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Westar to explain rate request at public hearing Tuesday

Would result in higher utility bills, especially for those with solar panels

Part of Westar Energy's rate request would result in higher utility bills, especially for those with solar panels and people who use a lot of electricity during peak demand hours.

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KU professor's collaboration with Spike Lee, 'BlacKkKlansman,' receives coveted Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival

Kevin Willmott’s latest project has earned the Lawrence filmmaker and University of Kansas professor the coveted Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Lawrence police camp aims to encourage 'positive interactions' between kids, cops

Deadline to register is Friday

Local kids will get a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement this summer. The Lawrence Police Department’s long-running police camp returns June 14-16, and the deadline to register is quickly approaching.

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Chancellor Girod fires KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger, citing lack of progress and necessary change in leadership

University of Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger has been fired, effective immediately, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod announced Monday.

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Roadwork for May 21, 2018

Roadwork in Lawrence and Douglas County.

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Free State graduate grew confident with help of AVID program

Free State High School senior Jessica Merritt credits the Lawrence school district’s AVID program with her academic improvement, but that wasn’t the biggest difference it made in her life the last four years.

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2018 Outstanding Performance winner 'grateful' for Lawrence roots as he looks to fulfill California dreams

Graham Edmonds has always been the creative type. His parents, Jason and Machaela, nourished artistic interests in their son from an early age, he says. And Edmonds, now on the eve of his graduation from Lawrence High School, holds onto those memories — of family trips to the movie theatre, of his father playing music around the house — to this day.

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2018 Academic All-Star winner a modern-day 'Renaissance woman' inside the classroom and out

Sierra Staatz had big plans for her high school career. Early on, the ambitious teenager decided she was going to have it all, and now, in the final days of her senior year, Staatz considers that goal fulfilled.

Meet the 2018 Academic All-Star finalists

Every year since 1997, the Journal-World has invited administrators and counselors from public and private high schools in the Lawrence area to nominate their most outstanding seniors for the Journal-World’s Academic All-Star team.

Meet the 2018 Outstanding Performance finalists

Since 1997, the Journal-World has invited area principals and counselors from public and private high schools to nominate their most outstanding senior students for the Academic All-Star team. Last year, the newspaper launched new scholarship, later renamed the Outstanding Performance award, meant to honor students whose special skills and talents extend beyond the classroom and, often, into their communities.

Lawrence residents trying to beat the heat

Today's weather: The heat continues again today as our high pushes the 100 degree mark. Although there is a chance of an isolated afternoon thunderstorm, the chances remain fairly slim. The light south wind will provide little relief from the ...

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 ...

Now is the time to adopt a dog

Weather: While the high may be 90 degrees, our heat index will remain near 100. A southwest wind will continue between 10 and 20 miles per hour before a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. The showers should ...

Hundreds of friends, family honor Frederick

Today's weather: We're going to have another muggy afternoon. The high will be near 95 degrees with a heat index of over 100. Today's headlines: • Friends and family filled KU's Lied Center on Wednesday • A Lawrence man, along ...

Wet spring means pests galore

• The wet spring season will mean more mosquitoes than last year • Former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick was flown by air ambulance to KU Medical Hospital after a bicycle accident at Sixth and Kasold Drive around 6:45 ...

Lawrence residents going batty in bug battle

Some Lawrence residents are turning to bats to control their mosquito problems. But The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department does not recommend that people have bat houses, mainly because bats can carry rabies. For more on bats, and how to attract ...

No more bus rides for many: District tightens belt by cutting transportation

After a chilly start to the day, temperatures will climb to near normal by afternoon. Expect a high near 78. Skies will gradually clear throughout the day, leading to mostly clear skies overnight. With the help of light north winds, ...

Pools spending thousands to comply with new federal standards

A slight chance of morning storms will give way to a very muggy Friday. The humidity, combined with sufficient twist in the atmosphere, and a front, will spark numerous thunderstorms by late afternoon across the area. Before the storms, highs ...

Curbside recycling in Lawrence? Don't count on it anytime soon

General recipe for fog: lots of moisture, calm winds and seasonably cool temperatures. Dense Fog Advisories will remain in effect until 11 a.m. for Douglas and Jefferson Counties. Once the sun's heat takes hold, fog will begin to clear by ...

School board cuts mental health support program

A storm slowly taking shape out to our west will turn winds, gusting at times up to 20 mph, from the southeast. The south bit of the wind will help to draw some warmer air into Northeast Kansas, Wednesday. Highs ...

Carrillo Semi Video

Kansas Highway Patrol video showing Technical Trooper Raul Carrillo rescuing the driver of a burning semi trailer loaded with diesel fuel on Feb. 21, 2018, on the Kansas Turnpike in Butler County.

Davis rallies teachers at Statehouse

Former Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, who is now a candidate for the 2nd District congressional seat, speaks to teachers rallyting at the Statehouse Saturday urging passage of a five-year, $500 milllion increase in K-12 education funding.

Abused and dismissed

Mark McMeans, 52, of Meeker, Okla., accused James Jackson of sexually abusing him in 1975 at Arrowhead Junior High School, where McMeans was a seventh-grader and Jackson the vice principal. In a theme that develops over his life, Jackson is accused of abusing children but faces few repercussions.

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.

Morning check with Bill Lacy

We checked in with Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute of Politics, at about 10 a.m. Tuesday for his early thoughts on the election.

Halloween Light Show

Lee Howe, who lives at 2020 Pebble Lane, spent countless hours setting up a Halloween display in his front yard. The display is made up of grave stones and pumpkins and a pirate ship guided by a scary captain, all illuminated with hundreds of LED lights for the show.

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.