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KU Memorial Union proposes $45 million renovation; students will vote on whether to fund it

The University of Kansas Memorial Union is proposing a $45 million renovation to the building, and asking KU students to pay for it with a long-term fee increase. KU students will vote this spring on whether to add a $50 per semester fee, which would stay in place 30 years, to pay for the union renovations.

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Lawrence Virtual School students get a taste of the classroom at first-ever Fall Learning Festival

Joseph Brinlee is homeschooled, which means he doesn’t get the chance to learn alongside other kids his age on most days. But Friday morning, he admitted, was “kind of different,” not just for Brinlee, but for the two dozen Lawrence Virtual School students who took a break from their regular studies to venture outside the house and into the classroom.

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African Americans far more likely to be arrested, searched and cited by law enforcement, according to local anecdotal survey

Black men and women are far more likely to be arrested, searched and cited by Douglas County law enforcement than white men and women, results from a recent survey show.

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Spirit Halloween store under fire for Native American-themed costumes

At Lawrence’s Spirit Halloween costume store, customers have their pick of spooky outfits. During the lunch hour Friday, shoppers drifted through aisles filled with creepy witches, demonic-looking clowns and all manner of monsters and ghouls. Outside the store, however, a group stood on the sidewalk in protest of costumes far scarier, in their opinion, than any ghost or zombie.

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Stepfather of infant found in trash transferred to Douglas County to face attempted murder, abuse charges

A Lawrence man accused of attempting to murder his 9-month-old stepdaughter has been transferred to the Douglas County Jail to face criminal charges.

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WOW announces sale of Lawrence cable TV, internet operations; change may lead to gigabit service

Company officials have announced the sale of WOW, which provides cable, telecom and internet services in the Lawrence area.

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Two of three people suspected of North Lawrence armed robbery arrested

Two of three people suspected of invading a North Lawrence home on Wednesday and robbing the residents at gunpoint have been arrested, police say.

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Haskell backpedals on statement; Office of Inspector General investigation of nepotism complaint is ongoing

Bureau of Indian Education human resources investigation, however, found no wrongdoing

Haskell Indian Nations University has released a new statement clearing up some discrepancy about an investigation into alleged nepotism at the school. While a federal human resources investigation into the nepotism complaint has concluded, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Inspector General continues.

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Kids Vote program involves students in electoral process

Lawrence’s youngest citizens may not be old enough to legally vote in next month’s elections, but they’ll still have a chance to cast their ballots come Nov. 8. On Election Day, the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence will host pint-sized “polling stations” at its 14 elementary school sites across the Lawrence school district, where kids will be able to “vote” for their preferred presidential, vice presidential and congressional candidates.

Sexual assault involving a minor is under investigation, police say

Police say they are investigating a reported sexual assault involving a minor; however, few other details are available.

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.