Archive for Friday, December 2, 2011

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Fundraising consultants say there's a variety of reasons why people give to charity more during the holidays. What's the main reason you give this time of year?

Poll results

Response Percent
The holidays put me in a giving spirit
I see an increased need
I don’t usually donate this time of year
Year-end tax deduction
Total 338
Are you doing a fresh or artificial Christmas tree this year?

Poll results

Response Percent
Artificial tree
Fresh tree
I’m not doing a tree this year
Christmas trees aren’t part of my culture/religion
Total 774

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
A federal audit has discovered irregularities in the cases of 883 food stamp recipients, with recipients being dead, having invalid Social Security numbers or double-dipping from the program between August 2009 and August 2010. Food stamp fraud may be costing state $22M a year
3:41 p.m., November 30, 2011 Updated 12:28 a.m. in print edition on 1A
State auditors trying to weed out food-stamp fraud believe more than 7,000 people in Kansas may be getting benefits to which they aren’t entitled and costing taxpayers as much as $22 million a year, the state’s top social services official said Wednesday.
10:00 a.m.
Students leave Lawrence Free State High School Thursday morning after the administration and Lawrence Police evacuated the building because of a bomb threat. It was reported by some students that a note that mentioned a bomb had been found on a door to the school Thursday morning. Notification of bomb threat at Free State High lags as unofficial word spreads
December 1, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Twitter, Facebook, area media outlets and good old-fashioned word of mouth quickly spread news of a bomb threat spurring the cancellation of classes Thursday at Free State High School.
2:00 p.m.
In this file photo from September, Jill Patton, left, joins more than 80 people in attending a Lawrence school board meeting that included a discussion of standards-based grading for sixth-graders in Lawrence middle schools. Recently, Cordley Elementary School teacher Julia Rose-Weston began leading a petition drive in support of preserving the use of standards-based grading in the Lawrence school district. Online petition backs standards-based grades
December 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The Lawrence school district’s use of standards-based grading for sixth-graders has some fans, after all.
6:00 p.m.
In this 2009 file photo, second-year Future Farmers of America member Stuart Wakeman is pictured with a 1964 Farmall 806 Diesel that he restored. On Thursday, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt submitted a letter urging the U.S. Department of Labor to revise its newly proposed rule pertaining to child labor laws on Kansas family farms. Kansas officials oppose proposed federal restrictions on children working on farms
December 1, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Gov. Sam Brownback, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and other Kansas officials said Thursday proposed federal restrictions aimed at increasing safety for children working on farms go too far.
10:00 p.m.
This 2007 file photo shows an empty display case for shopper information and advertising at the I-70 Business Center. Lawrence’s Student Financial Aid Services Inc. confirmed this week that it is moving into I-70 Business Center in North Lawrence and could be adding as many as 105 new jobs in the near term. Call center expanding into former outlet mall
December 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence’s national standing as the place to call to get answers about student financial aid is getting a boost with a major expansion of a private call center.

All stories

LHS hoops start tonight
December 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
Basketball season has finally arrived for Lawrence High.
Safety gap
Kansas’ two U.S. senators are working to close an important regulatory gap for underground natural gas storage fields.
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
Federal legislation introduced this week by our state’s two U.S. senators could close an important safety gap in Kansas and many other states.