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Kansas City family blames Trump after mom’s deportation

BOCA DEL RÍO, Mexico — It’s almost as if Letty Stegall is there, back home in the United States, beside her daughter to prod her awake for school. When her husband goes to the grocery store, she fusses over the list with him. At the bar she helped run, she still gives regulars a warm ...

Trump tariffs ‘manageable’ for Wichita so far

WICHITA — More than a month after tariffs were issued by President Donald Trump’s administration on imported raw materials and finished goods, Wichita manufacturers said they’re holding their own. Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from China, Canada, Mexico and the ...

Orman launches TV ad in independent bid for Kansas governor

TOPEKA — Independent candidate Greg Orman has launched a television advertising campaign in the Kansas governor's race even before securing a spot on the November ballot. Orman's campaign announced Monday that it has started airing the 30-second spot attacking the two-party system on ...

Spencer Museum solves decades-long mystery of painting’s unidentified artist

Researchers at the Spencer Museum of Art have just solved a mystery more than 60 years in the making. The artist behind one of the museum’s most beloved works, a nearly life-size portrait of “Mrs. Thomas Pelham,” was finally revealed this week as British portraitist and illustrator John ...

Proposed Baldwin City, Eudora 2019 budgets keep mill levies steady

Flat is a word that defines the 2019 mill levies proposed for the cities of Baldwin City and Eudora. Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden and Eudora City Manager Barack Matite said proposed 2019 budgets will keep flat the mill levies of their respective cities of 44.498 mills in Baldwin ...

Westar to build solar power farm in Baldwin City

Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden says the hot summer sun should be working for residents of the southern Douglas County city by this time next year. On July 17, The Baldwin City Council agreed to start negotiations with Westar Energy to build a solar panel farm at the city public works ...

Healthy Outlook: Make the most of the little free time you get

After a short-term schedule change, you can call me a morning empathizer. Suffice to say I had forgotten how hectic and chaotic the typical 9-to-5 workday is. Consider my cognizance reborn. Most of my time on the clock is spent at the copy desk each week. I come in with the rest of the copy ...

City leaders discuss prospect of merging city and county government

In the midst of budget discussions for the City of Lawrence and Douglas County, some city leaders are asking whether the two governments should become one. Commissioner Leslie Soden raised the topic at the City Commission’s meeting Tuesday, during a discussion of the city’s long-term ...

Work underway to make old lumberyard into brewery, pizza place

All Lawrence is missing is a Tom T. Hall statue, and an order proclaiming his song “I Like Beer” as the town’s anthem. (If you aren’t a 1970s country music fan, you are missing out on Hall — and belt buckles that double as dinner plates.) All this is to say that Lawrence, indeed, is ...

Reconstruction, road closures on East Ninth Street begin this week

Reconstruction of a 5-block stretch of East Ninth Street will begin Monday, and the city has announced the first street closures related to the project. The approximately $2 million project will be completed in four phases over the span of approximately four months. The project will replace ...

Increase in inmate cell time adds to stress at county jail

Overcrowding is giving inmates less time to take advantage of the already limited exercise opportunities at the Douglas County Jail, Undersheriff Gary Bunting says. The number of inmates in all classifications of male maximum-, medium- and minimum-security continues to exceed cells available ...

Douglas County 4-H Dog Show unofficially gets 2018 fair underway

Tristen Kapelle came to Saturday’s Douglas County 4-H Dog Show with one goal in mind. “I’m here to win,” the 13-year-old Palmyra 4-H Club member said. Two hours later, Tristen and his Australian blue heeler Tripp left the show with the best-in-show Mary Berg Award for showmanship. ...

Leavenworth County Fair returns this week

Whether it’s the plentiful 4-H, FFA and open exhibits, the carnival rides or the fried food goodness, a Tonganoxie tradition dating back more than 90 years is almost here. The Leavenworth County Fair, which dates back to 1926, starts Tuesday. This year’s fair theme is “Fun for the Whole ...

Liberal icon, new Democratic star wade into GOP-heavy Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place Friday, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district. "We know that ...

Kansas illness linked to Hy-Vee pasta salad salmonella outbreak

The grocery store chain Hy-Vee Inc. recalled its store-brand spring pasta salad earlier this week after 20 people got salmonella in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Health officials found another case on Friday, in Kansas. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has ...