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Why are people obese? Political efforts can be tricky because Republicans and Democrats answer differently, KU research shows

Since when did being fat become a political issue? Some University of Kansas professors say their research has shown that over the past decade people’s political leanings, along with their own weight categories, increasingly contribute to how they view obesity and what the government should or shouldn’t do about it.

Austrian convicted of hate speech relating to Muslims to address Douglas County GOP; demonstration planned

Demonstrators are planning to greet an Austrian speaker who was convicted in her home country of hate speech as she visits Lawrence Tuesday at the invitation of the Douglas County Republican Party.

Local students to protest against transgender bathroom bill on Sunday

A group of Lawrence students are taking to the streets this weekend in protest of a Kansas bill that would require transgender students in public schools to use the restrooms associated with their gender at birth. The bill, introduced last month by Republican Rep. John Whitmer of Wichita, would also apply to locker rooms in schools as well as accommodations for students on overnight trips.

KU provost hosting forum on president’s immigration order

The University of Kansas Office of the Provost plans an informational forum on President Donald Trump’s executive order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.”

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KU chancellor: Students, employees from countries in immigration order advised to avoid international travel

The University of Kansas is advising students and employees from the seven countries affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration to avoid international travel, for now.

Longtime KU political science professor, known for challenging students, dies at 73

For years Allan Cigler taught an entry-level honors political science class at the University of Kansas, which became a mini-pipeline of sorts for students aspiring to major in the field. “After that class, out of 20 students we’d get 10 or 12 majors because he was so good,” said longtime colleague Burdett Loomis, also a KU professor of political science. “He loved the interaction with new students, challenging them."

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Hundreds from Lawrence area participating in Women's March on Washington

At least three chartered buses are leaving from Lawrence for the capital; other residents to join affiliated marches in Topeka, KC

On Saturday, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, tens of thousands are expected to participate in the Women’s March on Washington. Hundreds of Lawrence and area residents are on their way.

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‘Help. Please Help!’ KU’s Dole Institute creating exhibition about Vietnam War POW/MIA wives turned activists

In the early years of the Vietnam War, wives of men missing in action or taken as prisoners were terrified to speak out about their husbands’ plights, according to historian Heath Hardage Lee. “The military ordered the POW/MIA wives and their families to adhere to a ‘Keep Quiet’ policy,” Lee said. “At the start of the Vietnam conflict, the wives were informed that if they talked about their husbands' capture, it might negatively affect the men’s treatment in prison and hurt their chances of returning home.” A grassroots organization that helped turn that around is the focus of an upcoming exhibition being created by the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

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Barack Obama’s 12 most memorable speeches; KU expert discusses outgoing president's rhetorical legacy

University of Kansas professor of communication studies Robert “Robin” Rowland has had his eye — or rather his ear — on President Barack Obama since 2004. “We get somebody with Obama’s set of rhetorical skills about once a generation,” Rowland said. “President Obama is a skillful deliverer of a speech, but what makes him stand out is what he has to say.”

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Brownback outlines initiatives to help bring more doctors to rural Kansas

KU Medical Center leader responds to possibility

Gov. Sam Brownback has outlined two long-term initiatives designed to bring more doctors to rural Kansas.

Lights, Camera, Films for Action: FFA kicks off 2009 with screening of "I.O.U.S.A."

Lawrence resident Tim Hjersted fired up Films for Action four years ago as a forum to present activist-minded films to local audiences. FFA will also reach the KU campus in 2009 thanks to Will Stewart-Starks, who is planning screenings at ...

100-year-old Kansas woman lines up for tickets to presidential visit

Olathe resident Fern Coffin, who is 100 years old, joined members of her family Tuesday, January 20, 2015, and waited in line for hours at the Douglas County Fairgrounds to secure tickets to see President Barack Obama speak Thursday at Kansas University.

Occupy Lawrence protesters come to Massachusetts Street

Event organizer Lori Learned Robinson talks about the Occupy Lawrence protest, an offshoot of the national Occupy Wall Street movement.

Jerry Moran discusses the debt ceiling at Lawrence Public Library

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran gives his thoughts on the debt ceiling during a town hall-style meeting at the Lawrence Public Library on Monday.

Gov. Brownback delivers first state address

Governor Sam Brownback delivered his first State of the State Address on Wednesday. Brownback outlined plans to move the state forward. 6News reporter Will DuPree explains why growing the economy is a top priority.

Governor-elect Sam Brownback talks about his priorities after being sworn in

Governor-Elect Sam Brownback speaks about economic development, education and medicaid in an interview with the Journal-World, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.

Reports say Moore's wife will seek nomination

Dennis Moore's wife may aim for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional district in the next election.

Misconduct complaint to get full hearing

A misconduct complaint against the house speaker is going to receive a full hearing. The complaint comes from conflict-of-interest concerns.

Highway advocates push $10 billion transportation plan

Money could be allocated to help construct the South Lawrence Trafficway if a bill makes its way through Washington.

Thornburgh joins Brownback campaign

Two Kansas political leaders have gone from rivals to teammates.

Jenkins speaks to both sides of issue at KU

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins addressed both sides of the health care issue at the Dole Institute of Politics of the KU campus Tuesday. Jenkins heads back to Washington next week.