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Poll: Kansas Legislature far to the right of most Kansans

A new poll shows most Kansans support expanding Medicaid and legalizing marijuana, and they oppose unrestricted concealed-carry rights. But those views are out of sync with major policies being adopted this year in the Kansas Legislature. By Peter Hancock

Kansas AG seeks up to $450K to defend new anti-abortion law

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is telling legislators that defending a new anti-abortion law in court could cost the state up to $450,000.

Kansans watch closely as Supreme Court hears gay marriage cases

The question of whether states must allow same-sex marriages could be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court before the case in Kansas ever comes to trial. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in four cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Currently in Kansas, same-sex marriages are only authorized in Douglas and Sedgwick counties while a lawsuit challenging the state's ban is pending in federal district court. By Peter Hancock

National Bike to School Day coming May 6

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is encouraging students to walk or bike to school on May 6 in celebration of National Bike to School Day.

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Nepalese students at KU collecting money for earthquake relief

Members of the Kansas University Nepalese Student Association are collecting money to help with Nepal earthquake relief. Club members are accepting donations today at a table on Level 4 of the the Kansas Union, where they plan to be until 7 p.m. Donations also can be delivered or mailed to the KU Nepalese Student Association account at Commerce Bank. By Sara Shepherd

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Only in Lawrence: Jim Bennett has 'a passion for language,' and sharing it

Jim Bennett sits quietly near the end of a long table in a side room of the Douglas County Senior Center. He is joined by four of his students. Removing his ball cap and yellow-tinted glasses, Bennett addresses the group. "¡Hola!¿Llueve mucho donde tu vivés?" He greets the class, asking if it is raining. "No, hace sol," he says, gesturing toward the window to show the class there is sun this day rather than rain. Deliberately, Bennett hands each of his students a single photocopied sheet of paper, the day's handwritten lesson. Spanish class is about to begin. By Conrad Swanson

Fix-It Chick: How to eradicate pine sawflies

If your pine tree is suddenly infested with a black-headed, Medusa-like worm, fear not — chances are the tree is simply hosting a colony of European Pine Sawfly larvae.

Business briefcase for April 27

Kansas Public Radio announced the conclusion of its spring membership drive after surpassing its fundraising goal.

Lied Center announces 2015-2016 season

The Lied Center of Kansas on Sunday announced its lineup for the 2015-2016 season, which will feature well-known acts such as "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Mamma Mia!", the Branford Marsalis Quartet and many others.

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Style and function come together in Chair Show

You can look, but you can’t touch. It’s a long-established rule at art museums and galleries around the world. But a new exhibit at Decade coffee shop, 920 Delaware St., invites guests to do more than just view the approximately 25 handcrafted chairs displayed around the store.

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 ...

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.

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.