Archive for Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Bo Hopson hammers crosses into the ground Saturday, April 23, 2011, on the north side of Kansas Highway 10 just east of Church Street in Eudora, where a double fatality accident happened last week. Hopson, son of Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson, said the crosses were being set up to bring awareness to to the need for median cable barriers along the highway. Brownback wants KDOT to reopen study of installing cable barriers along K-10 from Lawrence to I-435
3:17 p.m., April 25, 2011 Updated 5:44 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered the Kansas Department of Transportation to immediately reopen its study of cable barriers along Kansas Highway 10 in the wake of a double fatality crash April 16.
10:00 a.m.
Kennedy Elementary students lined up to see a classroom during a visit to New York Elementary School May 4, 2010, to see where they would be attending next fall because of boundary changes. Lawrence school board moves forward with consolidation planning
April 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Appointees to a citizen working group will be charged with figuring out how to trim the roster of six elementary schools in central and eastern Lawrence to either four or three within the next two to three years.
2:00 p.m.
The view of the north side of the Statehouse. Key Kansas House member insists on 401(k)-style pension plan
8:18 a.m., April 25, 2011 Updated 1:50 a.m. in print edition on 1A
Moving to a 401(k)-style plan for Kansas teachers and government workers could slow efforts to eliminate the state retirement system’s long-term funding problems, according to a report released Monday that also shied away from taking sides in the Legislature’s debate over pensions.
6:00 p.m.
The Godsil children — Lily 6, Ricky, 10, Izzy, 9 and Charley, 4 — walk through their family's pick-your-own orchard, Wagon Wheel Orchard in Gardner. Wagon Wheel is one of several pick-your-own operations in and around Lawrence where foodies and families can choose their own food right off the plant. Picky eater: Our guide to choosing your own food at area you-pick farms
April 26, 2011
As a child, Jane Wohletz thought the world of her uncle’s strawberry patch. Now she’s got her very own 20,000-plant you-pick strawberry patch at her family farm off 1100 Road in Lawrence, Wohletz Farm Fresh.

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Lawrence City Commission OKs Dillons plan
New Hampshire Street drive-thru pharmacy approved despite neighbors’ qualms
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A1
Work could perhaps begin on a new Dillons store on south Massachusetts Street within 60 to 90 days, after city commissioners largely approved of the store’s plans Tuesday night.
Kansas Arts Commission supporters fear Brownback will veto funding
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A3
Advocates for the Kansas Arts Commission on Tuesday said the fight to keep the commission alive is still going on.
Morel mushrooms plentiful after wet winter in northeast Kansas
The fungus is now among us
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A3
It’s spring, and that can mean just one thing: morel mushrooms. This year’s harvest will be bountiful because of the large amount of moisture last winter.
Douglas County considers extending health benefits to domestic partners
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A1
Douglas County could become one of the first Kansas counties to extend health care coverage to domestic partners.
Brownback to honor top 1 percent of Kansas high school seniors
April 26, 2011
Students in the top 1 percent of Kansas high school seniors will be honored this weekend at a Topeka event hosted by Gov. Sam Brownback and the state Department of Education.
Condition of Kansas wheat crop continues to decline
April 26, 2011
A new report says persistent dry weather took a toll on the Kansas wheat crop over the past week.
Kansas attorney general wants people to dispose of unused prescription drugs
April 26, 2011
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is encouraging residents to take unused prescription drugs to drop-off sites Saturday.
Day care in Emporia closed after police discover drugs there
April 26, 2011
A daycare center in Emporia has been closed after police found marijuana and cocaine there.
Topeka soldier injured in Afghanistan has successful spine surgery
April 26, 2011
A soldier from Topeka who was injured in Afghanistan is recovering after successful surgery to fuse his spine together.
May 5 hearing scheduled for man accused of trying to kill his children
April 26, 2011
A Kansas man suspected of trying to kill his three children has a hearing scheduled May 5 in Seward County District Court.
Wichita woman killed in early morning duplex fire
April 26, 2011
Investigators in Wichita are seeking the cause of a residential fire that killed a 68-year-old woman.
10 Kansas students earn perfect ACT scores
April 26, 2011
Ten Kansas high school students are in line for special recognition after scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT college readiness exam.
Officials cut ribbon on new K-State Olathe campus
April 26, 2011
State officials say the new Olathe campus of Kansas State University is the latest piece of investment in research and innovation in northeast Kansas.
Original copy of Declaration of Independence displayed in Abilene
April 26, 2011
An original copy of the Declaration of Independence went on display Tuesday at an Abilene museum as part of a national tour organized by television producer Norman Lear.
Kansas man accused in Rwandan genocide faces trial
April 26, 2011
An 84-year-old immigrant accused of participating in the 1994 Rwandan genocide is headed to trial in Kansas in an immigration case that the Justice Department says is the first of its kind in the U.S.
School board puts new roof at Kennedy School on hold
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kennedy School will not be getting a new roof this summer, as members of the Lawrence school board say they don’t want to influence upcoming work on a plan to consolidate elementary schools.
Kansas Democratic leadership calls for change in taxes to help fill state coffers
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A6
As the legislative session reconvenes, Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they would push for a resolution condemning a Republican legislator for remarks he made about undocumented immigrants. And they support a tax change to pump more revenue into state coffers.
State, university officials laud initiative to increase number of engineering grads in Kansas
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A6
Representatives from Kansas universities, the Kansas Legislature and Kansas engineering firms gathered Tuesday morning to tout the benefits of a bill that would provide funding to allow universities to train more engineers.
Building upgrades, new schedule on tap at Lawrence High School
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence High School will be getting a bit of a makeover in the coming weeks and months, including a schedule shift that will help athletes spend more time in class.
KU hires consulting firm to help campuses spend less
03:08 p.m., April 26, 2011 Updated 03:17 p.m. in print edition on A2
Kansas University will work with a consulting group to review its administrative practices and identify cost savings.
Driver of vehicle in head-on crash on U.S. Highway 59 listed in fair condition
April 26, 2011
A man injured Saturday in a two-vehicle accident south of Lawrence was listed in fair condition Tuesday at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
KPERS perk for legislators gets little discussion by legislators as they consider sweeping changes
April 26, 2011
As legislators wrestle to bring solvency to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, their annualized pay formula, based partially on non-existent days and pay, has not entered discussions.
Motorcyclist injured in weekend accident on Harper released from hospital
April 26, 2011
A man injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday was released from the hospital Sunday.
Lawrence High School cancels softball games in Leavenworth due to field conditions
April 26, 2011
Lawrence High School varsity and junior varsity softball games scheduled for Tuesday in Leavenworth have been canceled due to field conditions.
Statehouse Live: New study prompts debate over Kansas tax cuts
09:42 a.m., April 26, 2011 Updated 09:54 a.m. in print edition on A4
The sides are facing off over tax policy as legislators return Wednesday to put together a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 and how to pay for it.
Bonner Springs man injured in motorcycle accident northeast of Lawrence dies; coroner’s report pending
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Bonner Springs man who was injured April 3 in a motorcycle accident northeast of Lawrence has died.
Lawrence school board approves name change for Central Junior High School
April 26, 2011
Central Junior High School will get a new, yet historic, name come July 1.
Town Talk: 300 apartment units slated for West Lawrence; detour of trail on Kansas River levee may begin by week’s end; Plastikon begins hiring workers; city to give away bike helmets
April 26, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
First Bell: Kansas Athletics administrator heading to Topeka Collegiate; Veritas Christian senior wins Legal Essay Contest; air is safe to breathe at Kennedy and Langston Hughes schools
01:55 a.m., April 26, 2011 Updated 10:34 a.m.
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Lawrence school board moves forward with consolidation planning
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A1
Appointees to a citizen working group will be charged with figuring out how to trim the roster of six elementary schools in central and eastern Lawrence to either four or three within the next two to three years.
Major flooding forces Missouri town evacuation, kills 2 in Arkansas
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A7
Thunder roared and tornado warning sirens blared, and all emergency workers in the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff could do Monday was hope the saturated levee holding back the Black River would survive yet another downpour.
Lawrence-Douglas County planning commission advises against proposed sand pit near Eudora
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners are recommending that a proposed Kansas River sand pit operation just north of Eudora be denied by Douglas County commissioners.
Lawrence police arrest man accused of domestic disturbance
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a 41-year-old man Monday afternoon who was accused of injuring a 46-year-old woman in a domestic disturbance.
Eudora police recover items stolen from Lawrence Antique Mall
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A4
Eudora police last week recovered about $1,600 worth of items that were reported stolen from the Lawrence Antique Mall one day earlier.
Focal point: Jayhawks passionate in practice
April 26, 2011 in print edition on B1
Passion. Focus. Leadership. All are common attributes shared by successful college football programs around the country. And each has been more prevalent on the Kansas University practice fields this spring.
Toben Opurum making strides
April 26, 2011 in print edition on B1
It takes more than one quick defensive end to put pressure on a quarterback.
Baldwin taps FSHS aide
April 26, 2011 in print edition on B4
Dustin Leochner was hired as the Baldwin High’s boys’ basketball coach. Leochner is a boys assistant basketball coach at Free State High.
Free State soccer blanks Gardner, 3-0
April 26, 2011 in print edition on B4
Free State High’s soccer team defeated Gardner-Edgerton, 3-0, on Monday at Gardner’s field.
Ex-Lion Bird named NJCAA All-American
April 26, 2011 in print edition on B4
Former Lawrence High basketball standout Taylor Bird, now a sophomore at Johnson County Community College, recently was named an NJCAA All-American after leading the Cavaliers to a fifth-place finish at this year’s NJCAA D-II national tournament.
KU men’s golf in 7th at Big 12
April 26, 2011 in print edition on B4
Doug Quinones matched his best round of the season with a first-round 69 and was in a tie for 13th place with a 146 after two rounds of the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship on Monday.
Ruling ends NFL lockout
Despite judgment, dispute far from settled
April 26, 2011 in print edition on B1
After seven weeks of bitter back and forth, failed talks and growing uncertainty about the 2011 season, a federal judge has ordered an immediate end to the NFL lockout.
GWU eyeing aide Joe Dooley?
April 26, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Washington Post lists Kansas University assistant basketball coach Joe Dooley as a possible candidate for the head-coaching vacancy at George Washington University.
Picky eater: Our guide to choosing your own food at area you-pick farms
April 26, 2011
As a child, Jane Wohletz thought the world of her uncle’s strawberry patch. Now she’s got her very own 20,000-plant you-pick strawberry patch at her family farm off 1100 Road in Lawrence, Wohletz Farm Fresh.
KNI accountability
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A8
I am responding to the Journal-World article of April 17, “KNI fights Brownback budget for survival.”
Dillons issue
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A8
A Dillons drive-through pharmacy in the right-of-way of New Hampshire Street is 100 percent wrong for Barker Neighborhood.
Emperor Trump
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A8
Donald Trump has a tower.
Mortenson must answer questions
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A8
I’ve long been an admirer of Greg Mortenson, the author of the phenomenal best-seller “Three Cups of Tea.”
Positive project
Dillons officials have done a reasonable job of squeezing a full-line supermarket on a limited footprint at 1740 Mass., and the city should allow the project to move forward.
April 26, 2011 in print edition on A8
There’s no such thing as a perfect project, but the new Dillons store planned near 17th and Massachusetts streets will be a real asset for central city neighborhoods.
25 years ago: Seatbelt proposal headed for Gov. Carlin’s desk
April 26, 2011
Gov. John Carlin was expected to sign a controversial proposal requiring Kansas motorists to wear seatbelts.
40 years ago: Kansas AG promotes idea of auxiliary police force
April 26, 2011
Kansas Atty. Gen. Vern Miller told a group of about 150 people at a Rotary lunch in Lawrence that recruits should be sought for an auxiliary police unit in Douglas County.
100 years ago: Lawrence citizens urged to participate in local census
April 26, 2011
“It is inconceivable that Lawrence has lost population the past year.”
Music and art mix with ’Repo Games’
April 26, 2011
NBC kicks off its new musical competition “The Voice” (8 p.m., NBC). Judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton evaluate talents at a blind audition. Each judge chooses eight performers to mentor as they vie for a grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000. Carson Daly hosts.
Horoscopes for April 26
April 26, 2011
This year, you make waves, as you are able to lead and manifest. This combo of talent might be a far bigger asset than you realize, especially within your community and business circle. Others respect your organization and drive more and more. If you are single, after May you will have many choices to make. If you are attached, you and your sweetie need to use spring 2011 for more private time together. Pisces likes you and makes an excellent friend.