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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.

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Safety inspections at school construction sites questioned

Both Lawrence and Douglas County codes require that fences or barriers are installed at construction sites like the one at New York Elementary School where a child fell last week and sustained serious injuries, several officials told the Lawrence Journal-World this week. By Karen Dillon

Report expected soon on plan to have third-party consultant review Douglas County's Zoning and Codes Department

Proposal came in wake of Kobach building controversy

Douglas County staff is almost finished with a draft report that includes an outline of goals for the county’s Zoning and Codes Department, a top county official said this week.

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Kobach reviewing options after meat shop ruling; plans to build home in Douglas County this fall

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and some Douglas County residents opposed to a specialty meat shop near Lecompton are "reviewing options" after county commissioners granted a conditional use permit for the venture. By Conrad Swanson

Douglas County Commission to discuss permit for specialty meat shop that Kris Kobach opposes

A permit for a controversial specialty meat shop is expected to be the big draw at the Douglas County Commission meeting Wednesday.

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Kobach opposes specialty meat shop in rural Douglas County; chef says his proposal is being mischaracterized

Brian Strecker's plans to build a 640-square-foot building in the middle of 30 acres to house his new specialty meat store were close to the finish line. Strecker, a well-known Lawrence chef who ran the kitchen at Pachamamas for 13 years, said The Burning Barrel west of Lecompton would process and sell hams, sausages, pork and beef, just enough to provide himself and a partner and possibly two other employees a living. By Karen Dillon

Heat advisory issued for Douglas County through Tuesday evening

A heat advisory will be in effect for Douglas County until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Douglas County district judge wins prestigious Kansas Women Attorney's Association award

Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny received the Kansas Women Attorney’s Association’s prestigious Jennie Mitchell Kellogg Achievement Award at the organization’s annual conference July 17.

Excessive heat warning issued for Friday afternoon, evening

An excessive heat warning will be in effect for Douglas County and northeast Kansas from noon to 9 p.m. Friday. The National Weather Service in Topeka issued the warning in advance of expected heat indices ranging from 110 to 115.

Lawrence, Douglas County officials tap D.C. conference for low-level drug offense insights

As city and county commissioners discuss ways to deal with the over-population of the Douglas County Jail and community mental health issues, a new option may become a topic of conversation after four community leaders attended a national conference recently.

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.