Archive for Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Also from June 20

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Game 06-20-07
What should City Hall do to deal with its budget shortfall?

Poll results

Response Percent
Cut services
Raise sales taxes
Raise property taxes
Total 342
How do you get your vitamins?

Poll results

Response Percent
A well-balanced diet
Take a multi-vitamin
I don’t worry about my vitamins
Vitamin drinks
Total 102

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Dr. Barbara Atkinson, executive vice chancellor of the Kansas University Medical Center, presents a 10-year life sciences research plan, "The Time is Now," at the Kansas Life Sciences Innovation Center. The $800 million plan unveiled Tuesday calls for a major expansion of facilities and staff over the next decade. $800M life science plan hatched
June 19, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Kansas University Medical Center on Tuesday rallied support behind its $800 million, 10-year plan to become a major player in life sciences research and care, but a key lawmaker expressed dissatisfaction with the proposal. After listening to an hourlong presentation by KU officials, House Speaker Melvin Neufeld said the plan was too focused on the Kansas City metropolitan area.
11:05 a.m.
Online chat
Chat about expanding tech education in the Lawrence school district.
June 20, 2007
Deputy Superintendent Bruce Passman and Tech Ed Specialist Patrick Kelley will be in for an online chat about the expanding tech ed program and JCCC's partnership with the district.
1:00 p.m.
City commissioners Tuesday evening admitted they violated parts of the state's open meetings law by holding a closed-door executive session to discuss economic development incentives for a local company. City Hall is shown here in this file photo. City’s budget outlook worsens
June 20, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The prospect of a 2008 tax rate increase for Lawrence residents became a bit more likely after city commissioners Tuesday learned additional details about the city’s budget woes. Commissioners were told that a preliminary analysis found it would take about a 1 mill increase in the city’s property tax rate to maintain existing city services.
4:00 p.m.
Think about your drink
June 20, 2007 in print edition on 1D
Ann Chapman recently was at the home of a relative who was serving Diet Coke Plus, the new vitamin-fortified sibling of the traditional diet cola. Chapman had no trouble telling her host what she thought of the product. “It’s just bogus as far as I’m concerned,” she says.
10:00 p.m.
Kansas Department of Transportation information specialist Stan Whitley, left, and KDOT area engineer Hugh Bogle, right, review a map of the planned four-lane U.S. 59 freeway to rural Ottawa residents Mike Bealmer, left of center and Robert Smith, right of center. Representatives from KDOT, Franklin and Douglas counties held a ground-breaking ceremony north of Ottawa Wednesday to recognize work beginning on the construction of the four-lane U.S. 59 freeway between Ottawa and Lawrence. The estimated completion date is 2011 and the cost at $185.4 million.. End of the road for ‘silent killer’
June 21, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The end is in sight for a highway some call “the silent killer.” At a rural intersection three miles north of Ottawa, ground was broken Wednesday to mark the start of construction on a new U.S. Highway 59.

All stories

Lawrence Datebook
June 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence.
Bus breakthrough?
Perhaps changes in the Kansas University bus system will open the door to increased cooperation or even a merger with the city’s T.
June 20, 2007 in print edition on B10
New buses and a new contract to operate those buses for Kansas University would seem to open up great new opportunities for cooperation between the KU bus system and the Lawrence Transit System.