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Preservation group strikes deal to buy property near downtown

Here’s your chance to own a house that is next door to a property known for beer-drinking and gymnastics. Sure, there probably are plenty of chances to buy such a house in certain Lawrence neighborhoods, but this one is unique nonetheless. The Lawrence Preservation Alliance has struck a ...

Home security video captures man setting Lawrence house on fire, leads to arrest

Some Lawrence residents’ home surveillance video captured footage of a man setting fire to the outside of their house this weekend. After the residents shared that video with authorities, a suspect was arrested the following day on suspicion of aggravated arson, jail records show. The ...

KDOT begins study to address dramatically increased traffic on K-10’s west leg

The official traffic count on the Kansas Department of Transportation website pegs at 6,080 the number of vehicles per day using Kansas Highway 10 — the South Lawrence Trafficway — in the first mile just west of U.S. Highway 59. If that seems woefully low to those who regularly drive that ...

Douglas County Commission candidates agree on need for criminal justice study

The three Democrats vying for the 1st District Douglas County Commission position agreed on the need for a comprehensive study into the county’s criminal justice system, but they had different views on how to best finance expanded behavioral health services. The Voter Education Coalition ...

Downtown prepares for 59th annual Sidewalk Sale

As she tended to cleanup chores Sunday at the Dusty Bookshelf, clerk Caroline Huff said she knew how she would be spending Thursday. “We’re all working,” she said of the used bookstore’s staff. “It’s like the busiest day of the year.” Dusty Bookshelf’s manager has selected ...

Local candidates for Kansas House share views at Lawrence forums

Local candidates who are involved in contested primaries for seats in the Kansas House shared their views on issues ranging from school finance and taxes to guns and abortion during a pair of forums Saturday at Lawrence City Hall. The two Republican primaries that will take place Aug. 7 will ...

Survey: Most black and Hispanic residents think local police are biased

Story updated at 7:30 p.m. July 13, 2018. The results of a community survey indicate that most Lawrence residents of color think Lawrence police are biased against their community. The City of Lawrence commissioned Allegro Training & Consulting to conduct the survey and related analysis ...

Man reportedly tries to abduct jogger on Lawrence nature trail

A man reportedly attacked and tried to abduct a woman jogging early Thursday morning on the Prairie Park Nature Center trail in eastern Lawrence, police say. The suspect may have been intending sexual assault, based on additional actions he took, according to a Lawrence Police Department news ...

City leaders weigh in on what to do with $2.25 million budget surplus

City leaders will soon decide what to do with more than $2 million of additional revenue for this year, and early discussions point to the city putting it in a reserve fund or spending it rather than using it to directly provide tax relief. As part of their work session this week, Lawrence ...

The Merc plans downtown KCK store, nears completion on Lawrence solar project

Downtown Kansas City, Kan., is on track to have a bit of a Lawrence feel to it. No, the honk for hemp guy isn’t changing residences. Instead, it is another green Lawrence institution: The Merc. The cooperative grocer that is based at Ninth and Iowa streets has reached a tentative deal to ...

Kansas governor, rival now demanding removal of flag art from KU museum; KU remains mum

TOPEKA — Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer and a top GOP rival called Thursday for the University of Kansas to remove an altered U.S. flag from its campus completely rather than showing it in an art museum after complaints prompted an end to its being displayed publicly outside. Colyer and other ...

Kansas governor orders 19 extra flags flown at Statehouse after KU art flap

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has ordered additional American flags flown outside the Statehouse in response to a university's now-relocated public art display featuring an altered flag. Colyer spokesman Kendall Marr said the Republican governor ordered the 19 additional flags to go up Wednesday ...