of the Baker Wetlands, Thursday April 5, 2012. The burn took place south of Lawrence, and is conducted annually to clear old grass, eliminate weeds and promote new growth.

Tornado Damage

Residents of Douglas County clean up after Tuesday's minor tornado that caused damage to at least five homes.

The Resurgence of Meth

Officials in southeast Kansas talk about the recent spike in methamphetamine use. They believe it can be attributed to the "one-pot" or "shake and bake" method.

Where they make assistance dogs

Since 1990, KSDS in Washington, Kan., has raised and trained more than 400 assistance dogs, which have been sent out to people in 32 states. The dogs are provided to those with disabilities free of charge. Check the LJWorld this weekend for a full feature on KSDS.