Archive for Friday, August 26, 2011

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On the street
Photo galleries
Free State High School fall sports jamboree The day in photos for August 26, 2011
When was the last time you received a raise?

Poll results

Response Percent
It’s been more than two years
In the past six months
In the past year
I’m not working now
My last pay change was a pay cut
In the past two years
Total 1025
Have you contacted a friend or family member on the East Coast to check if they are planning to evacuate because of Hurricane Irene?

Poll results

Response Percent
I don’t know anyone on the East Coast
Total 278

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Kansas Legislature has approved a balanced budget without a tax increase, but some local officials argue that the state's budget could force them to increase taxes or cut services. Statehouse Live: Health exchange committee will continue work despite Brownback’s rejection of grant
3:18 p.m., August 24, 2011 Updated 4:27 p.m. in print edition on 3A
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said that under federal health reform, Kansas will have to have in place an exchange.
6:00 a.m.
Douglas County Sheriff's deputies worked with Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and emergency personnel from Eudora and Lawrence to free a truck driver for Penny's Concrete from his rig about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 25, 2011 near the Eudora exit on Kansas Highway 10 after it overturned, pinning him inside. The driver was flown by helicopter ambulance to an area hospital. Injury accidents gnarl traffic on three highways
3:47 p.m., August 25, 2011 Updated 12:16 a.m. in print edition on 1A
Kansas Highway 10 reopened to all traffic Thursday night after a serious injury accident caused the highway to be shutdown for more than six hours.
10:00 a.m.
A Westar Energy worker surveys a power transformer at 6th and Kentucky streets on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. Nearly 8,000 customers lost power on Monday afternoon. Westar seeks $91 million increase
August 25, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Westar officials said the 5.85 percent increase in its base price was needed to comply with new regulations and other higher costs including trimming trees to keep them away from power lines.
2:00 p.m.
The artificial turf is made of a plastic-like material that allows water to drain into the ground. In addition to the Tuckaway at Frontier Apartments, the turf is also in use at The Oread hotel. Planning commissioners recommend developer cut the artificial grass at new Lawrence apartment complex
August 25, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Don’t tell Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence — not if it is artificial grass, anyway.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence High School Students board buses Tuesday afternoon as lawmakers discussed the state budget at the Capitol in Topeka. The 2.75 percent across-the-board cut that was approved by the Senate would trim funding to public schools by about $83 million. Democrats to address fears over school finances during forum Saturday at Lawrence library
August 25, 2011 in print edition on 2A
With Gov. Sam Brownback contemplating cuts in the state income tax and making other potential changes in revenue sources, Democrats are organizing a forum to consider how such efforts might drain state financing for public schools.

All stories

Grandparents play a bigger role in child-rearing
August 26, 2011 in print edition on C8
America is swiftly becoming a granny state.