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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.
Online chat
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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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.