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Details of Brownback’s tax plan revealed
January 12, 2012
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief lieutenants on Thursday defended his sweeping plan to overhaul the state’s income tax code, saying they believe it would benefit all segments of society and dismissing criticism that it would unfairly reward the wealthy and businesses at the expense of the poor and working class.
City’s retail vacancy generally improves
Downtown has more empty space because of Borders closing, unfilled offices
January 12, 2012
Businesses began filling up vacant spaces in many parts of Lawrence in 2011, but downtown Lawrence wasn’t necessarily one of them.
Judge: Recall for Basehor mayor, City Council members can proceed
January 12, 2012
Leavenworth County will proceed with a Feb. 28 election for the recall of Basehor Mayor Terry Hill after a judge’s ruling Thursday afternoon.
Midwest gets first big snowstorm of warm winter
January 12, 2012
An unusually mild winter finally gave way to the Midwest’s first big snowstorm of the season Thursday, blanketing a region unfazed by a white Thanksgiving in a layer of powder and pack that forced all-too-happy snow plow drivers off their couches and into the streets.
Brownback proposes tight Kansas budget
Plan would keep school funding at same level, build up state cash reserves
January 12, 2012
A tight, $14.1 billion budget outlined Thursday by Gov. Sam Brownback would keep state funding flat for Kansas public schools and build up cash reserves in an attempt to promote the state’s long-term financial health.
Students celebrate MLK, community service
January 12, 2012
Students from across the Lawrence school district are working to answer a particular question. It’s a question that may — like them — seem small, but is ultimately powerful. It’s the question Martin Luther King Jr. described as “life’s most urgent:” What are you doing for others?
KU gets major requests funded in governor’s plan
January 12, 2012
Kansas University fared well under the budget proposed by Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday.
Prosecutors file aggravated battery charge against woman for Burrito King incident
January 12, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a 24-year-old Lawrence woman with aggravated battery after an altercation in the Burrito King drive-through lane.
Lawrence man reaches diversion agreement in May aggravated assault case downtown
05:23 p.m., January 12, 2012 Updated 09:33 p.m.
A 32-year-old Lawrence man who police subdued with a Taser in downtown Lawrence last May has reached a diversion agreement with prosecutors, his attorney said in court Thursday.
Governor recommends funding for Lawrence SRS office
January 12, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday recommended funding for five state welfare offices, including the one in Lawrence, which last year were targeted by the governor for closure.
Texas Tech’s Terran Petteway suspended one game
January 12, 2012
Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie announced Thursday that he has suspended freshman Terran Petteway one game after he was ejected in Wednesday’s Big 12 contest against Kansas.
Brownback’s arts funding plan criticized as too little
January 12, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday proposed providing $200,000 for the arts, but arts supporters said the measure was inadequate and didn’t make up for his veto of arts funding last year.
Richard Norton Smith to speak at Dole Institute
January 12, 2012
Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith will kick off the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics’ 2012 Presidential Lecture Series on Jan. 29.
Midwest gets first major snowstorm of warm winter
January 12, 2012
The first major snowstorm of an unseasonably warm winter in the Midwest snarled traffic from Missouri to Wisconsin on Thursday and brought badly-needed business to ski areas and idled snow plow operators.
Obama, DNC raise $68M in final 3 months of 2011
January 12, 2012
President Barack Obama hauled in more than $68 million for his campaign and the Democratic Party during the final three months of 2011, a show of force that allows him to compete — for now at least — in the new reality of freewheeling outside political groups.
10 jobs eliminated at Journal-World, weekly newspapers
January 12, 2012
Ten jobs in the news and advertising departments are being eliminated at the Journal-World and its sister weekly newspapers, managers told employees Thursday.
Brownback proposes using casino revenues to pay off garage
January 12, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback wants to use revenues from new casinos in Kansas to pay off the bonds that financed the parking garage at the Statehouse.
No raises for state workers in Brownback’s 2013 budget
January 12, 2012
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback isn’t including a general pay increase for state employees in his proposed budget.
2 bald eagles shot and killed in Kansas
January 12, 2012
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating after two bald eagles were found shot to death in Kansas.
Legislators to hear details of Brownback’s tax plan
January 12, 2012
A sweeping plan to reform the Kansas income tax code should get a favorable reception Thursday when legislators get a full briefing on the proposal, the chairmen of the legislative tax committees said.
Panetta blasts video that allegedly shows Marines urinating on dead Taliban
January 12, 2012
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta phoned Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Thursday and promised full investigation of a video that purports to depict four U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters — a video both men condemned as deplorable.
Russian spacecraft to crash soon, risks unclear
January 12, 2012
A Russian space probe designed to burnish the nation’s faded space glory in a mission to one of Mars’ moons has turned into one of the heaviest, most toxic pieces of space junk ever.
Justice Dept says recent recess appointments legal
11:47 a.m., January 12, 2012 Updated 01:21 p.m.
The Justice Department is defending the legality of President Barack Obama’s recent recess appointment of a national consumer watchdog and other officials from criticism by Republicans.
Company cautions against linking well, Ohio quakes
January 12, 2012
Boos, applause and the occasional outburst marked a gathering of about 500 Ohio residents seeking explanations for a series of earthquakes that has hit their area since deep injection drilling came to town. At a news conference after the forum Wednesday, the company said voluntarily shut down an oil and gas wastewater well in Youngstown to study any links to the quakes urged caution in accepting a seismologist’s finding that their injection well almost certainly caused the quakes.
Ohio panel sticks to ‘White Only’ pool sign ruling
January 12, 2012
A state panel on Thursday upheld its decision that a Cincinnati landlord, who claimed a black girl’s hair products clouded an apartment complex’s swimming pool, discriminated against the child by posting a “White Only” sign poolside.
Winter wheat plantings up amid higher prices,
January 12, 2012
The nation’s farmers seeded more winter wheat this season amid higher prices and easing drought conditions in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
Fight to move 2 elephants from Topeka Zoo resumes
January 12, 2012
Two years after an unsuccessful effort, an animal rights group is renewing its fight to have two elephants moved from the Topeka Zoo to a Tennessee sanctuary.
Attorney General Schmidt expands task force on human trafficking
January 12, 2012
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he wants to improve the state’s efforts to fight human trafficking.
Emporia State to remember past during Founders’ Day event
January 12, 2012
Emporia State University plans to reflect on its past and future as it marks Founders Day next month.
Taiwan official to be sentenced in KC
January 12, 2012
An official from Taiwan is scheduled to be sentenced later this month in Kansas City on a federal labor violation charge.
Wichita case raises immigration debate at sentencing
January 12, 2012
A Wichita man who has lived illegally in the United States for 22 years is fighting what his lawyer says would be a lifetime expulsion from the country.
Statehouse Live: Brownback unveils budget; recommends state funding of local SRS office, $200k in arts funding
January 12, 2012
Brownback has recommended $815,182 to fund five local state welfare offices, including the one in Lawrence.
Town Talk: Starbucks moving forward with W. Sixth Street drive-through; community theater project taking shape; incubator to launch entrepreneur series
January 12, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Discussions growing in Eudora for new library, public safety building
January 12, 2012
Downtown redevelopment is a growing topic in Eudora as discussions heat up for both a new library and a police/fire station to be built on the site of a former school building.
County adjusts voting districts
January 12, 2012
Without even filling out a single ballot, more than 7,000 registered voters soon will find themselves with a new elected representative. And it’s only the beginning.
Man accused of threatening Tonganoxie principal appears in court
January 12, 2012
A 51-year-old rural Tonganoxie man who allegedly threatened the Tonganoxie High School principal in December at the school had his first appearance Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court.
First Bell: 750 words could yield $5,000 for a young entrepreneur; board member joins advisory board for Community Corrections
January 12, 2012
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: KU plagiarism case part of a growing trend; snowy owls continue to generate interest; Baker University trustee wins CASE award
January 12, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Our town sports
January 12, 2012 in print edition on B2
A roundup of community sports opportunities.
Big 12 women’s basketball roundup
January 12, 2012
Brittney Griner had 28 points with 11 rebounds and Baylor remained undefeated with a victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
LHS wrestlers defeat Olathe Northwest
January 12, 2012
Lawrence High’s wrestling squad defeated Olathe Northwest, 58-17, in a dual meet Wednesday night.
KU softball adds coaches
January 12, 2012
Former Kansas University softball player Brittany Hile and ex-Purdue player Alicia Spack will join the KU softball coaching staff for spring 2012, coach Megan Smith announced Wednesday.
Former D-coordinator Clint Bowen to coach special teams for Charlie Weis
January 12, 2012
Two years after leaving, Clint Bowen is coming home.
Carolyn Davis saves best for last to ensure win
January 12, 2012
During the first and second halves of Wednesday’s battle with Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas University junior Carolyn Davis played just 22 minutes because of foul trouble.
Red Raiders suffer ‘good whipping’
January 12, 2012
Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie was able to summarize Wednesday’s 81-46 Big 12 basketball loss to Kansas University pretty well in the first five words of his news conference.
Gary Bedore’s KU notebook: Kansas to fete ’02 team
January 12, 2012
Kansas University’s 2002 Final Four team will be recognized during Saturday’s KU-Iowa State game, set for a 3 p.m. tipoff in Allen Fieldhouse.
Thomas Robinson dominates atypically
January 12, 2012
Thomas Robinson’s national Player of the Year tour hit a pair of speed bumps that limited his time on the United Spirit Arena floor to 19 minutes Wednesday night.
Milestone mauling: Bill Self gets 250th KU win
January 12, 2012 in print edition on B1
Nobody dumped a bucket of Gatorade on Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self late Wednesday night at Texas Tech’s United Spirit Arena.
25 years ago: Thousands watch in Topeka as Hayden sworn in
January 12, 2012
A crowd of nearly 4,000 spectators stood under bright skies in 39-degree weather.
40 years ago: Sen. Dole ends 23-year marriage
January 12, 2012
The two had married in 1948 at Minneapolis, Minn., where Dole had been hospitalized for war injuries.
100 years ago: Coal, wood, river water supply cold-besieged Lawrence
January 12, 2012
“Wood is selling for $7 and $7.50 a cord now.”
Toll roadblock
The Kansas Department of Transportation is right to set the idea of tolls aside and focus on completing the South Lawrence Trafficway.
January 12, 2012
It’s good news that Kansas Department of Transportation officials have decided against trying to charge tolls on any portion of the completed South Lawrence Trafficway.
Not businesslike
January 12, 2012
Being from New Jersey, I am adjusted to reading of strange occurrences in town hall finances. That said, this paper, on Jan. 4, tells us the town fathers have given preliminary approval to 10 payments of $28,000 each as an “incentive” to the developers of the seven-story building at Ninth and New Hampshire.
Change overtaking bigoted views
January 12, 2012
We gather here today to parse the meaning of “boo.”
Art funding
January 12, 2012
If taking a picture of a mannequin in a field (Journal-World front page, Jan.10) is the kind of art Gov. Brownback is cutting funding to, please, governor, cut away.
U.S.-Taliban diplomacy is intriguing
January 12, 2012
For some real-life intrigue at the start of this new year, take a look at the secret diplomacy that’s under way between the United States and the Taliban. Most observers are skeptical the process will produce any breakthroughs, but it’s interesting that the talks are taking place at all.
Jayhawks in the NBA
January 12, 2012
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.
Horoscope for Jan. 12
January 12, 2012
­For Thursday, Jan. 12: You work on a different level from many other people, especially this year. Your intuition evolves, allowing greater understanding. If you are single, you could meet someone quite spectacular in your day-to-day travels. If you are attached, the two of you connect on a very different mental plane. Virgo can be irritating at times.
‘Rob’ exhumes old-school comedy traditions
January 12, 2012
“Rob” (7:30 p.m., CBS) is not as horrible as I had feared. And that’s saying a lot.