From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 19, 1971:
- Gov. Robert Docking was hopeful, but not optimistic, that the Kansas Legislature would restore funding for higher education and welfare in the state. “I think that Kansans have wanted to have government meet the needs of the people.... I’m not talking about buying a new car; I’m talking about ... necessities.”
- Patricia Hoffman, a 22-year-old Cheyenne-Arapahoe from Hammon, Okla, was crowned the 1971 Miss Haskell Indian Junior College. “There’s only one title that makes me more proud -- and that’s the title of being an American Indian,” she said in her winning statement.
- A dry spring leading to a lack of subsoil moisture was “not doing things any good” but had not yet led to a critical situation, according to an area crop expert. Eben Farley, ASCS manager in Douglas County, said that the situation could rapidly worsen unless the forecast brought the area a rainfall of one inch or more “fairly soon.”