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Regulators, industry cooperate to renew licenses for nuclear plants to continue operating
NRC has never denied a license renewal request
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A1
When commercial nuclear power was getting its start in the 1960s and 1970s, industry and regulators stated unequivocally that reactors were designed only to operate for 40 years. Now they tell another story — insisting that the units were built with no inherent life span, and can run for up to a century, an Associated Press investigation shows.
Lawrence police still investigating case of man found dead in Howard Johnson hotel
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police detectives Wednesday still were investigating the death of a 52-year-old Lawrence man whose body was found Tuesday morning in a Lawrence hotel room.
Twelve young pianists to take part in International Institute for Young Musicians competition at Kansas University
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A10
Twelve young pianists from across the world are scheduled to compete in the International Institute for Young Musicians piano competition this weekend at Kansas University.
Exhibit detailing life of Lincoln on display at Lecompton’s Territorial Capital Museum
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A5
A traveling exhibit chronicling the life and times of Abraham Lincoln is on display in Lecompton, the site of a pivotal decision that helped clear the way for his election as president.
Southbound lanes of K-7 closed east of Basehor by fatality accident
03:48 p.m., July 6, 2011 Updated 06:13 p.m. in print edition on A4
A fatality accident Wednesday afternoon will leave southbound U.S. Highway 73/Kansas Highway 7 near Fairmount Road closed for several hours, highway officials estimate.
Kansas Gov. Brownback says cut in Medicaid rates possible
July 6, 2011
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is not ruling out cutting payments to health care providers under the state’s Medicaid program.
Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson holding space shuttle watch party
July 6, 2011
The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is inviting the public to a watch party for the final launch of NASA’s shuttle program.
Shawnee County, deputies fail to reach contract
July 6, 2011
Shawnee County hasn’t been able to work out a contract with its sheriff’s deputies.
Cable worker hospitalized in Wichita after apparent shock
July 6, 2011
A cable contractor has been hospitalized in Wichita after he was found hanging from a utility pole.
Missouri River floods force trains to western Kansas
July 6, 2011
More train traffic is running through Dodge City in western Kansas because of floods along the Missouri River in eastern Kansas and western Missouri.
Great Bend police investigate girl’s death
July 6, 2011
Police in Great Bend have been investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl.
Scrap metal from Topeka air base for sale
July 6, 2011
Scrap metal from a former Air Force storage facility at the Topeka airport has gone up for sale.
Six more Kansas counties added to disaster proclamation after storms, flooding
July 6, 2011
Six Kansas counties have been added to a state disaster declaration generated by storms and flooding.
Federal Elections Commission members question dismissal of complaint against Congressman Kevin Yoder
July 6, 2011
Two members of the Federal Elections Commission said in a recent letter that they object to the dismissal of a complaint against Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder. Commission chairwoman Cynthia Bauerly and commissioner Ellen Weintraub, both Democrats, claimed a majority on the commission embraced “deliberate misinterpretation” of campaign finance law to close the case against Yoder, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Wednesday.
Brownback says Missouri River floods should prompt review of Corps of Engineers
July 6, 2011
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback questioned Wednesday whether controlling floods is a high enough priority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers overseeing the Missouri River system and called for the creation of a special commission to examine its role.
Federal judge cancels hearing in Planned Parenthood case
July 6, 2011
A federal judge has postponed the first hearing in a lawsuit over a decision by Kansas to deny family planning funds to a Planned Parenthood chapter.
Sheriff’s officers take man into custody following domestic disturbance
Deputies use Taser to subdue suspect
02:34 p.m., July 6, 2011 Updated 05:56 p.m. in print edition on A4
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers have taken a man into custody as a suspect in a domestic battery incident north of Lawrence after the man had refused to leave a house and follow officers’ commands.
Judge denies former Lawrence church youth leader’s request to dismiss aggravated indecent liberties case
12:50 p.m., July 6, 2011 Updated 01:54 p.m. in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge has denied a former Lawrence church youth leader’s request to dismiss an aggravated indecent liberties case against him.
Statehouse Live: Brownback defends closure of Lawrence SRS office; local lawmaker says decision wasn’t data driven
12:22 p.m., July 6, 2011 Updated 04:57 p.m. in print edition on A1
Gov. Sam Brownback said it was reasonable to close the Lawrence office because of its proximity to other SRS offices in other towns that were accessible by “four-lane roads.”
Douglas County Route 9 — closed for seven months by work on Kansas Turnpike — now open
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A4
A road at the edge of North Lawrence is back open, now that the bridges above it are finished along the Kansas Turnpike.
KU to confer honorary degrees for first time in university’s history
Honor could also include opportunity to speak at graduation
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A1
After getting the go-ahead from the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas University is beginning a process that would award honorary degrees for what’s believed to be the first time in the school’s history.
Postal service offering discount to businesses, such as Westar, that include quick response codes on envelopes
July 6, 2011
“Snail mail” might not exactly be the communications wave of the future, but the United States Postal Service is trying to keep up with one emerging technology trend: smart phones.
Man sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for battery at Lawrence apartment
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Douglas County judge Wednesday morning sentenced a 20-year-old Lawrence man to serve 38 months in prison for injuring two people during a September robbery at a Lawrence apartment.
Saturation traffic patrols and DUI check lane to be in force Saturday in Douglas County
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A10
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers will conduct saturation traffic patrols and a DUI check lane Saturday evening.
Slight risk of severe weather across much of Kansas Wednesday
July 6, 2011
The National Weather Service has put Lawrence and much of Kansas in a slight risk of severe weather.
Rollover accident reported with minor injuries on I-70 west of Lawrence
July 6, 2011
Medics were responding Wednesday morning to a rollover accident on the Kansas Turnpike west of Lawrence, although a law enforcement officer reported minor injuries.
Heard on the Hill: KU sorority purchases house from fraternity; KU alumna named to board of Marathon Oil; KU’s department of public administration gets new name
July 6, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
3 Eudora residents linked to recent burglaries of vehicles and sheds
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A8
Douglas County prosecutors have charged three Eudora residents in connection with several recent burglaries of vehicles and sheds.
City commissioners send land annexation request to Douglas County Commission to be reviewed
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A3
A request to open up more space for industrial development northwest of Lawrence is headed to Douglas County commissioners for review.
Lawrence man reports $1,027 worth of items stolen in vehicle burglary
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 22-year-old Lawrence man reported $1,027 worth of items including two pair of sunglasses and cash were stolen from his vehicle in a burglary that occurred between midnight and 11 a.m. June 27 in the 3200 block of Cardinal Drive.
Lawrence woman reports stolen 2000 Chrysler Cirrus
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 26-year-old Lawrence woman reported Sunday morning her 2000 Chrysler Cirrus car valued at $3,000 was stolen from 900 block of Homewood Street.
Texas man reports stolen boxes of cigarettes, iPod in vehicle burglary
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 55-year-old Texas man reported to Lawrence police Saturday that someone had stolen four boxes of a large quantity of Native brand cigarettes valued at $2,220 and an iPod valued at $150 in a vehicle burglary that occurred between 10 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. Saturday in the 700 block of North Street.
Lawrence man to plead guilty to methamphetamine trafficking
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 43-year-old Lawrence man who is accused of making a drug transaction over the phone from a law enforcement interview room plans to plead guilty to federal methamphetamine trafficking charges, according to court records in the case.
Catching up: A look at Kansas University’s top wideouts
July 6, 2011 in print edition on B1
Last season, Kansas University’s football wide receivers left more than a little to be desired.
Paulino, Royals get win
K.C. pitcher ends yearlong drought
July 6, 2011 in print edition on B1
After ending a long winless drought, Felipe Paulino reflected on his journey. Paulino struck out nine in six innings for his first victory in more than a year, and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox, 5-3, on Tuesday night.
Sporting KC acquires teen standout
July 6, 2011
Sporting Kansas City has acquired the rights to forward Soony Saad, an 18-year-old standout at the University of Michigan.
Two Jayhawks on preseason watch list
July 6, 2011 in print edition on B1
’Tis the season for college football’s watch lists. And even though the Kansas University football team is coming off its worst season in nine years, a couple of Jayhawks have landed on one of those watch lists.
NWS issues severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County until 3 a.m.
12:00 a.m., July 6, 2011 Updated 12:14 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County and surrounding counties until 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Team owners don’t need salary caps
July 6, 2011
The gullible happily bought into the nonsense that salary caps were created for the fans.
Cardinals activate Pujols off DL
July 6, 2011
Albert Pujols is more than just one of the best players in baseball. He’s also an incredibly rapid healer.
25 years ago: New pay scale under consideration for county workers
July 6, 2011
A new countywide pay classification scale was under consideration.
40 years ago: ‘Gang fight’ in Eudora results in arrests, injuries
July 6, 2011
Two men, aged 22 and 20, had been taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after having been injured in a fight in Eudora.
100 years ago: Eagles lodge members move into new home
July 6, 2011
“The members are very proud of their home and are justly so.”
Notable votes
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A7
According to the Congressional Record, the voting record of our two Kansas senators and our four representatives is as follows.
Road to prosperity?
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A7
Let’s review our governor’s methods for creating prosperity in Kansas.
No GOP compromise
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A7
Mike Hoeflich’s commentary (“U.S. losing art of compromise,” June 30) misses the mark by a mile.
Recall effort?
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A7
First it was William Quantrill. Now it’s Sam Brownback and Kris Kobach. These “Topeka Ruffians” have openly declared war on women, immigrants, the poor and needy, the arts and now Lawrence, itself.
Please explain
State officials owe Douglas County a full explanation for their decision to close the Lawrence SRS office.
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A7
A spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services said Friday that the decision to close the SRS office in Lawrence was the result of “a very detailed process that was thought out and researched and examined.”
U.S. democracy based on compromise
July 6, 2011 in print edition on A7
Since moving to Philadelphia, I’ve often visited the room in Independence Hall where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Fake reality flips from one gig to another
July 6, 2011
How bad is the real estate market? The guy on “Flipping Out” (8 p.m., Bravo) isn’t doing much flipping anymore.
Horoscope for July 6
July 6, 2011
This year, you could be more fussy than in the past yet still communicative. Your ability to befriend others is high, but people start to expect that friendliness every time they see you. If you are single, you meet people with ease. Take your time dating; don’t rush. If you are attached, the two of you might benefit from making a point of spending several nights a month alone as a couple. More warmth will be the end result. Relating to Libra could produce tension.