Archive for Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
Richard Gwin/ Journal-World Photo.Looking northwest from 6th and Congressional a empty lot sits where a proposed Lowe's is trying to build. Lowe’s brings City Hall new plans for store in Lawrence
July 26, 2011
After having one plan rejected in October, Lowe’s has filed a new set of plans to build a northwest Lawrence store, this one on vacant property just west of Walmart at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
6:00 a.m.
Leaders at the Lawrence Community Shelter are once again looking at a vacant warehouse building at 3701 E. 25th St. A deal by the county to purchase the property adjacent to the warehouse has reopened the possibility for the shelter to relocate there. Douglas County commissioners considering land purchase for consolidated public works operation — opening door to homeless shelter relocation
2:52 p.m., July 26, 2011 Updated 4:47 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Douglas County leaders plan to acquire land that will house a consolidated Public Works complex and also allow the downtown homeless shelter to relocate.
10:00 a.m.
The City Commission unanimously gave final approval for a remodel of the Dillons store at 1740 Mass. on Tuesday night. The store was photographed Tuesday in a stitched-together panorama showing Babcock Place at far left. Mass. St. Dillons remodel approved by City Commission
July 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
There were smiles all around at Lawrence City Hall on Tuesday night as city commissioners unanimously gave final approval for Dillons to replace its existing grocery on south Massachusetts Street with a larger, more modern store.
2:00 p.m.
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services announced Friday that it will be closing the Lawrence SRS service center, 1901 Del. SRS says workers now can transfer to Topeka; Douglas County commissioners petition governor over office closure
July 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Douglas County commissioners have asked Gov. Sam Brownback to reject the planned closure of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services office in Lawrence, saying shutting it down will cost county taxpayers more than the state will save and result in the loss of services to vulnerable people.

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Faulty SRS plan
As the cost-saving justifications for closing the Lawrence SRS office crumble away, state officials should admit their mistake and revisit their decision.
July 27, 2011 in print edition on A7
It is becoming increasingly apparent that officials of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services hadn’t done their homework before deciding to close the Lawrence SRS office.