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After housing, what's your highest monthly bill?

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Response Percent
Car payment
Credit card
College loan
Other (please specify in comments)
Entertainment (cable, movie subscriptions)
Cell phone
Total 979
Should out-of-state veterans on the GI Bill pay the same tuition as in-state students at state schools?

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Response Percent
Total 706

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kansas University alumna Cassie Rupp, first row, second from right, is vying for the affections of former college football quarterback Tribble Reese on CMT's "Sweet Home Alabama." The show airs Fridays at 8 p.m. Reality show gives KU alumna inside look at TV work
November 28, 2011
With a national television audience watching, Kansas University graduate Cassie Rupp said she did her best to represent the Jayhawks during her appearances on the second season of CMT’s “Sweet Home Alabama.”
6:00 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback, right, said his staff overreacted to a disparaging tweet from 18-year-old Emma Sullivan, left. Brownback apologizes for overreacting to student’s tweet
12:05 p.m., November 28, 2011 Updated 3:04 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Last week, Brownback’s staff, which monitors social media, saw a tweet by 18-year-old Shawnee Mission East senior Emma Sullivan, who wrote an insulting tweet about the governor while she attended a speech by Brownback at the Youth in Government program in Topeka.
2:00 p.m.
Catharine Richards, 9, shows off the hand-decorated picture frame she made for their grandparents. Homemade for the holidays
November 28, 2011
Caryl Hale’s favorite gift from last Christmas? Something special from her husband, Aaron, of course. If visions of diamonds or iPads or high-end cars adorned with bows are dancing in your sweet little head, you’re wrong. Though the Lawrence mom did gasp with surprise and delight when she laid eyes on her gift: A homemade necklace holder.
6:00 p.m.
Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger hangs out with head coach Turner Gill on the sidelines of practice in this Aug. 16 file photo. Zenger announced Gill was fired on Sunday. KU football turns eye to future
November 29, 2011 in print edition on 1B
As some members of the coaching staff loaded cardboard boxes into vehicles outside of the Anderson Family Football Complex on Monday afternoon, Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger met inside with the KU football team and a few remaining members of the staff.

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Topeka Walmart thief believed to have stolen at least $200,000
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A10
Topeka police say they continue to look for a man who they believe stole between $200,000 and $500,000 from a Walmart store in the Kansas capital.
Westar ratepayers oppose proposed $91 million increase
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
If approved by the KCC, the proposal would increase residential customers’ bills by approximately $6.50, or 5.85 percent, per month and give Westar shareholders a 10.6 percent return on equity.
Americans’ confidence in the economy surges
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A7
Americans are beginning to feel more confident about the U.S. economy just as the all-important Christmas shopping season begins. But their optimism may be short-lived.
House votes to ease airport screening for troops
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A7
The House on Tuesday voted unanimously to allow military travelers on official duty to get a special preference to move through airport security checks faster.
Man in custody after standoff on 3300 block of Iowa Street
08:06 p.m., November 29, 2011 Updated 11:28 p.m.
Police took a man into custody Tuesday night after a nearly two-hour standoff outside a mobile home in the 3300 block of Iowa Street. The man in custody is alleged to have threatened a police officer with a gun.
China’s entry into vaccine market may be ‘game changer’
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A9
The world should get ready for a new Made in China product: vaccines.
U.S. scrambles to contain fallout with Pakistan after NATO assault
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A9
The Obama administration scrambled diplomatically Tuesday to repair the damage caused by a NATO air assault that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, hoping Pakistan won’t play spoiler in the U.S.-backed plan to shore up Afghanistan’s security and bring international forces home.
GOP candidates walk tightrope on immigration
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A9
The Republican presidential contenders are tying themselves in knots over immigration.
Douglas County mulls accepting items for Sadies Lake Addition
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
Accepting dedications of easements and rights of way for a planned rural retreat south of Lawrence will be up for approval Wednesday night by members of the Douglas County Commission.
Overnight police chase spans 2 Kansas counties
November 29, 2011
An overnight police chase spanned two Kansas counties and lasted for an hour and 20 minutes.
Dedication ceremony planned Saturday for East Lawrence Santa Fe Depot project
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
A dedication ceremony for a $1.5 million project at the Santa Fe Depot in east Lawrence is set for Saturday.
Drug case against Guy Neighbors dropped
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
A federal judge in Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday dismissed a drug case against Guy Neighbors, a former owner of the Yellow House Store in Lawrence, but the judge declined to dismiss two other cases Neighbors faces.
Social service agencies dispute Douglas County census poverty rates
November 29, 2011
If you believe the U.S. Census Bureau, Lawrence and Douglas County residents have been doing a stellar job of pulling themselves out of poverty lately. The problem is, several social service providers say they don’t believe the U.S. Census Bureau.
Cain on Kansas GOP caucus ballot
November 29, 2011
Republican Herman Cain will be on the Kansas Republican presidential caucus ballot. The state GOP made the announcement on Tuesday, the same day that Cain said he was reassessing whether to continue his campaign in light of new allegations he had a 13-year affair with an Atlanta woman. So far, Cain, Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney have filed to be on the March 10 Kansas Republican caucus. The filing deadline is Dec. 31.
Panel slams Brownback proposal to move juvenile justice programs to SRS
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
Republican and Democratic legislators on Tuesday approved a motion seeking to stop Gov. Sam Brownback from moving several juvenile justice programs to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
13 miles of Route 66 in Kansas is historic byway
November 29, 2011
The state has designated 13 miles of Route 66 in southern Kansas as a Kansas Historic Byway.
Preliminary hearing for Lawrence robbery suspects delayed
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
A defense attorney withdrew Tuesday from representing a Kansas City, Kan., man causing a Douglas County judge to delay a preliminary hearing for two Kansas City, Kan., men accused in a 2008 Lawrence robbery.
Kansas cattle producers focus on market, tax policy at forum in Wichita
November 29, 2011
Hundreds of Kansas cattle producers will converge in Wichita this week as the Kansas Livestock Association examines options for revamping the state’s tax structure.
Police questioning man after woman stabbed at northern Lawrence residence
03:46 p.m., November 29, 2011 Updated 05:04 p.m. in print edition on A4
Lawrence police and medics at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday were responding to a report of a possible stabbing at a residence in northern Lawrence.
Ohio officials take 200-pound boy from mother
November 29, 2011
The case of an 8-year-old Cleveland Heights boy taken from his family because he weighs more than 200 pounds has renewed a debate on whether parents should lose custody if a child is severely obese.
Conrad Murray sentenced to 4 years in manslaughter death of Michael Jackson
November 29, 2011
The doctor convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced to the maximum four years behind bars Tuesday by a judge who denounced him as a reckless physician whose actions were a “disgrace to the medical profession.”
Boy who accused Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky disputes defense’s approach
November 29, 2011
A newly hired lawyer for a high school student described by prosecutors as a sexual abuse victim of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky said Tuesday that he has been distressed to hear Sandusky’s attorney dispute the charges.
Herman Cain tells aides he is reassessing his presidential campaign in wake of affair allegation
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A9
Herman Cain told aides Tuesday he is assessing whether the latest allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior against him “create too much of a cloud” for his Republican presidential candidacy to go forward.
US to pay $2.5M in tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens’ 2001 anthrax death
November 29, 2011
More than a decade after tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens became the first victim of the 2001 anthrax attacks, the U.S. government has agreed to pay his widow and family $2.5 million to settle their lawsuit, according to documents released Tuesday.
Advocates hope national release of Jana Mackey video will raise awareness about domestic violence
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
The national release of a video about Jana Mackey, a Lawrence woman who was killed by her former boyfriend, will be Dec. 6.
American Airlines files for bankruptcy protection
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A7
The parent company of American Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, seeking relief from crushing debt caused by high fuel prices and expensive labor contracts that its competitors shed years ago.
Pakistan steps up anti-US rhetoric after attack
November 29, 2011
Pakistan withdrew from an international conference on stabilizing Afghanistan to protest the deadly attack by American forces on its troops, widening a fresh rupture in ties with a nominal ally that is endangering the U.S. plan for gradually ending the war.
Norway killer Anders Behring Breivik found insane, unfit for prison
November 29, 2011
BJOERN H. AMLAND,Associated Press Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik belongs in psychiatric care instead of prison, prosecutors in Norway said Tuesday after a mental evaluation declared him legally insane during a bomb-and-shooting rampage that killed 77 people.
Sheriff: DNA identifies John Wayne Gacy victim
November 29, 2011
More than 30 years after finding bones beneath John Wayne Gacy’s house, authorities have identified a 19-year-old Chicago construction worker who disappeared in 1976 as one of Gacy’s eight unnamed victims.
Facebook settles with US over deception charges
November 29, 2011
Facebook is settling with the Federal Trade Commission over charges it deceived consumers with its privacy settings to get people to share more personal information than they originally agreed to.
After exoneration, Topeka case reopened to find DNA match for real rapist
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
A detective with the Topeka Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit said he’s been in contact with a California scientist who might hold the clue to a decades-old unsolved rape case.
House voting to ease airport screening for troops
November 29, 2011
Military travelers on official duty would get a special preference to move through airport security checks faster under a bill before the House.
Study: Number of uninsured American children fell 14 percent
November 29, 2011
A new study shows the number of uninsured children in the U.S. has dropped by 1 million in the past three years even as the number living in poverty has risen.
Child molester Scott Bivins sentenced to 11.5 years in prison for crimes against two girls east of Baldwin City
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Douglas County judge on Tuesday sentenced a 46-year-old Edgerton man to serve 11.5 years in prison for molesting two girls, ages 5 and 6, east of Baldwin City in 2010.
Overheated refrigerator likely cause of weekend fire at KU’s Malott Hall
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas University officials said Tuesday that an overheated refrigerator likely caused a Saturday morning fire that damaged a medicinal chemistry lab at Malott Hall on campus.
Gov. Sam Brownback to host forum on literacy
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
Gov. Sam Brownback will host a forum next week on literacy.
Opponents on Kansas school finance to speak at forum in Baldwin City
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
A forum on school finance — featuring speakers on opposite ends of the issue — will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Baldwin City High School.
Man who was in coma following K-10 accident has died
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 45-year-old Missouri man died Monday after he was injured in January in a crash on Kansas Highway 10 near De Soto, according to a Kansas City, Kan., funeral home.
Federal report shows Kansas City is a hub for drug traffickers
10:52 a.m., November 29, 2011 Updated 01:05 p.m.
A federal report indicates Kansas City continues to be a hub for drug traffickers to move their illicit goods across the country.
Titanic exhibit to return to KC’s Union Station
November 29, 2011
Kansas City’s Union Station is bringing back its most popular exhibit.
Blue Rapids Museum north of Topeka to host Smithsonian exhibit
10:16 a.m., November 29, 2011 Updated 02:43 p.m.
The Blue Rapids Museum in Topeka will be a partner site for the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit highlighting the working world.
Brownback names Missouri River panel
November 29, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback has named an advisory committee to help the administration assess future flooding issues in Kansas along the Missouri River.
Police: Man stole at least $200K from Topeka Walmart
November 29, 2011
Police say a man has stolen between $200,000 and $500,000 from a Walmart store in Topeka.
Colorado man sues Topeka-area couple he kidnapped
10:10 a.m., November 29, 2011 Updated 04:08 p.m.
A Kansas couple is asking a judge to dismiss a breach of contract lawsuit filed by a suburban Denver man who held them hostage while fleeing from authorities.
Town Talk: UPDATE: Meeting about Gaslight Village development tonight; More apartments slated for NW Lawrence; Eudora sand pit proposal heating up again; depot to host dedication ceremony Saturday
08:01 a.m., November 29, 2011 Updated 11:53 a.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas Humane Society tries Black Friday sale
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A2
These Black Friday steals aren’t sticking around in the closet until Christmas.
Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton to host Christmas Vespers and open house Sunday
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A2
The Territorial Capital Museum, 640 E. Woodson Ave. in Lecompton, will hold its annual Christmas Vespers and open house at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Vinland United Methodist Church dinner, program to benefit Youthville of Kansas
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A2
The Vinland United Methodist Church this weekend will be hosting its annual benefit for Youthville of Kansas, a nonprofit group that works to assist children who are victims of abuse.
KU architecture professor earns top acoustics educator honor
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Kansas University architecture professor has been named as the nation’s top educator in acoustics by the Acoustical Society of America.
First Bell: ‘Grading for Learning’ to include large-group Q&A; district offers free developmental screenings
November 29, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Lawrence school district testing new math assessment
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
Nearly half of all students in the Lawrence school district either already have or soon will be taking a new assessment test, one devised by the district to help guide math instruction.
Blogger, political activist tells the tales of oppression in her country of Azerbaijan
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
Arzu Geybullayeva, a 28-year-old Azerbaijani citizen, knew her blog was taking off when the Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan came up to her, introduced himself and offered a bit of advice.
Heard on the Hill: Law students win moot court competition; look for emergency texting system test on Wednesday; Ian Cummings named editor of University Daily Kansan
November 29, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Packer Plastics begins expansion project
November 29, 2011
Officials at the Packer Plastics plant in Lawrence announced that they were ready to begin construction on a 197,000-square-foot expansion project.
40 years ago: Stringent budget recommended for Kansas higher education
November 29, 2011
The chair of the Kansas Board of Regents was expressing shock and amazement at the austere budget recommendations recently made by the state budget director.
100 years ago: Full-page ad gives glimpse of Lawrence businesses
November 29, 2011
“Fresh New York Buckwheat Flour just received. Now is the time for hot cakes and maple sugar.”
Kyle Orton eager for shot at starting job
November 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
Kyle Orton finished dressing after the Chiefs’ loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night and then turned to face reporters for the first time since he was claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos.
KU volleyball players honored
November 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s volleyball team collected a couple of awards Monday.
Haskell hoops earns a split
November 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
Conditioning has been an issue for the Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball team. So coach Shane Flanagan made sure his team ran over the holiday break. Hard.
Brock Berglund sad to see Turner Gill go
November 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
Although he spent nearly all of the 2011 season away from the team, Kansas University freshman quarterback Brock Berglund expressed disappointment over the news of the firing of former KU coach Turner Gill.
Firebirds gear up for winter
November 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
As is the case for most teams, no one knows for certain what lies ahead for each of Free State’s winter sports teams. There might be some uncertainty surrounding the Firebirds, but that won’t make them any less ready to compete as seasons get started this week.
Tyshawn Taylor: Turnovers fixable
November 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor refuses to blame fatigue for his school-record 11 turnovers against Duke.
Timing right for Mike Leach
November 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
Mike Leach’s off-the-field issues — multiple lawsuits he has filed — don’t necessarily have to scare off Kansas just because they reportedly kept Maryland from pulling the trigger.
KU football turns eye to future
November 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
As some members of the coaching staff loaded cardboard boxes into vehicles outside of the Anderson Family Football Complex on Monday afternoon, Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger met inside with the KU football team and a few remaining members of the staff.
Dream house: Gingerbread experts share the secrets of the trade
November 29, 2011
Patience, technique and creativity build a strong foundation, even if it’s laced in sugar and spice.
Energy security
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
Congress is developing a plan to tackle the U.S. deficit and get people back to work after the supercommittee’s failure.
Broken promises
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
All things are connected, but some folks don’t get it.
Citizens or sheep?
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
We need all three: education, liberty and democracy. Free people think (education), then speak (liberty) and finally vote (democracy).
No apology
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
Not content with his attacks on education, the environment, the arts and SRS, Gov. Brownback has recently shown a dramatic misunderstanding of freedom of speech.
A rational GOP stand on immigration
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
Finally, there is a voice of reason on immigration among the front-runners for the Republican nomination, who until last week’s debate seemed to be competing with one another to see who could take the craziest stand against Hispanic immigrants.
Shelter success
The determined efforts of Lawrence Community Shelter supporters are paying off.
November 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
Many good things have happened in Lawrence during the past 11 months, and one of the best was the successful effort to raise the money to establish a new facility for the city’s homeless. Most communities in the country — large and small — have a homeless population and, for years,
Horoscope for Nov. 29
November 29, 2011
You have an unusual amount of bounce this year. Even in difficult moments you come back strong. If you are single, you have quite a portfolio and revolving door of admirers. With so many potential suitors, you might be quite challenged by the process of choosing. Summer 2012 on could be instrumental for romance. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy your time together even more. Aquarius draws you out of your shell.
TNT rushes to fill TV movie vacuum
November 29, 2011
Watch television long enough, and every popular format goes out of style just long enough to return again. Television movies have been neglected almost to the point of extinction. The annual Emmy Award judges are often hard-pressed to find enough movies to nominate, and they are generally drawn from British-made PBS fare and a handful of films from HBO.