Archive for Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
A crowd fills Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont Street, for a public forum on Gov. Sam Brownback's administration's decision to close the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The forum was held Monday, July 11, 2011. Live blog: Monday night’s public forum on closure of Lawrence SRS office
5:26 p.m., July 11, 2011 Updated 8:41 p.m.
Local legislative leaders are having a public forum tonight to discuss the recent decision by Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration to close the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
6:00 a.m.
A crowd fills Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont Street, for a public forum on Gov. Sam Brownback's administration's decision to close the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The forum was held Monday, July 11, 2011. More than 600 gather at public forum to vent frustration with closing of Lawrence SRS office
July 12, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Kathleen McGee, a Lawrence woman with numerous disabilities, said Monday she owed her life to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. One of more than 600 people who attended a public meeting at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt., McGee said she didn’t understand the mindset of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, which has announced that it plans to close the Lawrence SRS office.
10:00 a.m.
Ann House, who works in the city Utilities Department, is one of several city employees who have a city vehicle  in their possession at all times. House responded to a customer's call on a waterline concern on Thursday. Cromwell defends giving city employees raises while private sector employees often go without
July 11, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Mayor Aron Cromwell has heard the question before: Why should city employees get a raise when so many in the private sector haven’t?
2:00 p.m.
Workmen finish up the eastern side of Kasold Drive south of 23rd Street as single-lane traffic flows on the west lanes, at right, on Wednesday. The city began reconstruction of Kasold in late 2010; the project is expected to last several more months. The project is part of the city’s street maintenance program and is utilizing funding from the voter-approved infrastructure sales tax that was passed in 2008. Expect more traffic congestion in Lawrence with Sixth Street construction starting overnight
4:18 p.m., July 11, 2011 Updated 5:04 p.m.
Crews will begin repaving portions of Sixth Street at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, and city officials are warning that traffic delays are expected.
7:00 p.m.
Work on a section of Sixth Street near downtown is expected to delay traffic for several days. Work on Sixth Street to cause major traffic problems; city warns motorists to avoid downtown Kansas River bridges
July 12, 2011 in print edition on 1A
City Hall leaders on Tuesday were making another plea to motorists to avoid the area of Sixth Street between Missouri and Massachusetts streets for several days.

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Tourism opportunity
Local officials should be taking a hard look at how the original rules of basketball might be used to anchor a major tourist attraction.
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
The prospect of bringing James Naismith’s original rules of basketball to Lawrence opens a window of opportunity for Kansas University and local tourism.