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Kansas Lt. Gov. Colyer visits refugee camps with GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer spent another Thanksgiving holiday treating victims of the Syrian civil war at refugee camps along the Jordanian border. He was accompanied this year by GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, and afterward both men said the U.S. needs to do more to help allies in the region deal with the refugee crisis rather than bringing more refugees to the United States. By Peter Hancock

New report shows syphilis, HIV cases growing in Kansas

New data reports growing numbers in sexually transmitted diseases in Kansas.

USGS records 4.5-magnitude earthquake in northern Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck northern Oklahoma early Monday. There are no immediate reports of damage, but the quake was felt throughout much of the state and into Kansas.

Bad publicity, low pay blamed for law enforcement shortage

Negative publicity and low pay has Kansas law enforcement agencies struggling to recruit new officers at a time when agencies have hundreds of openings but not enough qualified applicants to fill them.

Icy roads claim four more lives in Kansas

Authorities in Kansas are blaming four more traffic deaths in the Wichita area on the icy conditions gripping the state and other parts of the nation’s midsection.

Icy roads blamed in 2 western Kansas deaths

Freezing rain and strong winds have moved into Kansas, causing power outages and several accidents, including two fatal crashes on Thanksgiving.

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Kobach, public await actions by two courts on proof of citizenship law

Two separate courts are expected to act soon on lawsuits challenging a controversial state law requiring new voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote. Since the law took effect in 2013, more than 32,000 Kansans have had their registrations placed “in suspense” because they failed to provide the required citizenship proof. By Peter Hancock

Kansas seeking increase in engineering grads

Kansas is moving toward a goal of increasing the number of college graduates majoring in engineering.

Group says youth drug overdoses up in Kansas

A study by a nonprofit health advocacy group says youth drug overdose rates are up in Kansas, but that they remain lower than the national rate.

Discrimination lawsuit filed against Emporia State leaders

A former assistant professor has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against four Emporia State University officials, a month after another professor in the same department also sued the Kansas school.

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.