Archive for Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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Preschoolers at Prairie Park Nature Center Law enforcement gathering The day in photos, Feb. 17, 2009
A Kansas Senate committee is considering a bill to allow people to walk around with an alcoholic beverage at festivals and other special events. Do you support this bill?

Poll results

Response Percent
Not sure
Total 839
If the state can't pay its workers on Friday, will you show up to work?

Poll results

Response Percent
I work in the private sector
Total 623

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Virginia Musser, left, and Tricia Spencer, members of the Lawrence-based band The Prairie Acre, practice at Mike West Recording Studio, 618 W. Fourth St. Musser’s daughter, Kellar, 5 months, sleeps while Spencer’s daughter, Ruby Yother, 1, takes in the music. At right is banjo player Noah Musser. Below, Spencer straps in her daughter before practice. Oh, baby!: Lawrence moms combine parenting, music skills on stage
February 16, 2009
When people spot the baby on Tricia Spencer’s back, they often point and smile. Spencer, fiddle in hand, just continues playing. And when they notice her bandmate Virginia Musser is carting a baby on her back, too, she just laughs and carries on.
6:00 a.m.
The dome of the Kansas Statehouse in downtown Topeka is reflected off the windows of a nearby building. State suspends paying income tax refunds, may miss payroll as budget tightens
1:39 p.m., February 16, 2009 Updated 5:46 p.m. in print edition on 1A
State employees may not get paid this week after Republican legislative leaders blocked an inter-governmental loan on Monday, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said.
10:00 a.m.
City Commission candidates, from left, Dennis Constance, Aron Cromwell and Lance Johnson participate in a public forum Monday at City Hall. City candidates, public get acquainted at forum
February 17, 2009 in print edition on 3A
A clear scorecard began to emerge on growth and development issues following the first candidate forum for Lawrence City Commission hopefuls Monday. A trio of candidates believe the city is overbuilt and is traveling down the wrong economic development path. A pair of candidates said the city wasn’t doing enough to attract new businesses. And two others fell somewhere in the middle.
2:00 p.m.
Crew Foreman Thor Shriver of Ames Construction Inc. of Aurora, Colo., oversees the burning of trees that were cleared Monday to make way for the new U.S. Highway  59 construction at Pleasant Grove between Lawrence and Ottawa. Residents south of Lawrence upset about smoke from burning trees
February 16, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Some Pleasant Grove area residents are tired of having smoke blown in their faces.
6:00 p.m.
“Self Portrait,” by Jenny Aucott of Free State, Best of Show winner. Native talent: Lawrence students dominate Kansas art contest
February 17, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Lawrence high school students dominated competition in this year’s “Kansans … As Talented as you Think” art competition organized by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.

All stories

Charges filed in what was first called attempted murder
Suspect now faces charges for criminal discharge of a firearm
February 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
Prosecutors charged an 18-year-old Lawrence man with criminal discharge of a firearm Tuesday.
Education trust
Some shift of higher education power from the Kansas Legislature to the Kansas Board of Regents is justified, but the regents must measure up.
February 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
Given recent declines in state financial support for state universities, it makes a certain amount of sense to give university leaders and the Kansas Board of Regents more autonomy in dealing with policy and financial issues facing those schools.
Phelps won’t face drug charges
Sheriff has bong but no confession to using pot
February 17, 2009
A South Carolina sheriff said he won’t pursue charges against Michael Phelps.