Archive for Saturday, July 21, 2001

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July 21, 2001
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July 21, 2001
Around and about
July 21, 2001
On the record
July 21, 2001
Robert Kile
July 21, 2001
Frank Cross
July 21, 2001
Lauretta Schott
July 21, 2001
Carol Wrench
July 21, 2001
Old home town - 25 and 100 years ago today
July 21, 2001
Daily ticker
July 21, 2001
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July 21, 2001
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July 21, 2001
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July 21, 2001
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July 21, 2001
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July 21, 2001
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July 21, 2001
Friends and neighbors
July 21, 2001
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July 21, 2001
Competitive issue
July 21, 2001
4-H News
July 21, 2001
Local Briefs
July 21, 2001
Open records: Political activist denied access to nonprofits’ records The Kansas Court of Appeals Friday rejected an attempt by a Wyandotte County political activist to get expense records from two non-profit groups associated with a state lawmaker. John Altevogt sought records under the Kansas Open Records law from YouthFriends and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. YouthFriends’ director is Lisa Adkins, the wife of state Sen. David Adkins, a Leawood Republican running for attorney general. In 1998, YouthFriends received a $250,000 grant from a state panel chaired by David Adkins, though Adkins removed himself from voting on the grant award. A state district court dismissed Altevogt’s records request, saying the two organizations aren’t covered by the Open Records law. The court also said it lacked jurisdiction because the records were in Kansas City, Mo. The appeals court affirmed, saying the law only applies to records in Kansas. It did not rule whether the organizations could be considered public agencies under the open records law. __________________________ Hazardous Materials Unit: Lawrence officials monitor combustible gas in sewer A high level of combustible gas detected in the sanitary sewer system Friday at 23rd and Alabama streets caused the closing of one street and led to a temporary shutdown of a gasoline station. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical dispatched its Hazardous Materials Unit to the area at 11:15 a.m. The combustible gas was detected by Lawrence City collection system operators with the Department of Utilities doing a routine inspection of sewers, Deputy Fire Chief Mark Bradford said. The type of gas detected was never determined, Bradford said after the crews left the scene about 3:30 p.m. They also were unable to find a source of origin for the gas. “Someone may have dumped something into the system,” Bradford said. Crews flushed the system with water and monitored the gas readings, Bradford said. Readings later showed the gas had dissipated, he said. The Total gas station at 23rd and Alabama streets was temporarily closed while its tanks were checked, but it was not the source of the problem, Bradford said. The sewer system monitored and flushed was in an area from 23rd to 22nd streets and Alabama to Naismith Drive, he said. Alabama Street was closed from 23rd to 22nd streets. __________________________ Gasoline prices: Pump patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.179 per gallon at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets, and Site Service Station, 946 E. 23rd St. If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name of the business, the address and the price. Or go to www.ljworld.com/section/gasoline to join our Pump Patrol message board. __________________________ LMH workers to receive mid-year pay increase Lawrence Memorial Hospital employees are getting a mid-year pay increase. The LMH Board of Trustees this week approved a 3 percent across-the-board pay increase to be effective Aug. 1. Raises are normally given at the beginning of the year, but LMH officials said they wanted to recognize the loyalty and work of the staff by giving the mid-year raise. LMH also is attempting to stay competitive with the pay being offered at other area hospitals and medical centers. In a report to the board, LMH Human Resources Vice President Deborah Thompson noted that the health-care industry is headed into a worker shortage that could last 10 years. She said the hospital needed to “work pro-actively to retain staff.” Only recently hired registered nurses will not get a raise, officials said. The nurses were hired at a more competitive pay rate, officials said.