Archive for Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
An employee of a Planned Parenthood clinic, left, greets an inspector from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Wednesday, June 22, 2011, outside the clinic in Overland Park, Kan. The department is inspecting the clinics under a law enacted this year mandating health and safety standards and a special licensing process for abortion providers. Meeting on new Kansas abortion clinic regulations rescheduled for Thursday
June 27, 2011
A state board in Kansas has rescheduled the meeting at which it will review new regulations for abortion providers drafted by the state health department.
9:30 a.m.
Olie Bowden, left, and Kendall Goodden buckle up in Goodden's car after shopping in downtown Lawrence. A new state law will set the fine for not wearing a seat belt at $10. New state law removes cities’ ability to set their own fines for seat belt violations
June 27, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Click it or Ticket soon will have a little less bite in Lawrence and other cities across the state. A new state law that takes effect Friday will require all Kansas cities to charge a $10 fine for failure to wear a seat belt and also removes a city’s ability to charge court costs to prosecute the violation.
1:00 p.m.
A group of parents have proposed privately contracting a bus from First Student Inc. to make up for routes lost when the Lawrence school district cut its transportation budget. Parents consider contracting school buses with their own money
June 27, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Two years after the Lawrence school district put a stop to extended bus service by slashing its transportation budget, some parents hope to bring the familiar yellow buses back to their neighborhoods. With their own money.
4:30 p.m.
A crowd watches as Valerie Wolf pulls sharp razor blades out of her mouth during the 2010 Busker Fest. Wolf was one of many performers putting on street shows during the annual festival. Lawrence Busker Festival organizers try to recoup money from Kansas Arts Commission
6:01 p.m., June 27, 2011 Updated 12:24 a.m. in print edition on 3A
Organizers of Lawrence’s Busker Festival are feeling the effects of Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to eliminate funding for the state’s arts commission.
7:00 p.m.
The Lawrence school board is transitioning into a new era in July, with the departure of four board members and arrival of four new ones elected in April. Pictured here, from left, are Rich Minder, Mark Bradford, Marlene Merrill, Bob Byers, Mary Loveland, Vanessa Sanburn and Scott Morgan. Remaining on the board with two years on their terms are Bradford, Byers and Sanburn, to be joined July 11 by Rick Ingram, Shannon Kimball, Randy Masten and Keith Diaz Moore. Plenty of work awaits new Lawrence school board
June 27, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Test scores are up. Four-year high schools and four “new” middle schools are about to open. Operations are streamlining, career pathways are expanding and results-oriented discussions regarding race are continuing. And there’s more to come, said Rick Doll, superintendent of the Lawrence school district.

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June 28, 2011 in print edition on A10
To the editor:
Toothless law
Starting Friday, cities like Lawrence will be forced to lower their seat-belt fines to a level that will be easy for many motorists to ignore.
June 28, 2011 in print edition on A10
Last year, Kansas legislators passed a seat belt law with a fine so low that there is little or no incentive to abide by it.