From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 3, 1986:
- A primary election was just a few days away, and there were plenty of candidates on the ballot. When Atty. Gen. Robert Stephan had exited the race, seven Republican candidates had entered the fray. The winner would represent their party in the Nov. 4 general election, facing Democrat Lt. Gov. Tom Docking. Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes was predicting a 25 percent voter turnout for the primary.
- Douglas County commissioners were considering a funding request for the Summer Teen Employment Program. The private non-profit organization, based in Lawrence, was designed to provide short-term employment for low- and middle-income youths between the ages of 12 and 18.