News

Kansas Senate president demotes GOP senator for endorsing Democrats

TOPEKA — Republican Senate President Susan Wagle on Wednesday stripped fellow GOP Sen. Barbara Bollier, R-Mission Hills, from her leadership position on a key committee after Bollier endorsed two Democrats in the upcoming elections. Wagle, of Wichita, issued a statement Wednesday calling ...

Coffee, beer and music come together at new Iowa Street pub

Maybe Lawrence businessman Shaun Trenholm has come up with the next great political slogan, courtesy of his new business Shaun & Sons Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse. “Our slogan is 'It takes a pub in every village,'” Trenholm said. (I know some politicians who are willing to do the ...

Abortion rights advocates hope Iowa case will influence Kansas

TOPEKA — In a case that abortion rights advocates hope will have an impact in Kansas, the Iowa Supreme Court earlier this month struck down a law in that state that imposed a 72-hour waiting period after a woman sees a doctor before she could have an abortion, saying such a law violates the ...

ACLU flyer sparks further sparring between Colyer, Kobach

WICHITA — The American Civil Liberties Union is defending a flyer it mailed comparing the civil rights records of the leading Republican candidates for Kansas governor, calling it voter education. Secretary of State Kris Kobach pointed to the flyer in seeking to portray Gov. Jeff Colyer as ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 176 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

KU starting research center to study addictions, treatment

A center that will study addictions and how to treat them is being created on the University of Kansas campus. The university says in a news release that graduate Daniel Logan and his wife, Gladys Cofrin, donated $2 million to start the Cofrin-Logan Center for Addiction Research & ...

Westar customers may see rate drops amid settlement

WICHITA — A settlement between Kansas agencies and Westar Energy may lead to utility customers seeing rate drops instead of previously expected increases. The Wichita Eagle reports that the settlement reached Monday would reverse Westar's request for a $17 million rate increase and turn it ...

Kobach says he wants to do for Kansas what Trump has done for U.S.

WICHITA — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has told Donald Trump Jr. at a fundraising event that he wants to do for Kansas what the president has done for the country's blue-collar workers. The president's son arrived nearly two hours late for a Wichita fundraiser for Kobach's campaign ...

Watkins Museum to unveil new window displays at open house

The Watkins Museum of History will hold an open house Sunday afternoon to unveil new displays on the museum’s large third-floor windows, according to a news release. The new panels on the windows will feature full-color images that tell stories from Douglas County's history, the release ...

5,000 miles and counting for KU’s new bike-share program; expansion planned

With 12,000 documented rides and more than 5,000 miles ridden, the University of Kansas is celebrating a successful rollout of its fledgling bike-share service. KU’s Center for Sustainability released those numbers — and a few other interesting figures on the new program — earlier this ...

Discount tool retailer plans to open store on 23rd Street

I frequently speculate about tools. (Surely these wire cutters are insulated against electrical shock.) Well, I actually can report on some tool speculation that has turned out better. Over the past couple months I’ve speculated that the tool retailer Harbor Freight was coming to Lawrence, ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 17

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. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 190 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...