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Should the Kansas Legislature raise taxes to add another $1 billion to public education, as ordered by a district judge?

Poll results

Response Percent
No. My taxes are too high already.
 
41%
Yes. Shawnee County State District Judge Terry Bullock declared Kansas’ method of funding public schools is in violation of the state and federal constitutions.
 
21%
Yes, the Legislature itself has accepted an outside independent study that says that amount is needed to adequately fund schools in the state.
 
19%
No. Lawmakers should challenge Bullock’s ruling and let the state’s Supreme Court decide.
 
14%
Undecided.
 
3%
Total 563

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Governor’s tax details outlined
January 12, 2004
(Updated Monday at 7:24 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ staff released details of the governor’s plans to increase taxes to fund public schools shortly after she began her State of the State address Monday night to the Kansas Legislature in Topeka. The following are the details not included in her televised speech.
Text of Sebelius’ 2004 State of the State address
January 12, 2004
(Updated Monday at 7:19 p.m.) Online editor’s note: The following is the text of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ State of the State address, delivered Monday night to the Kansas Legislature.
Jones to chair county commission
January 12, 2004
(Updated Monday at 3:15 p.m.) Charles Jones is the new chairman of the Douglas County Commission. In a unanimous vote Monday, commissioners elected Jones to a one-year term as chairman. The Democrat is entering his sixth year as a commissioner.
Governor to reveal school funding plan tonight
January 12, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 5:59 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposal for public schools — the biggest part of the state budget — will remain secret until this evening as the 2004 legislative session starts.
KDOT stops buying trafficway land
Department waiting for expected opposition lawsuit to get through courts
January 12, 2004
The Kansas Department of Transportation has spent $3.6 million buying land for completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway. But don’t expect more checks to be cut anytime soon. KDOT won’t spend another dime on land — or any other tangible item connected with the project — until an anticipated lawsuit to halt the highway’s approved path through the Baker Wetlands is filed and works its way through the courts, said Sally Howard, the department’s chief counsel.
KU workers to fight to leave state system
January 12, 2004
A battle within labor will be waged during the legislative session between classified workers at Kansas University and the largest public employee union in the state. The KU Classified Senate, which represents about 1,500 state employees at the university, has voted to leave the state civil service system, which governs hiring and pay for state employees.
Builders group proposes licensing for contractors
January 12, 2004
Saying they want a “level playing field” financially and in quality, members of the Lawrence Home Builders Assn. are asking the city to begin licensing building contractors. “I think it lends some credibility to local builders,” said Bud Hunt, past president of the association. “There are some people who maybe aren’t quite qualified, who could be building right now and shouldn’t be.”
New Medicare bill creates holes in drug coverage
January 12, 2004
If you’re older than 65 and spend more than $5,000 a year on prescription drugs, you’ll probably like the Medicare drug bill signed by President Bush last month. But if your medications cost less than, say, $100 or $200 a month, you’ll soon be hearing about a “doughnut hole” that’s likely to increase your costs.
Rebate debate: Are they worthwhile?
Consumers find discounts rewarding, burdensome
January 12, 2004
Myrna Barron followed the directions to a T on a mail-in rebate for a L’Oreal hair-coloring kit. She even made photocopies of the UPC code, receipt and all the documents she mailed. Then she waited. And waited. Eight to 10 weeks later, the Huntington Beach, Calif., resident was still waiting, so she mailed copies of everything again, along with a letter asking what happened to her rebate.
How to improve odds of collecting
January 12, 2004
Industry professionals, consumer advocates and veteran shoppers have these tips for improving your odds of collecting on rebate claims.
Learning center plans benefit
January 12, 2004
The Strategic Learning Center needs volunteers for its “Band Together for Learning” benefit. Money raised from the event will help outreach efforts to assist the nonprofit learning center in providing tutoring services to students of all ages. The benefit will be Jan. 24 at Liberty Hall and will include dinner, a performance by the band Sellout, dancing and a silent auction. Volunteers will help gather items for the silent auction, plan and obtain decorations before the event, and set up and work at the event itself.
Iran’s liberal candidates barred from election in ‘bloodless coup’
January 12, 2004
Hard-liners have thrown Iran’s legislative elections into crisis by disqualifying hundreds of liberal candidates, including more than 80 sitting lawmakers who are allied with the reformist president.
U.S. to begin labeling all passengers at airports
January 12, 2004
Despite stiff resistance from airlines and privacy advocates, the U.S. government plans to push ahead this year with a vast computerized system to probe the backgrounds of all passengers boarding flights in the United States.
George A. Blevins
January 12, 2004
Athletes, grades
January 12, 2004
Patriot Act view
January 12, 2004
Political rant
January 12, 2004
Nevada faces nuclear waste showdown
January 12, 2004
Nevada officials say a federal appeals court hearing this week on a collection of lawsuits will give the state its best chance to block the government’s plans to entomb nuclear reactor waste under a mountain just 90 miles outside Las Vegas.
Gas company ordered to step up safety
January 12, 2004
State regulators have ordered Kansas Gas Service to take steps to reduce the risks of pipeline failures after an investigation into a fatal explosion concluded gas that had leaked from a pipe into the home caught fire.
Oscar Irvin Beck
January 12, 2004
Bush plans ‘tough love’ at Americas summit
January 12, 2004
Three months after taking office, a deferential President Bush made his debut on the world stage by embracing Latin America.
Israel confirms failed secret talks with Syria
Thousands protest Sharon’s plans to remove settlements
January 12, 2004
Israel had secret contacts with Syria several months ago — well before recent Syrian overtures — but they broke down after word of the meetings leaked out, Israel’s foreign minister said Sunday. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he was ready to open negotiations if Syria “stops helping terror.”
Turkey permits U.S. to use air base
January 12, 2004
The American military has begun using an air base in southern Turkey for a massive rotation of troops in and out of Iraq, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Sunday in a sign of improved U.S.-Turkish relations.
James Baker behind ‘89 loan to Saddam Hussein-led Iraq
January 12, 2004
Now assigned the task of reducing Iraq’s debt, presidential envoy James A. Baker III once gave crucial support for continuing a billion-dollar loan program to Saddam Hussein’s government that accounts for most of the money Iraq still owes the United States.
Chiefs can’t catch Colts
Indy offense dominates K.C. defense in 38-31 victory
January 12, 2004
He has been unstoppable … and Peyton Manning knows it. “I am hot right now. We’re hot as an offense,” Manning said Sunday after picking apart Kansas City with 304 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-31 victory that put Indianapolis in the AFC title game.
Huskies hammer OU
Okafor’s double-double propels UConn past Sooners
January 12, 2004
Emeka Okafor had a hard time hiding a smile. That happens when you and your team play a game that has people throwing around superlatives and compliments. Okafor fell one blocked shot short of a triple-double, and No. 1 Connecticut put on one of the most impressive defensive displays of the season, knocking No. 6 Oklahoma from the ranks of the unbeaten, 86-59, Sunday.
Appleby weathers Singh’s storm
Big Fijian comes up short in Mercedes Championships
January 12, 2004
Stuart Appleby had every reason to be concerned. Five shots ahead with five holes to play Sunday in the Mercedes Championships, Appleby started playing it safe as Vijay Singh began pouring in birdies. Momentum was on the side of the big Fijian, only Appleby never flinched.
Brand lauds firing of unethical coaches
At annual convention, NCAA president calls for hiring of more minority coaches, administrators
January 12, 2004
NCAA President Myles Brand applauded college presidents for firing coaches for behaving badly and called on schools to hire more minority coaches and administrators.
Green commits to Kansas
January 12, 2004
There was little drama Sunday night in San Antonio when James Madison High running back Gary Green II gave Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino an oral commitment — as expected.
Panelists to analyze governor’s speech
January 12, 2004
6News will present “The State of the State: The Sebelius Agenda” beginning at 7 tonight on Sunflower Broadband channel 6.
Wounded soldier reassesses life goals
January 12, 2004
There are times when Chuck Bartles feels frustrated — for example, when he is trying to get dressed or zip his fly. He might not be able to pursue a career in federal law enforcement as he planned. Overall, though, the 26-year-old is grateful. The Kansas University graduate student and Army reservist lost most of his right arm in Iraq, but he’s thankful he didn’t lose his life.
Courts play large role in ‘04 session
Legislature opens today; governor’s speech tonight
January 12, 2004
Take a Democratic governor facing a Republican-controlled Legislature in a year when both the House and Senate face re-election. Mix in a tight budget and a so-so economy and stir vigorously. That’s recipe enough for a bruising legislative session.
People
January 12, 2004
¢ ‘Friends’ favorite among People’s Choice Awards nominees ¢ ‘Big Fish’ beats ‘Rings’ ¢ Aiken brings back bacon ¢ Former Grammy nominee arrested with gun at airport
On the money
January 12, 2004
A nest egg can take on many forms when it comes to retirement.
Anne Heche shines in ‘Gracie’s Choice’
January 12, 2004
Before she turned into a tabloid headline, Anne Heche was quite a capable actress. Proof of that fact can be found in “Gracie’s Choice” (7 p.m., Lifetime). Heche turns in a frightening and believable performance as Rowena Larson, the abusive mother of five children by five different fathers, whose careless flirtation with a string of drug dealers threatens to send her brood to separate foster homes.
On the record
January 12, 2004
Two people drown in ice fishing accident
January 12, 2004
The bodies of two Inman men were pulled Sunday morning from Cheney Lake in south-central Kansas, where they fell through the ice while fishing, authorities said.
Mildred Leona Ames
January 12, 2004
Harold Belzer
January 12, 2004
Sophia P. Witcofski
January 12, 2004
Grocery strike talks fail
January 12, 2004
Four days of secret, informal negotiations between Southern California grocery workers who have been on strike for three months and their employers ended Sunday without success, a union spokeswoman said.
U.S. death toll approaches 500
January 12, 2004
As of Sunday, 495 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Defense Department. Of those, 342 died as a result of hostile action and 153 died of nonhostile causes, the department said.
Planning parallels
Plans to redevelop the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant near De Soto may provide some useful insight for the future of the Farmland property east of Lawrence.
January 12, 2004
Although there are some important differences between the two properties, it might be interesting, as they consider the future of the former Farmland fertilizer plant east of Lawrence, for local officials to see what they could learn from Johnson County’s experience with the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.
Material advances don’t satisfy Americans
January 12, 2004
Social hypochondria is the national disease of the most successful nation. By most indexes, life has improved beyond the dreams of even very recent generations. Yet many Americans, impervious to abundant data and personal experiences, insist that progress is a chimera.
Immigration plan opens doors to terrorists
January 12, 2004
After 3,000 Americans were murdered on a single day, common sense should have dictated that political pandering would finally take a back seat — if only marginally — to the most serious of security concerns.
New Iraqi leaders to give Baathists second chance
January 12, 2004
In a move that may signal a more measured attitude toward some members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party, the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council said on Sunday it that would allow some senior Baathists to appeal their dismissals from government jobs or retire and receive pensions.
As ‘cyborg,’ professor tailors his own reality
January 12, 2004
When you first meet Steve Mann, it seems as if you’ve interrupted him appraising diamonds or doing some sort of specialized welding. Because the first thing you notice is the plastic frame that comes around his right ear and holds a lens over his right eye.
Stewart uses Web to rally support
Domestic style queen using site before Jan. 20 court date
January 12, 2004
True to her perfectionist reputation, Martha Stewart is using a stylish and highly detailed personal Web site to tell her side of the story as her high-stakes trial approaches.
Pet post
January 12, 2004
State & local briefs
January 12, 2004
¢ State to sell vehicles to local governments ¢ Statehouse library opens legislative hot line ¢ Book discussions conducted online ¢ Classes to help families understand mental illness
Eagles end Packers’ run
January 12, 2004
As the clock ticked down in regulation, Donovan McNabb saved Philadelphia’s season — and a city’s psyche. And with one desperation heave, Brett Favre threw away Green Bay’s chance at another Super Bowl.
Chiefs waste effort from Hall, Holmes
January 12, 2004
If only Priest Holmes and Dante Hall could play a little defense, too. Maybe then the great days the Kansas City standouts turned in on offense would not have gone to waste. But a defense that was tied in knots by quarterback Peyton Manning was embarrassed in a 38-31 loss Sunday to Indianapolis in the AFC playoffs.
No tears this time for Vermeil
January 12, 2004
Dick Vermeil cries when he’s happy. He didn’t cry Sunday.
Tar Heels pound Yellow Jackets
UNC pops Georgia Tech, 103-88
January 12, 2004
With Raymond Felton weaving through the defense and Sean May dominating inside, No. 12 North Carolina ran right past No. 8 Georgia Tech, 103-88, Sunday night.
Giddens emerging for KU
Self’s expectations high for freshman guard
January 12, 2004
Kansas University freshman J.R. Giddens has soared for dunks off alley-oop passes. He has swished jumpers from beyond the three-point line. The slender 6-foot-5 guard from Oklahoma City, who also has shown the ability to ice the pull-up jumper, has shown flashes of excellence from all angles on offense early in his freshman season.
Pistons’ Billups erupts late
Detroit sinks 13 threes in victory over Dallas
January 12, 2004
The Detroit Pistons think they may have played their best Sunday night. Chauncey Billups scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half, and the Pistons won their eighth straight game despite allowing 100 points for the first time this season, beating the Dallas Mavericks, 115-102.
Briefly
January 12, 2004
¢ Rover rollout onto Mars delayed ¢ Archbishop urges gay marriage ban ¢ U.S. seeks extradition of Colombian drug lord ¢ Group will seek affirmative action ban
The legal side of ‘love’
January 12, 2004
You knew this was coming. It followed as naturally as broken promises follow elections, the inevitable byproduct of Kobe Bryant’s arrest last summer on charges of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker. She says he forced himself on her, he says the sex was consensual. A jury will decide. But a Los Angeles-based sex therapist says there’s a way to avoid the next case of he-said, she-said altogether.
Francis M. Winterburg
January 12, 2004
Horoscopes
January 12, 2004
Briefly
January 12, 2004
¢ Poll: Alternative news gaining influence ¢ Senator treated, released for head injury ¢ Northeast’s cold blamed in three deaths
Eco-devo spotlight falls on Stowers Institute
January 12, 2004
“Hope for Life.” The slogan for the Stowers Institute for Medical Research can be found everywhere on its $250 million, 600,000-square-foot campus — from the title of the DNA-helix sculpture at its entryway to a panel in its library that translates the phrase into two dozen languages.
Dean defends record on race
Democratic candidates participate in final debate before Iowa caucuses
January 12, 2004
Under fire in a campaign debate, Howard Dean conceded grudgingly Sunday night that he never named a black or Latino to his Cabinet during nearly 12 years as governor of Vermont.
Analysis: Legislature likely to pass provision to ban gay marriage
January 12, 2004
Legislators are likely to debate gay marriages this session. They probably couldn’t have avoided the topic for too many more years.
2004 Legislature begins under court order, budget optimism
January 12, 2004
As their 2004 session begins, legislators are under a court order to fix flaws in the funding of public schools but have reason for some hope that the economy is improving.
Jackson interview gives CBS bad press
60 Minutes’ talks, special lead to ethics questions
January 12, 2004
Suddenly enmeshed in an ethical crisis involving Michael Jackson at a time he should be enjoying a victory lap, “60 Minutes” founder Don Hewitt confesses only to bewilderment.
City memorandum regarding contractor licensing
January 12, 2004
Consequences can be costly if late in applying for college aid
January 12, 2004
If you have a child going to college in the fall of 2004, it’s important you get moving to apply for financial assistance now.
City to consider measures to improve traffic flow
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
January 12, 2004
The Lawrence City Commission will look at methods of improving traffic within the city.
Supreme Court to rule on presidential powers
January 12, 2004
The Supreme Court has set the stage for a series of rulings on the reach of presidential power, decisions that could arrive just as voters focus on whether to endorse President Bush and his strong style of executive leadership.
Briefly
January 12, 2004
¢ Treasury secretary says space plan not too costly ¢ Cheney would back gay marriage ban ¢ Fire leaves 22,000 homeless