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Company sees retaliation in Kansas ending literacy grant

TOPEKA — The president of the company that formerly ran a literacy program for Kansas’ public elementary schools alleged Monday that the state canceled the multimillion-dollar grant in “retaliation” for the firm’s opposition to major changes state officials were seeking. The Kansas ...

Lawrence businessman found guilty in $15M bank loan scheme

A Lawrence businessman has been found guilty on four counts of bank fraud and two counts of making false bank statements, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice. At the time of the crimes — almost a decade ago — Troy A. Gregory was a Lawrence resident and an executive ...

Lawrence transit administrator hired away by Topeka

After a decade with the City of Lawrence, Public Transit Administrator Bob Nugent will soon move west to oversee Topeka Metro's bus service, the organization announced Monday. Nugent came to Lawrence from Murfreesboro, Tenn., in spring 2009 as the city began to coordinate its bus service with ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 19

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 237 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Survey finds 1,040 Kansans ignored school bus stop signs in 1 day

TOPEKA — Kansas education officials are expressing concern that many motorists are ignoring a state law that requires them to stop when approaching a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading children. A recent survey found 1,040 motorists illegally passed school buses in Kansas during ...

One injured in Sunday night shooting; no arrests made yet

One man was found shot late Sunday night near 23rd Street, the Lawrence Police Department has confirmed. Just after 11 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a report of a shooting in the 700 block of W. 23rd Street, police spokesman Patrick Compton said early Monday morning via email. Officers ...

Latest Douglas County court filings for Aug. 19, 2019

Marriages Jacob Lee Holle, 28, Lawrence, and Courtney Alexandra Chacon, 27, Lawrence. Jacob Joseph Herrmann, 30, Lawrence, and Hailey Christine Freese, 25, Lawrence. Jeffery Leland Kueser, 55, Tecumseh, and Michelle Lee Kueser, 56, Lawrence. Junaid Hassan Mehmand, 22, Lawrence, and Anne ...

Neglected eyesore transformed into a functional home

For years, nobody seemed interested in the house at 646 Rhode Island St., except the pigeons who roosted inside. The house — with its wraparound front porch, just a block from downtown — sat empty and on the market for years. Pipes had burst in a second-floor bathroom and soaked the ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 18

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and includes 283 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

2 killed, 2 injured in Jefferson County car accident

Two men were killed and two injured in a single-vehicle accident Saturday in Jefferson County. According to an online Kansas Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred at about 10:20 p.m. Saturday when John F. Lewis, 43, of Ozawkie, was northbound on Kansas Highway 237 about 4 miles north of ...