From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 8, 1971:
- The Lawrence area was in need of rain -- "more than a dust-settling trace" of rain. "Virtually everyone connected with any agriculture or livestock operation" was in agreement that the current dry spell, although not yet in the critical stage, was only about three weeks from that point. The pastures appeared to be the hardest hit, with many livestock having to receive supplemental feed. No damage had yet been observed on crops, and the wheat appeared to be in good shape, but the spring crops were beginning to suffer from dry topsoil conditions. With the exception of a rain of .82 of an inch 11 days previously, the area had not received any moisture since the winter snows.
- Proposed revisions in the traffic regulations for Kansas University included a recommendation that KU spend about $24,000 to subsidize a shuttle bus between campus buildings, dormitories, and major parking areas five night a week. The proposal was currently endangered by the fact that the company supplying the service, the Lawrence Bus Co., was facing the possibility of having to shut down because of a lack of funds to operate through the summer months.