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May 23, 2004

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Motorcycle driver injured in accident

A motorcycle driver was flown to University of Kansas Hospital after he was involved in an accident Saturday night in Lawrence.

Police were still compiling reports early today about the accident, which occurred at 10:31 p.m. near the intersection of Iowa Street and Orchard Lane. But Police Sgt. Paul Fellers said Leroy E. Shaughnessy, address unknown, was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on Iowa Street and struck a 1984 Toyota wagon that was turning north from Orchard Lane onto Iowa.

Shaughnessy was flown to the hospital in Kansas City, Kan., by Lifeflight, Fellers said.

There was no information available about Shaughnessy's condition, and it was unclear whether the driver of the Toyota, April Lampke, or her passenger, Michael Steinlage, both of Lawrence, were injured.

Police continue to investigate, Fellers said.

Grant to help curb violence against women

Kansas has received a grant totaling near $1.4 million to prevent and respond to violence against women.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Justice, is part of the Services, Training, Officers and Prosecutors Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program.

Nationwide, $117 million is being distributed, designed to restructure and strengthen the criminal justice system response to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

The money will be shared among law enforcement, prosecutors, victim services and courts.

Board to get update on tax collections

The Lawrence school board will discuss at its meeting Monday how a change in state law will affect collection of tax money.

The state will use a property tax accelerator this year, which will allow for the early collection of taxes.

Other items on the meeting agenda include:

  • Approval of an agreement for the Adult Learning Center.
  • Computer replacement contracts.
  • Heating and air-conditioning improvements.
  • Implementation of a National Geographic reading program for grades 4-6.

The board meets at 7 p.m. at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.

Brownback introduces fetal pain legislation

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., has introduced legislation that would require abortion providers to notify abortion seekers of medical evidence showing a fetus can feel pain during an abortion procedure.

The bill, which would apply only to women at least 20 weeks pregnant, was introduced Thursday. It also requires abortion providers to offer anesthesia for fetuses.

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