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Archive for Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Top stories of 2000

December 20, 2000

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Starting today, the Journal-World, ljworld.com and 6News are inviting you to vote on the top 10 Kansas and Lawrence-area stories of the year. Using the ballot printed here, rank from 1 to 10 the stories you think were most important in each category. Send or bring your completed ballot by Dec. 27 to Stories of the Year, Lawrence Journal-World, 609 N.H., Lawrence, 66044.

Statewide:

__ Amtrak derailment injures 20 near Carbondale

__ Menninger Clinic announces move to Houston

__ Olathe man charged in slaying of six women, including five whose bodies were found in barrels

__ Parsons tornado destroys hundreds of homes, businesses

__ Weeks of hot, dry weather shrivel Kansas crops

__ EPA proposes tougher water quality standards for Kansas

__ Former Kansas lottery employee accused of stealing $63,000

__ Voters react to evolution controversy by removing two State Board of Education members

__ Democrat Dennis Moore wins second congressional term

__ EPA announces landmark $35 million settlement with Koch Industries

__ Helicopter crash kills two Topeka police officers

__ Proposed mergers of Western Resources-KCPL and Sprint-MCI fall through

__ Top legislative leaders announce retirement plans

__ Legislature strengthens Kansas Open Records Act

__ State Supreme Court hears first case under 1994 death penalty law

__ Three members of Hoyt family killed, deputy wounded in family dispute

__ Shawnee County sheriff removed from office

__ Former Gov. Robert Bennett dies

__ State weathers its budget crisis

__ Wichita plant becomes Boeing's nation's most heavily unionized aerospace plant

__ Amish mother and five daughters die in Roxbury fire

__ Camptown Greyhound Park near Frontenac reopens briefly before closing

__ Woman disarmed, arrested New Year's Day after holding hostages in Olathe bank

__ Girard couple and nurse shot to death in home

__ Brown County deputy, teen-ager die in related shootings

__ Lindsborg man pleads guilty to killing his three children

__ GOP infighting continues despite efforts by Gov. Bill Graves and Rep. Phill Kline to end it

__ Legislature approves ethics law requiring more lobbyist disclosure

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Lawrence-area:

__ American Eagle wins Lawrence tax abatement, then goes to Ottawa instead

__ Lawrence-area suffers hot, dry summer

__ Haskell Foundation troubles

__ Schools Supt. Kathleen Williams resigns

__ Randy Weseman named new schools superintendent

__ Men's basketball coach Roy Williams decides to stay at Kansas University

__ Raintree Montessori School fire

__ The World Company expansion announced

__ Farmers Cooperative Assn. files for bankruptcy protection

__ Report finds a dozen KU athletes had been sexually assaulted during their time at KU

__ No charges filed against KU football players accused in alleged assault on female soccer player

__ Dr. Kristin Neuhaus' continuing trouble with Kansas Board of Healing Arts

__ Dakota "Cody" Back killed by a friend in Oskaloosa home

__ Tornado rips through Tonganoxie

__ City bus system approved, starts running

__ City abandons South Lawrence Trafficway

__ Attempted robbery, hostage situation at Firstar Bank

__ Police officer in life and death struggle, assisted by passing motorist

__ Floyd Bledsoe convicted of murder

__ Douglas County elections

__ Downtown 2000 construction begins with Arts Center

__ City limits number of unrelated roommates

__ East Heights principal suspended, investigation

__ Terry McIntyre guilty of rape, robbery at Payless ShoeSource

__ Homeless man dragged to death by car

__ Renovated Murphy Hall opens

__ Low unemployment continues to make hiring difficult

__ Airport gets $3 million for expansion

__ City regulates number of unrelated roommates in single-family neighborhoods

__ Eighteen-year-old KU student killed in Kansas Turnpike crash blamed on road rage

__ Series of explosions rip through Farmland Inc. fertilizer plant

__ Downtown fire shutters businesses including Wheatfields bakery

__ Two KU students and a VISTA volunteer are killed in separate train-car collisions caused by drivers avoiding crossing gates in April

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