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Time to start thinking about local elections: Law moves filing deadline for city, school board races

In past odd numbered years in Kansas, local candidates for city government and school board positions would be making their plans know to county clerk offices.

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Kansas election officials threw out thousands of ballots

Kansas election officials threw out thousands of uncounted provisional ballots cast in November, mostly because the state had no record that those residents were registered voters.

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Children in need of care: Douglas County sets new record for number of children in foster care

Officials expect additional increases

More Douglas County children are in the custody of the Kansas Department for Children and Families now than ever before, and officials are bracing for additional increases. In addition, recently passed legislation may make matters even worse for the DCF.

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Douglas County district attorney satisfied with diversion program's numbers, looking to target county's female inmates

With 310 diversions offered in 2016 to those facing criminal charges, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson thinks his office’s diversion numbers are about where they should be.

A couple inches of snow possible overnight with winter storm

With snow on the way Wednesday night, the National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a winter weather advisory for Douglas County and other parts of northeast Kansas.

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Community celebrates completion of Douglas County Fairgrounds renovation

Nine years since the project’s inception, county leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of renovations to the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence.

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Spike in Douglas County Jail female population hinders operations, programming

Jolene Ami took an unusual step when she was released in 2014 from the Douglas County Jail after serving a six-month sentence for her third DUI offense. “You know what I did?” she said. “I sent a thank-you card to the judge who sentenced me. Jail was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

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Facing possibility of closure, Headquarters Counseling Center starts fundraising campaign

Headquarters Counseling Center has started a Save Headquarters campaign with the goal of raising $90,000 in the next three weeks so that it can continue to provide its current level of suicide prevention services beyond the end of the year.

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Seasonal tradition: Schaake Pumpkin Patch draws third generation of customers

Like a monarch butterfly crossing into Mexico, Katelyn Stewart was making an annual fall migration to a Kansas River Valley farm east of Lawrence. It’s not the sweet nectar of south-of-the-border flowers that entices Stewart and others to the spot, but pumpkins.

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Amid unfounded accusations of 'rigged election,' Douglas County clerk says no bias in mailing advance ballot information

The chairwoman of the Douglas County Republican Party is complaining that County Clerk Jamie Shew may have favored Democratic voters over Republicans when mailing out advance ballot applications. But Shew said the mailings went to all households with active voters, and he expressed concern about national political rhetoric that could undermine public confidence in elections.

Douglas County ranked 27th healthiest in Kansas

In an inaugural report, the Kansas Health Institute has determined that Douglas County is the 27th healthiest among the 105 counties in Kansas. Trinity In-Home Care plans to open a licensed, drop-in child care center in Lawrence this summer. After ...

County leaders hope for a slice of the stimulus

Clouds will blot out the sun from time to time during the morning and afternoon, but a south wind between 10-20 mph will keep our daytime high around 56. Our wind should drop to 5-10 mph out of the south ...

More asking for heating bill assistance

Today's forecast: For today, Cooler breezes out of the north will keep us in the lower 40s with clouds to start and sunshine by afternoon. North winds of 10-20 mph. Tonight, partly cloudy and blustery with lows in the middle ...

School district, LHS neighbors settle lawsuit

Today's forecast: Light snow in the morning... ending before noon. We could see a dusting of up to an inch. Sunshine by afternoon with highs around 27. South winds of 10-20 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear with lows around ...

City shelves stricter panhandling laws

Today's forecast: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. West wind around 5 mph. In today's news: Fears of a lawsuit stopped city commissioners ...

Down economy forces county service agencies to trim budgets

Today will be hot and sunny, the heat index will be in excess of 100°. There is a chance for some rain tonight into tomorrow. Down economy forces county service agencies to trim budgets Republican campaigns for 2nd Congressional District ...

Midland Railroad dining car to open in Baldwin City

The Midland Railroad in Baldwin City is adding a dinning car to its fleet. The car will offer a five-course meal as it runs the rails between Ottawa and Baldwin City.

Emma Pogge, WWII Veteran

Emma Pogge, one of the oldest living World War II women veterans, talks about joining the army, playing basketball during her service, meeting her husband and seeing Europe.

Baldwin Maple Leaf Festival

The Baldwin Maple Leaf Festival kicked off on Saturday in Baldwin City with more than 30 venders and an expected 30,000 people for the weekend event.

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church's Oktoberfest

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church held its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, which featured German food and beer, along with music and dance.

Baldwin City man builds new drum for Kansas City Chiefs

Cyrus Fillmore of rural Baldwin, talks about making a special drum for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Lecompton's Bald Eagle Rendezvous Days shed light on pioneer life

Re-enactors show what is was like making due in the 1800s during Lecompton's Bald Eagle Rendezvous Days, which goes through Saturday.

Bikers take part in the 37th annual ABATE Rally

Hundreds of motorcycles descended on Paradise Point at Perry Lake for the 37th annual ABATE motorcycle rally.

Masters of the barbecue pit

Truebud BBQ team members talk about cooking 'cue. The team has been traveling to barbecue competitions nearly every weekend since February, which — coupled with their meticulously smoked and seasoned meat — has helped propel them to the top 10 in the Kansas City Barbeque Society's Team of the Year points chase standings.

Lawrence doctor loses 150 pounds

Dr. Malati Harris, of Lawrence Family Medicine & Obstetrics, explains how she has lost 150 pounds through diet and exercise.

Wild horses and burros up for adoption

Thirty-five horses and three burros are up for adoption this weekend, as the Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management hosts an adoption event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.