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Nomination deadline for Phoenix Awards is next week

The deadline to submit nominations for the city’s 21st annual Phoenix Awards is next week.

Kansas election official says voting systems secure from hackers

Bryan Caskey, director of elections in Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office, says he's confident the state's voter registration rolls are secure from hackers. His comments came after the FBI sent alerts advising that foreign hackers had broken into some state election systems.

Lawrence man asks Kansas Supreme Court to order grand jury probe of Kobach

A Douglas County District Court judge recently rejected a citizen petition to summon a grand jury to investigate allegations that Secretary of State Kris Kobach has deliberately suppressed voter registrations in Kansas. Steven X. Davis is now asking the Kansas Supreme Court to reverse that decision and order the district court to call a grand jury.

Lawrence police officer named in excessive force lawsuit no longer employed by the department

A Lawrence police officer accused of using excessive force during the arrest of a local firefighter no longer works for the department, the city says. Tuesday was the last day of work for Lawrence Police Officer Frank McClelland, who is listed among the defendants in an excessive use of force lawsuit filed against the city, said Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard. He began working for the department on April 5, 2010.

Jill Stein wins slot on Kansas presidential ballot

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will appear as an independent on the Kansas presidential ballot.

On the water or off, rowing offers numerous health benefits

Every year in the early fall, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department offers an introductory class on rowing at the University of Kansas Boathouse in Burcham Park. And every year since the program’s launch in 2010, folks have continued to sign up for the one-time class, which sends would-be rowers in boats down the Kansas River, weather permitting, with coaches and student-athletes from KU’s rowing team guiding them through the ABCs of the sport.

Datebook: KU's Women of Distinction, film and panel on gun violence and more events for Aug. 30

Lawrence and area events for Aug. 30, 2016.

Firefighter says police arrested him without cause and broke his arm, files suit against city

A Lawrence firefighter suing the city says he voiced his disapproval over police brutality and left the scene under arrest and with a broken arm. The lawsuit, which accuses the Lawrence Police Department of using both excessive and negligent force, could cost the city nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

Republican River settlement to bring more water to Kansas

The state of Kansas has reached an agreement with Colorado and Nebraska that will make sure farmers in north-central Kansas have access to their share of water out of the Republican River basin. Officials say they hope the deal will end nearly 20 years of litigation over water rights.

Shareholders to vote on Westar-Great Plains merger

Shareholders of Westar Energy in Topeka and Great Plains Energy, which owns Kansas City Power and Light, will meet Sept. 26 to vote on a proposed merger between the two electric utilities.

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.