From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 3, 1987:
- Members of the Kansas House were bracing themselves for long debates this week as a bill that would establish a state-owned lottery was scheduled to come up for debate. The measure was to implement a constitutional amendment that voters had approved in November.
- Meanwhile, in the nation's capital, the U.S. Senate was scheduled to vote early today on a multi-billion dollar highway bill which included $10 million in federal funds for a proposed Lawrence bypass.
- At the request of a local group called Meeting for Peace, Gov. Mike Hayden recently had sent invitations to both President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to conduct a meeting in Lawrence. The governor's letter read in part: "Kansas, the breadbasket of the United States of America, would be the ideal location to pursue the herculean task of solidifying world peace."