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Thunderstorm watch, warning for Douglas County canceled

Update, 5 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018: The National Weather Service has canceled a thunderstorm watch and a thunderstorm warning that were in effect for Douglas County on Thursday. For Thursday night, the weather service forecast a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly ...

Officials hope to rebrand Kansas as not just a ‘flyover state’

TOPEKA - The state of Kansas is about to launch a new marketing campaign aimed at rebranding the state as not just one that people pass by on their way to somewhere else, but one that can attract high-tech manufacturing, aviation and agribusiness companies. Gov. Jeff Colyer and other state ...

Scenes from downtown Lawrence’s sidewalk sale, including hemp and poetry

Hemp and poetry is a winning combination at today’s Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. There are many days that a slight variation of that combination is on display in downtown. But let’s not go there. Instead, let’s do some news and notes from today’s 59th annual sidewalk extravaganza. ...

Lawrence Community Bike Ride coming up Saturday

With new rides planned this year, an eighth annual family bike ride this weekend will also offer free helmets and safety vests, while supplies last. The Summer 2018 Lawrence Community Bike Ride will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th St. ...

Photo gallery: Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale 2018

Workers were up long before the sun to prepare for the 59th annual Downtown Lawrence Inc. Sidewalk Sale on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Photos by Mike Yoder Related story: - Town Talk: Scenes from downtown Lawrence’s sidewalk sale, including hemp and poetry

Trump endorses GOP Rep. Yoder’s re-election in Kansas 3rd

TOPEKA — President Donald Trump on Wednesday gave his “full and total endorsement” to Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in a Kansas district that Democrats see as competitive after Hillary Clinton narrowly carried it in the last presidential election. Trump tweeted his support for the ...

Kansas Senate president demotes GOP senator for endorsing Democrats

TOPEKA — Republican Senate President Susan Wagle on Wednesday stripped fellow GOP Sen. Barbara Bollier, R-Mission Hills, from her leadership position on a key committee after Bollier endorsed two Democrats in the upcoming elections. Wagle, of Wichita, issued a statement Wednesday calling ...

Coffee, beer and music come together at new Iowa Street pub

Maybe Lawrence businessman Shaun Trenholm has come up with the next great political slogan, courtesy of his new business Shaun & Sons Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse. “Our slogan is 'It takes a pub in every village,'” Trenholm said. (I know some politicians who are willing to do the ...

Abortion rights advocates hope Iowa case will influence Kansas

TOPEKA — In a case that abortion rights advocates hope will have an impact in Kansas, the Iowa Supreme Court earlier this month struck down a law in that state that imposed a 72-hour waiting period after a woman sees a doctor before she could have an abortion, saying such a law violates the ...

ACLU flyer sparks further sparring between Colyer, Kobach

WICHITA — The American Civil Liberties Union is defending a flyer it mailed comparing the civil rights records of the leading Republican candidates for Kansas governor, calling it voter education. Secretary of State Kris Kobach pointed to the flyer in seeking to portray Gov. Jeff Colyer as ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 18

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 176 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

KU starting research center to study addictions, treatment

A center that will study addictions and how to treat them is being created on the University of Kansas campus. The university says in a news release that graduate Daniel Logan and his wife, Gladys Cofrin, donated $2 million to start the Cofrin-Logan Center for Addiction Research & ...

Westar customers may see rate drops amid settlement

WICHITA — A settlement between Kansas agencies and Westar Energy may lead to utility customers seeing rate drops instead of previously expected increases. The Wichita Eagle reports that the settlement reached Monday would reverse Westar's request for a $17 million rate increase and turn it ...