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GROWING CRIME
March 15, 1990
Crime statistics released recently by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation show an alarming trend for both the state and Douglas County. The number of violent crimes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault rose by 13.3 percent across the state from 1988 to 1989 and by 9 percent in Douglas County. Perhaps even more alarming is the sharp increase in the number of murders in Kansas. There were 140 murders in Kansas in 1989 compared with 95 murders in 1988, an increase of 47 percent. Six murders occured in Douglas County last year. That was a tremendous increase over the one murder in 1988.
BUSINESSMAN EXPLAINS CABLE TV
March 15, 1990
A handful of Linwood residents attended a public hearing Wednesday night to question a Lawrence man who plans to install a cable television system in town. City Clerk Ellenor Large said this morning that six people attended the public hearing to find out how John Watkins, owner of Blue Star Cable Inc., proposes to bring cable television to Linwood.
WELLSVILLE SCHEDULES SPECIAL MEETING
March 15, 1990
The Wellsville City Council on Wednesday voted to hold a special meeting to consider city insurance proposals. City Clerk Donna Reed said today that the council will meet in special session at 7 p.m. Monday to consider two insurance proposals from two companies.
BILLARD SERVICES
March 15, 1990
Private services for Mary Ann Billard, 94, Waverly, will be Saturday at Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle, Ill. Burial will follow at Peru, Ill. Mrs. Billard died Tuesday at a Waverly nursing home.
OPAL CONDUCY
March 15, 1990
FAIRBANKS, Alaska Opal (Wiggins) Conducy, 68, a former Lawrence resident, died Jan. 25 in Fairbanks, Alaska, after a long battle with cancer. Burial is planned in Fairbanks this May.
SRS HIRING FREEZE STALLS KANWORK PROGRAM
March 15, 1990
A program to get Douglas County welfare recipients into the workforce will start later than anticipated because of a hiring freeze at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Douglas County and six other counties were to begin participating April 1 in KanWork, a program instituted by the SRS that makes high school and college coursework and vocational training available to welfare recipients.
IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS REVIEWING RECORDS
March 15, 1990
Federal immigration and naturalization officials continue reviewing hundreds of employment records of two Lawrence restaurants to determine whether the establishments violated immigration laws, a regional director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service said this morning. Ron Sanders, regional director of INS in Kansas City, Mo., said INS officials continue to investigate about 200 employee records at Panda Garden restaurant, 1500 W. Sixth, and Plum Tree restaurant, 2620 Iowa.
T TOLERATE OVERSPENDING
March 15, 1990
During an appearance in Lawrence on Wednesday night, Gov. Mike Hayden said some bills being considered by the Kansas Legislature could be headed for a veto unless lawmakers trim spending. Talking to a reporter during a House of Representatives Political Action Committee fund-raiser at the Lawrence Holidome, Hayden said lawmakers have proposed spending $50 million to $60 million more than is available.
CITY DELAYS MANAGER SESSION
March 15, 1990
Interviews with city manager candidates are complete, and the Lawrence City Commission will continue its selection task Friday afternoon. Commissioners met in executive session this morning for nearly two hours at the Eldridge Hotel to discuss their interviews with five candidates. Those interviews were conducted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
SENATE APPROVES REGENTS BUDGET BILL
March 15, 1990
Five amendments were prepared in advance of Senate debate Wednesday on a budget for Kansas Board of Regents universities, but none was offered and the $909 million appropriations bill sailed through with minimal debate. For most Kansans the bottom line is that in the next fiscal year the bill allocates $22.4 million more in direct state taxpayer support for the seven regents’ institutions than legislators approved for the current fiscal year.
CONCERNS RAISED OVER SOLICITATION FIRM
March 15, 1990
Members of a Lawrence civic group said today that they hope concerns raised about a telephone solicitation company they hired won’t ruin their plans for a benefit show next month. The Kansas attorney general’s office received a phone call March 2 from a Lawrence resident who was concerned whether the solicitation firm, Stiner Productions of Springfield, Mo., was a legitimate business.
PERMITS RENEWED FOR ASPHALT PLANTS
March 15, 1990
Douglas County commissioners are keeping the door open for an Ottawa quarry company to run temporary asphalt and concrete plants near Globe and Eudora. On Wednesday, the commissioners renewed two-year temporary use permits for the plants at Killough Inc. quarries two miles south of Globe and a mile northeast of Eudora.
LATE $816 BILL PROMPTS COUNTY TO PROTEST COLLEGE TUITION COST
March 15, 1990
An $816 bill for community college tuition from last year was the last straw Wednesday for Douglas County officials. Douglas County commissioners received the bill Wednesday but voted to table paying it indefinitely.
SENATE APPROVES $3.8 MILLION FOR KU, MED CENTER PROJECTS
March 15, 1990
The Kansas Senate laid the foundation this week for stronger funding of capital improvement projects at Board of Regents universities. On Tuesday the Senate approved a bill that divides $17.3 million among seven regents institutions for dozens of repair, maintenance, remodeling and construction projects.
RESIDENTS OFTEN HIT THE ROAD FOR SHOPPING
March 15, 1990
Go to Topeka’s Westridge Mall or Overland Park’s Oak Park Mall on any given day and check out the license tags on the cars parked in their lots. Chances are it won’t take very long to find the familiar “DG” sticker in the upper left-hand corner of a license tag, identifying the vehicle as owned by a Douglas County resident.
ORIENTATION TO FOCUS ON CULTURAL DIVERSITY
March 15, 1990
Starting this summer, part of Kansas University’s orientation for new students will focus on cultural diversity on campus. Providing time for minority orientation was recommended by the Campus Climate Implementation Team, a subcommittee of the Minority Issues Task Force, which formed at KU in March 1988. Marshall Jackson, interim director of the Office of Minority Affairs, said that several recommendations by the task force were being implemented at KU.
MENTAL HEALTH BILL FAILS TO ADDRESS HOUSING, EXPERTS SAY
March 15, 1990
A bill passed Wednesday in the Kansas House could help provide community-based housing for long-term mentally ill adults, although a lot depends on the amount of funding put into the bill, say local mental health officials. Under the Mental Health Reform Act, which passed by an 84-38 vote Wednesday, 30 mental health centers across the state, such as the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence, would be used to reduce the population of state mental hospitals.
FOR THE RECORD
March 15, 1990
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
S HEALTHYTHRIVING
March 15, 1990
Bob Johnson Sr. looks back to the early 1980s and recalls a Lawrence with a much weaker economic pulse. “I can remember talking to different people in those years, they just weren’t very optimistic,” said Johnson, president of Douglas County Development Inc., a coalition of private business people and public officials who market East Hills Business Park.
T OFF WHEN GAME ENDS
March 15, 1990
To the winners go the spoils. But to the winners of first-round basketball games in the NCAA Tournament also go drug tests. In fact, it was here three years ago that Kansas basketball players underwent NCAA post-game drug testing procedures for the first time. It wasn’t, in all cases, a speedy process.
DESPITE FUSS OVER REAPPRAISAL, MANY THINK TAX INCREASES FAIR
March 15, 1990
The chant echoed through the Statehouse back in January, shortly before Gov. Mike Hayden delivered his state of the state address: “Two, four, six, eight, roll them back to ‘88.” The deriding cheer was shouted by a large and vocal group protesting increased property taxes the result of statewide property reappraisal.
SECOND CHANCE DANCE TO RAISE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
March 15, 1990
Call it a dance. Call it an art auction. Call it a benefit. Better yet, call it a way to help slow-starting students. Or call it by its name: the Second Chance Dance.
ROBERT MORRIS HOPES TO EARN RESPECT
March 15, 1990
Robert Morris’ never-ending quest for respect continues Friday night. That’s when the Colonials, 22-7 and seeded 15th out of 16 teams in the NCAA’s East Regional, face second-seeded Kansas, 29-4.
PRICE ENJOYING KU CAMARADERIE
March 15, 1990
Don’t let those three-piece suits and ties they wear in airports fool you. Kansas’ basketball players aren’t stuffed-shirts. They’re guys who aren’t above pulling a prank or two on unsuspecting members of the traveling party.
S ONLY BID
March 15, 1990
Marian Washington says she almost can understand how Kansas was overlooked for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. That doesn’t mean she agrees with it. But the KU coach says there’s no excuse for having only one Big Eight school league tourney winner Oklahoma State in the NCAA field.
HOSPITAL REPORT
March 15, 1990
ADMISSIONS Jean Fulks, Eudora.
8 COUNTIES ARE DECLARED DISASTER AREAS
March 15, 1990
Jefferson County is among the eight counties declared by Gov. Mike Hayden to be disaster areas after violent storms that spawned tornadoes Monday and Tuesday. The declaration means federal assistance may be available to help replace or repair property damaged by the violent weather.
SECOND CHANCE DANCE TO RAISE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
March 15, 1990
Call it a dance. Call it an art auction. Call it a benefit. Better yet, call it a way to help slow-starting students. Or call it by its name: the Second Chance Dance.
1 CHARGE DISMISSED IN TRIAL IN OSKALOOSA
March 15, 1990
One of the three charges against a man accused of murder in Jefferson County District Court was dropped Wednesday by the prosecution. Gale Hewitt, 26, rural Valley Falls, is charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Randall Lane Malbrough, 31, Oskaloosa, who was shot to death early the morning of Oct. 21 outside the Leavenworth County Co-op mill just north of Oskaloosa.