Farmland plant fire quickly extinguished
The call sounded ominous coming across the emergency-radio scanner: a fire at the old Farmland Industries fertilizer plant east of Lawrence.
But the blaze shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday turned out to be confined to a storage building that was being demolished, and firefighters put it out within minutes.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical officials say the fire was caused by sparks from a cutting torch that were blown by the wind as crews worked to take the building apart.
Workers were on break when the fire broke out. Firefighters arrived at 4:04 p.m. and had put out the fire by 4:14 p.m. No injuries were reported.
The plant on Kansas Highway was used to make nitrogen fertilizer before it closed in 2001.
George McGovern to lecture in Ottawa
Former Sen. George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, will come to Ottawa University this week to deliver a lecture on "The Essential America: Our Founders and the Liberal Tradition."
McGovern will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the University Chapel.
He represented South Dakota for 22 years in the U.S. House and Senate. He came to KU in September 2004 to deliver a lecture at the Dole Institute of Politics and also attended the July 2003 dedication of the institute.
The lecture is sponsored by the Hostetter-DeFries Family Endowed Cultural Fund and is open to the public and free of charge.
KU radio station earns state awards
KJHK, the student-operated radio station at Kansas University, has received several awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.
The student awards, given annually, are based on technical and creative merit.
Winners from KJHK included:
- Mark Zillman and Aaron Whallon, first place for sports play-by-play.
- Rachel Robson, first place for graduate public affairs program.
- Zillman, Whallon and Rahul Sharma, second place for entertainment program.
- Sandra Barry and Alex Wiebel, second place for complete newscast.
- Tyler Klaua, C.J. Sheffler and Colin McIntyre, second place for undergraduate public affairs program.
Five KJHK programs also received honorable mention awards.
KJHK, 90.7 FM, is a division of the KU Memorial Unions.