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Lawrence needs volunteers to help make downtown a more flowery place

Lawrence is putting out a call to anyone who might want to make the city a more colorful, flowery place, the city said in a release.

Lawrence commission advisory committee discusses plans, timeline for filling vacancy

As of Thursday, no applications had been submitted for the seat left open on the Lawrence City Commission by former Mayor Jeremy Farmer's sudden resignation in July. On Thursday evening, most of the 12-member City Commission Vacancy Advisory Committee met for the first time to discuss plans to help fill the vacancy. By Conrad Swanson

Leavenworth town hall meeting shows opposition to Gitmo transfer

More than 200 people turned out for a town hall meeting to express their opinions about the possibility of transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to the military prison at Fort Leavenworth. Most residents and local government officials said they were vehemently opposed. And the few who criticized current military policy were quickly shouted down by the rest of the audience. By Peter Hancock

Coroner: November stabbing death of Lawrence woman, 19, was 'overkill,' 'personal'

Witnesses testifying Thursday in a 19-year-old Lawrence man’s preliminary hearing on his charge of first-degree murder recounted the brutal way 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso, of Lawrence, was killed in November. By Caitlin Doornbos

Ottawa's Old West Cowboy Days to return this weekend with longhorn drive down Main Street

After six years, admirers of cowboy culture have reason to dust off their spurs and squeeze into their chaps once again: Ottawa’s Old West Cowboy Days is back this weekend after a long break.

State legislators confirm three new Board of Regents members

The Kansas Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee this week approved Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointments of three new members of the Kansas Board of Regents, according to an announcement from the Regents.

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Showcase of sunflowers near Tonganoxie should be in peak bloom in coming days

A local landmark that fills the countryside with a sea of yellow for a short spell each year soon should be buzzing again. Grinter Farms again has planted its crop — roughly 1 million sunflower seeds — and the radiant colors of thousands of sunflowers soon will be on display.

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Former Lawrence High wrestler Wright-Conklin dies in motorcycle crash

Former Lawrence High wrestler Reece Wright-Conklin died Thursday morning in a motorcycle crash in Wichita, Newman University announced.

Court stays ruling that could strip state judicial branch of funding

A Shawnee County judge has stayed an order issued Wednesday that could result in stripping the state court system of funding. The ruling struck down a new law that changes the way chief judges in district courts are chosen. But Kansas lawmakers made funding for the entire judicial branch contingent on that new law being upheld. By Peter Hancock

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Hangover cures at Lawrence restaurants: Dishes for the morning after a night out

With fall semester at Kansas University and Haskell Indian Nations University officially underway, we thought we’d celebrate the students’ return with a roundup of some of the many hangover-approved dishes (from the greasy to the greasier) available at local restaurants. By Joanna Hlavacek

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.