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6:01 a.m.
Police block the area where a suspicious vehicle is parked on the west side of the Kansas Judicial Center, across the street from the statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Police say a man is being questioned in Topeka after allegedly phoning in a threat against the Kansas governor's office. Capitol police spokesman Patrick Saleh says another man is being questioned Wednesday afternoon about a suspicious vehicle parked near the Statehouse. The Topeka Capital-Journal report the two events don't appear to be related. Explosives found in truck parked near Statehouse
12:57 p.m., February 15, 2012 Updated 12:28 a.m.
Several homemade bombs were found Wednesday in a pickup truck parked near the Kansas Statehouse that had specialty license plates issued only to U.S. military paratroopers, and police said they arrested the owner inside an underground tunnel connecting the Capitol to an office building.
10:00 a.m.
Chuck Fisher, a 38-year Audio Reader volunteer, is pictured on Feb. 6 inside a studio. Fisher, who grew up in Lawrence, says he used to read to his grandfather on weekends when he was in high school. “I guess I’m still reading for him in some way,” Fisher said. Longtime Audio-Reader volunteer honored for rare sense of empathy
February 15, 2012
Sometimes, when Chuck Fisher gets up at night, he takes the opportunity to practice an exercise that helps him connect with the visually impaired people he reads to every week as a volunteer for the Kansas Audio-Reader Network.
11:01 a.m.
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Recap: Lawrence doctor chats about unique practice
February 16, 2012
Dr. Ryan Neuhofel will be available Feb. 16 to discuss his new family practice in Lawrence. Neuhofel is unique in that he doesn’t accept health insurance or third party plans; instead he charges fees for services. He’s even willing to barter.
2:00 p.m.
After a protest outside Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office, more than 300 people rallied near the south steps of the Statehouse on Wednesday. Rally hits Capitol in opposition to Brownback, Kobach initiatives
3:24 p.m., February 15, 2012 Updated 12:22 a.m.
More than 300 people on Wednesday converged on the Statehouse to rally against the policies of Gov. Sam Brownback, Secretary of State Kris Kobach and corporate influence over the Kansas Legislature.
6:00 p.m.
Sarah Tansely, the manager of Chicago's Humboldt Park Branch Library and one of three finalists for the Lawrence Public Library director's job, visits with Lawrence residents after she spoke Wednesday, Feb. 15, at City Hall. Library director finalist vetted by employees, public
February 16, 2012
A finalist for the Lawrence Public Library director position made her case to about 40 library employees and members of the public Wednesday.

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Professor files lawsuit after KU denies him tenure
February 16, 2012
A Kansas University mechanical engineering professor is asking a Douglas County District Court judge to overturn the university’s decision to deny him tenure.
Lawrence to the 1st under congressional redistricting proposal
February 16, 2012
All of Douglas County would be in the 1st U.S. House District under a congressional redistricting plan filed by Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora.
Highway interests in Kansas try to run GOP tax plan off the road
February 16, 2012
Contractors, cities and counties on Thursday tried to slam the brakes on a proposal by House Republican leaders that would divert $350 million in highway funds to pay for a cut in the state income tax.
Lawrence police officer arrested for DUI
February 16, 2012
A Lawrence police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper on Jan. 5, District Attorney Charles Branson said Thursday.
Suspect whose truck contained homemade explosives released
February 16, 2012
A spokesman for the Kansas Capitol Police says a man whose pickup was found to contain homemade bombs near the Statehouse has been released from custody.
Brownback waiting to comment on concealed carry on campus proposal
February 16, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday declined to weigh in on a proposal that would allow concealed carry license holders to bring their guns on campuses and other public buildings.
Kansas Senate committee approves increased fines for K-10 traffic violations
February 16, 2012
Fines would double on Kansas Highway 10 under a bill approved by a Senate committee.
Two Lawrence police officers suspended for role in fixing traffic tickets in exchange for KU basketball tickets
03:10 p.m., February 16, 2012 Updated 07:17 p.m.
City leaders have confirmed that two Lawrence police officers were suspended following an investigation conducted by the FBI related to traffic tickets being fixed in exchange for Kansas University basketball tickets.
Brownback confident NBAF will be built
February 16, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback says members of President Barack Obama’s administration still support building a new biosecurity lab in Kansas.
Federal charges unlikely for man whose truck was found with homemade explosives near Statehouse
11:31 a.m., February 16, 2012 Updated 02:34 p.m.
A man detained after homemade bombs were found inside his pickup near the Kansas Statehouse will not face federal charges, a federal law enforcement spokeswoman said Thursday.
Trucking company moving 120 jobs to Overland Park
February 16, 2012
Trucking company YRC Worldwide says it will move 120 jobs to its headquarters in Overland Park.
House committee approves bill that requires candidates for state and federal offices to prove citizenship
February 16, 2012
Candidates for state and federal office in Kansas would have to prove their citizenship under a bill approved by a Kansas House committee.
Town Talk: Developer seeks to add art gallery, offices, more apartments around the Poehler building; predictions for the Lawrence and KC area economy
February 16, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: Committee approves letting state agencies buy water but doesn’t provide funding
February 16, 2012
The water dispute stemmed from approval last year of a measure that prevented state agencies from buying water and water dispensers at taxpayer expense. The savings was to be used to offset an earlier budget cut to the Kansas Neurological Institute.
Clinton Lake Historical society sets annual meeting for Saturday night
February 16, 2012
The Clinton Lake Historical Society’s annual meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clinton Lake Presbyterian Church with a potluck dinner.
Many in N.Y. cheer delay of animal disease lab move
February 16, 2012
The Obama administration has put the brakes on a plan to build a new lab that studies contagious animal diseases, a decision that has pitted disappointed Kansans hopeful about growth against New Yorkers fighting to keep about 200 jobs at a Cold War-era facility on a tiny island.
Gov. Brownback touts gains in wind energy
February 16, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback and several wind energy officials are touting efforts in Kansas to develop the power source and asking that a federal tax credit for the industry not be allowed to expire.
County approves plan for senior housing
February 16, 2012
Douglas County commissioners were convinced. At Wednesday’s meeting, they unanimously agreed to donate the land to the nonprofit organization on the condition that the plan is approved for development.
Library director finalist vetted by employees, public
February 16, 2012
A finalist for the Lawrence Public Library director position made her case to about 40 library employees and members of the public Wednesday.
Heard on the Hill: 5-year-old KSU fan refuses to color Jayhawk in class; reader asks about KU’s helium connection; Engineering Expo coming soon
February 16, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Former Jayhawk Brady Morningstar familiar with Jeremy Lin
February 16, 2012
Brady Morningstar and Jerome Dyson, former starting guards for college basketball national powerhouses, recently talked about the same thing the rest of us interested in sports have been discussing lately in the office, at the dinner table, on the phone.
Our Town Sports for Feb. 16
February 16, 2012
A weekly roundup of local events and results.
Long Beach keeps hope for tourney
February 16, 2012 in print edition on B2
Syracuse is solid and Kentucky is kinetic, but several scenarios remain unresolved as college basketball marches toward March and the NCAA tournament.
Top-ranked Kentucky opens doors to practice
February 16, 2012 in print edition on B2
Kentucky opened its practice on Wednesday, allowing students, faculty, staff and a national television audience to watch the top-ranked Wildcats’ workout and scrimmage.
City swimmers/divers plentiful at state
February 16, 2012
Between Free State and Lawrence high schools, there will be at least one city athlete in almost every event at the Class 6A state swimming and diving meet this year.
TCU players arrested in drug bust
February 16, 2012 in print edition on B2
Authorities arrested 17 students at Texas Christian University on Wednesday as part of a six-month drug sting, an especially embarrassing blow to the school because it included four members of the high-profile football team.
KU’s Thomas Robinson, UK’s Anthony Davis neck-and-neck
February 16, 2012
Kansas University’s Thomas Robinson and Kentucky’s Anthony Davis head into the homestretch of the regular season as leading contenders for college basketball’s National Player of the Year.
How former Jayhawks fared (Feb. 16)
February 16, 2012 in print edition on B4
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Feb. 15.
25 years ago: Local group traveling in Soviet Union can’t phone home
February 16, 2012
Telecommunications with the folks back home were proving difficult for a few area officials traveling in the Soviet Union this week.
40 years ago: Northwest acreage to be annexed by city
February 16, 2012
The Lawrence City Commission voted unanimously today to annex 1,780 acres northwest of the city limits.
100 years ago: Lawn-mowing bunny missing after encounter with neighborhood dog
February 16, 2012
“Readers of the Journal-World doubtless will remember the story of the manner in which Brother Gustafson kept his grass cut at 946 New Hampshire….”
Horoscope for Feb. 16
February 16, 2012
For Thursday, Feb. 16: This year you focus on broadening your inner circle and forging stronger friendships. If you are attached, a partner frequently could be angry or jealous. Indulge your sweetie more often, and treat him or her like your best friend. You will relate more easily. If you are single, a friend could become more, or you might meet your next sweetie through a friend, most likely after June.
Some love ‘Raymond’; some don’t
February 16, 2012
Does humor travel well? Can it survive translation? Should it? What’s the difference between the American sense of funny and humor abroad?
A dog of a bill
In a year marked by huge policy issues, Kansas legislators should defer any action on a surprisingly controversial measure to name a state dog.
February 16, 2012
At first, it sounded like those cute Kansas school children were at it again, but come to find out, it was a couple of Kansas adults who decided to launch an effort to have the cairn terrier designated as the Kansas state dog.
Apology may open dialogue
February 16, 2012
When one writes about moral convictions, it’s probably a good idea to consistently live up to them. That way people can still disagree with your convictions, but they have a difficult time accusing you of hypocrisy.
Ignorance of history alarming
February 16, 2012
There are only two possible explanations for that photo.
No closings
February 16, 2012
I am a proud Lawrencian, quick to defend my decision to keep my roots firmly planted here, where I grew up. My paternal grandparents attended elementary in the same school my children have come to love, and my father and I have dedicated portions of our lives to working in the schools here.