Tile mural honors KU building donors
A tile mural being installed at Kansas University's Joseph R. Pearson Hall will recognize donors who helped fund the building, which opened last year.
The mural, which should be finished this weekend, depicts three Jayhawks, former School of Education buildings, the Campanile, the Chi Omega fountain and the state seal.
KU will rededicate Pearson Hall during a ceremony April 21.
Above, Lawrence artist Steve Smith, who designed the mural, is shown installing it Thursday with Eric Wagner. The men work for Fired Earth Designs, 501 Tenn.
Severe spring storms may hit Lawrence today
Lawrence will likely receive its first dose of nasty spring weather today, with severe showers, hail and tornados possible.
The morning forecast calls for clouds, fog and muggy conditions with temperatures in the 60s.
The sun could peek out in the afternoon, but thunderstorms are expected to develop later.
Thunderstorms may be severe, with hail, high winds and possibly flash flooding late in the day. Eastern Kansas may experience isolated tornados as well.
"Unfortunately, it's normal spring weather in Kansas," said Weather Data meteorologist Jeff House.
House said people should keep tuned to local media Friday to stay aware of severe weather threats.
The weekend forecast calls for quieter skies and highs in the 70s. Saturday should be mostly sunny and less humid and Sunday looks partly cloudy with more humidity
Accident claims life of Tonganoxie resident
A Tonganoxie woman died after a one-vehicle accident in Leavenworth County, authorities said.
An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday on Lonna Brown, 45, who died shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when her vehicle left the roadway and crashed along U.S. Highway 24-40, Leavenworth County Sheriff's authorities said.
Brown had been driving west along U.S. 24-40 when she apparently lost control near Woodend Road. She collided with some trees, where her vehicle came to rest, authorities said.
The accident's cause remains under investigation.
Political science major named Truman Scholar
A second Kansas University student has been named a Truman Scholar for 2001.
Robert Chamberlain, a senior political science major from Topeka, will receive about $30,000 for graduate studies.
Karrigan Bork, a KU senior from Lawrence, already had been named a Truman Scholar for 2001.
Chamberlain, who will graduate in May 2002, plans to pursue a master's degree in public administration.
His career goal is to work for the Department of Defense and help shape policies for soldiers' quality-of-life issues.
In his scholarship application, Chamberlain proposed the House Armed Services Committee create an Office of Technology Insertion to provide reliable equipment for daily military tasks. He said lack of reliable equipment often is cited as a factor in low military morale.
Eighty students nationwide were named Truman Scholars this year.
Fifteen KU students have received the honor since 1981.