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Unemployment drops to 2-year low
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A7
The nation’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in two years in March, and the outlook is brightening as major companies plan to add more jobs.
Afghans riot, kill 7 in response to Quran burning
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A7
Afghans angry over the burning of a Quran at a small Florida church stormed a U.N. compound in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing seven foreigners, including four Nepalese guards.
Obama says spending deal close; Boehner disagrees
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A7
A bullish President Barack Obama said Friday that compromise is close with Republicans on $33 billion in budget cuts, and he warned that without a deal the ensuing government shutdown would “jeopardize our economic recovery” just as jobs are finally being created.
Douglas County to open 4 advance voting locations Saturday
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
Registered voters may cast their ballots ahead of time and in-person during extended and expanded advance-voting opportunities Saturday in Lawrence and area towns.
State senator alleges Kansas Bioscience Authority leader has conflicts of interest
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
State Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, on Friday released copies of legal records, letters and Facebook pictures in alleging that Kansas Bioscience Authority leader Tom Thornton has conflicts of interest.
Group says Speaker of Kansas House holding resolution hostage
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Republican Hispanic organization says that House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, is preventing legislative action on a resolution sought by Hispanics in the Legislature.
Tyrel Reed named Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award first team All-American
April 1, 2011
Kansas senior guard Tyrel Reed, who was one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, was named All-America first team and recognized Friday during open practices at the Final Four at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Kansas House, Senate to begin reconciling 2012 budget plans
04:33 p.m., April 1, 2011 Updated 11:01 p.m. in print edition on A6
The next challenge facing members of the House and Senate will be reconciling competing versions of the 2012 Kansas budget, following the release of a new revenue report that shows March tax collections were roughly $19 million below expectations.
Multi-vehicle accident reported near intersection of 2nd and Michigan
04:26 p.m., April 1, 2011 Updated 04:45 p.m.
At least two vehicles were involved in a car accident near the intersection of 2nd and Michigan in Lawrence Friday afternoon.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editor set to deliver annual Dole Lecture
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward is scheduled to speak at Kansas University May 15.
Kansas Legislature begins annual spring break
April 1, 2011
Both chambers adjourned Friday — the Senate around 2:45 p.m. and the House about 30 minutes later. They’ll return April 27 to wrap up the year’s work.
Former Lawrence man enters no contest plea
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge Friday convicted a 27-year-old former Lawrence man of aggravated battery in connection with a May 2010 incident in which a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted after a night of drinking.
Report: Kansas farmers plan to plant huge corn crop
April 1, 2011
A new government report shows Kansas farmers expect to plant more acres in corn this spring than in any year since 1936.
Man who raped elderly woman wants shorter term
April 1, 2011
A 22-year-old Missouri man says the sentence jurors recommended for his rape of a 92-year-old woman would be cruel and unusual punishment.
Topeka loses lawsuit over sewer problems
April 1, 2011
The city of Topeka has been ordered to fix a pipe and pay a woman thousands of dollars for damages caused by a sewer backup into her home.
Columbus teachers, board at contract impasse
April 1, 2011
A mediator will be called into contract negotiations in a southeast Kansas school district.
Man shot by Olathe police identified
April 1, 2011
Olathe police have identified a man shot and killed by a police officer as 20-year-old Carlos Villegas Jr.
Key Midwest economic index stays positive in March
April 1, 2011
The economy in nine Midwest and Plains states remained strong in March because of the health of agricultural and manufacturing businesses in the region, but a new survey released Friday suggests business weakened slightly last month.
Suspect in Kansas family’s death during Thanksgiving 2009 objects to jury pool
April 1, 2011
The jury for the trial of James Kraig Kahler, 48, of Meriden, Kan., will be chosen from residents of Osage County who have valid driver’s licenses.
Lawmakers approve bill boosting speed limit on some Kansas highways to 75
Motorcyclists get special relief at red lights
02:51 p.m., April 1, 2011 Updated 04:15 p.m. in print edition on A2
Kansas legislators have approved a bill raising the speed limit on some highways to 75 mph and allowing motorcyclists to proceed through some red lights.
Lawrence man to serve four months in jail, pay fine after third DUI and endangering child
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
A judge on Friday ordered a 40-year-old Lawrence man to serve four months in jail and pay a $1,500 fine for a conviction of his third DUI and child endangerment for a September accident that injured his son in southeastern Lawrence.
Town Talk: Police calls at homeless shelter decline; Lawrence fires cause $1 million in damage in 2010; gun shop to open on 23rd Street; signs of life for Vermont Street BBQ
April 1, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Wayne Simien Free Throw Challenge to benefit charities
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
Watching Kansas University’s loss to Virginia Commonwealth University might have some basketball fans upset at the team’s free throw shooting ability.
Interim dean chosen to lead KU Law School
12:53 p.m., April 1, 2011 Updated 04:03 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas University Provost Jeffrey Vitter announced Friday afternoon that interim law school dean Stephen Mazza has been named to the permanent position.
Former KU football player gets jail time, probation for burglary and assault
April 1, 2011
A former Kansas University football defensive lineman convicted of holding four students at gunpoint last May was sentenced Friday to serve 60 days in jail and three years on probation.
Officers responding to two-vehicle accident at Baldwin Junction
April 1, 2011
Two cars have been involved in a rollover accident at Baldwin Junction.
K-State gearing up to save energy as part of Take Charge Challenge
April 1, 2011
From doing an energy audit on the president’s residence to developing a marketing campaign that features a female superhero and Willie the Wildcat, Kansas State has mapped out a serious game plan to help Manhattan beat Lawrence in the Take Charge Challenge.
Kansas senators considering bill that would impose new restrictions on abortion clinics
08:08 a.m., April 1, 2011 Updated 01:10 p.m.
Kansas is preparing to require annual, unannounced state inspections of abortion clinics and to impose new regulations on them long sought by anti-abortion groups.
State pension work remains unfinished, legislators to tackle it in wrap-up session
April 1, 2011
Kansas lawmakers won’t finish work on pensions legislation until they return for their wrap-up session in late April.
Heard on the Hill: Student Senate coalition wants beer in the Jaybowl; KU debaters end another good year in Sweet 16 of national tournament; new Holiday Inn coming soon near KU Medical Center
April 1, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Spring Powwow is Saturday at LHS; Junior High naming decisions expected April 11; Kindergarten Roundup schedule available in Lawrence public schools
April 1, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Gates calls for limited U.S. role in aiding rebels
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A7
The U.S. should avoid developing a closer relationship with Libyan opposition forces, defense leaders said Thursday, telling an often hostile Congress that foreign nations must now take over airstrike responsibilities and any effort to train and equip the rebels.
Senior Libyan official resigns in new blow to regime
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A7
Moammar Gadhafi struck a defiant stance Thursday after two high-profile defections from his regime, saying he’s not the one who should go — it’s the Western leaders who have decimated his military with airstrikes who should resign immediately.
Boehner signals compromise in budget talks
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
Despite fresh pressure from tea party conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans “can’t impose our will” on the White House and Senate Democrats on legislation to cut tens of billions of dollars in federal spending.
Pump patrol
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.39 at several stations.
Horoscopes for April 1
April 1, 2011
This year, you change your focus. You become much stronger and more direct.
Danny Manning, Clyde Lovellette included on title-game list
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
Reputations, good and bad, are molded in NCAA Final Fours. Lew Alcindor and Chris Webber immediately come to mind.
Nebraska guard leaving program
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
Nebraska guard Eshaunte “Bear” Jones says he’s leaving the program. Jones played in 28 games and averaged 4.1 points. The sophomore from Fort Wayne, Ind., said in a statement Thursday that he has “a lot of priorities back home and my family comes first.”
OSU player awaiting decision
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
A judge is deciding whether Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams should stand trial on felony charges that allege he inappropriately touched two women without their consent.
Wichita State wins NIT title
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
The players flooded off the Wichita State bench, jumping together near the corner of the floor. Gregg Marshall smiled and pumped his fist. A few thousand fans dressed in yellow stood on their feet, cheering for a championship.
Turner Gill more comfortable as spring drills begin
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
A little more than 12 months ago, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill strolled out to his new team’s practice fields for the first day of spring drills and tried his hardest to project that he was in control.
Jayhawks in the NBA
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B5
The Boston Celtics’ forward Paul Pierce was the only former Jayhawk in NBA action Thursday, March 31, 2011.
FSHS grad Stephens chosen as all-star
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High graduate Caleb Stephens was recently selected to play in the NAIA Senior Classic, set to be played April 30 at Salina Central Stadium.
Lawrence softball splits
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s softball team began its season with a split against Shawnee Mission West on Thursday. The Lions won Game One, 6-3, but dropped the second, 8-7.
LHS soccer blanks Hutch
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Laura Falkenstein and Kirsten McKay scored goals, and Lawrence High’s girls soccer team shut out Hutchinson, 2-0, on Thursday in the Titan Classic.
Brady Morningstar falls to Jacob Pullen in three-point challenge
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University men’s basketball senior Brady Morningstar converted nine three-pointers in the State Farm Three-Point Challenge on Thursday on the University of Houston campus.
Angels spoil Royals’ opener
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
Take away a near-collapse by the bullpen, and this was exactly what the Los Angeles Angels wanted to see in their season opener.
Lawrence woman arrested following fight with friend
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Thursday afternoon after fighting with a friend.
Transient man arrested after fight
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 52-year-old transient man was arrested on charges of battery Thursday after punching another man in the face.
Kukuk, Toalson ignite FSHS baseball, 4-2
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
Four games into Free State High’s baseball season, the conditions haven’t felt much like spring.
Speed demons: Assertive LHS clocks Cougars for victory No. 1
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
An aggressive mentality on the basepaths is an important part of Lawrence High baseball coach Brad Stoll’s offensive philosophy.
Business manager reports van stolen from Enterprise Rent-A-Car
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
A manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 2233 W. 29th Terrace, reported to Lawrence police Monday that someone stole a 2011 white Ford cargo van, valued at $16,477, from the business. The theft occurred between March 5 and Monday.
Senior service cuts reach tipping point
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
Warning: Today, older Kansans are on the verge of being abandoned by the majority of policymakers in Topeka.
Vital votes
Choosing the members of the Lawrence City Commission is an important duty for local voters.
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
Do the people of Lawrence really care about the future of their city? Apparently, those who do are in the small minority.
Ferraro blazed key trail for women
April 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
It was a hot Thursday morning in Minnesota. Across the country Democrats were converging on San Francisco to nominate Walter F. Mondale for president.
LHS swimming falls
April 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s swimming and diving team was upended, 123-56, in a dual against Shawnee Mission South on Thursday.
Tune In: ‘CHAOS’ and ‘Camelot’ debut
April 1, 2011
The success of the USA network’s cheeky comedy-drama blends from “Burn Notice” to “Psych” can be seen in “CHAOS” (7 p.m., CBS), the new network dramedy set in the CIA.
25 years ago: Local flowers blooming ahead of schedule
April 1, 2011
Recent high temperatures were causing nearly everything with a bloom to be ahead of schedule.
100 years ago: J-W publishes ballot for upcoming election
April 1, 2011
“Study it carefully for your ward and avoid all danger of casting a hurried or defective ballot next Tuesday.”
40 years ago: Kansas AG responds to criticisms of recent Lawrence drug raid
April 1, 2011
Atty. Gen. Vern Miller spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at a Kiwanis Club lunch at the Holiday Inn.