Archive for Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback provides a progress report on his first six months in office Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the Statehouse in Topeka. Brownback was joined by Cabinet secretaries and executive directors of state agencies and programs. Colorado officials mystified by Brownback’s letter on water deal
August 29, 2011 in print edition on 1A
After years of negotiations, Colorado officials have agreed to drain a reservoir and send the water to Kansas in order to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a long-running dispute.
6:00 a.m.
Ottawa residents Josh Sams, left, and Lexie Sams, right, stayed cool as they tossed their daughter, Abby, 2, between one another in this file photo at Lone Star Lake. The lake, about 12 miles southwest of Lawrence, is owned by the county. The Public Works Department, after a review following two recent drowning deaths, doesn’t plan to seek any major changes to lake regulations.
Douglas County exploring addition of signs at Lone Star Lake to warn swimmers of quick depth increase
August 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Two drownings this summer at Lone Star Lake have prompted Douglas County to pursue adding signs that would warn swimmers the depth of the lake can increase quickly.
10:00 a.m.
The exterior of a new bioscience and technology incubator on Kansas University’s West Campus is seen. Animal-health lab to move to KU’s West Campus; Argenta plans to provide 27 jobs within five years
August 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A New Zealand-based company has chosen Lawrence as the site for a research and development center that is expected to employ 27 high-paid scientists to study advancements in animal health.
2:00 p.m.
This rendering features an early design of one of six information kiosks planned for locations at the Kansas Union and at the Underground dining facility at Wescoe Hall. Mike Reid, director of public affairs for the KU Memorial Unions, said that the final product may not look exactly like this rendering, but it will likely be close. Kiosks planned on KU campus to offer information; software includes ability to recognize types of people viewing ads
3:35 p.m., August 30, 2011 Updated 10:15 a.m. in print edition on 3A
New kiosks planned for various Kansas University on-campus locations will offer interactive campus maps, event calendars and games for students and visitors. The kiosks will also offer advertising space, and will employ software to provide demographic information to advertisers through a visual feed.
6:00 p.m.
Jacob Gillespie, 12, shapes a clay vessel at the Lawrence Arts Center in a Sculpting with Clay class offered through the center's new Arts Institute. Statehouse Live: Arts supporters urge Brownback to reverse defunding decision
August 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
With the state surplus growing, and because Gov. Sam Brownback wrongly predicted Kansas would continue to receive federal arts funding, supporters of the arts on Tuesday called on Brownback to restore state assistance to the Kansas Arts Commission. But Brownback’s office said that wasn’t going to happen.

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Debt figures
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
Recently, I queried Rep. Lynn Jenkins regarding the chaotic situation with the deficit.