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KU women vs. Texas Tech Lawrence High vs. Free State wrestling The day in photos, Jan. 25, 2012
Two weeks after his state of the state address, which proposal by Gov. Sam Brownback do you think has the best chance of passing the legislature and being signed into law during the 2012 session?

Poll results

Response Percent
Eliminate defined benefit pension plan with defined contribution
Cap state spending growth to 2 percent per year
Overhaul school finance formula
Overhaul tax code
Privatize Medicaid
Total 267

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KU women top No. 21 Texas Tech, 62-43
January 25, 2012
The Kansas University women’s basketball team picked up its second Big 12 victory of the season against a ranked opponent on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, knocking off No. 21 Texas Tech, 62-43.
Islamists, liberals square off in Egypt’s Tahrir
January 25, 2012
Hundreds of thousands thronged major squares across Egypt on Wednesday, marking the first anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak with rallies that laid bare the divisions that have replaced the unity of last year’s revolt.
Probe into Planned Parenthood document shredding nears end
January 25, 2012
A northeast Kansas sheriff’s department has nearly finished investigating the shredding of state documents seen as key evidence in a criminal case against a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Kansas lawmakers want to review food stamps change
January 25, 2012
Some legislators said Wednesday they plan to review a new state policy that has reduced or cut off food stamp benefits to hundreds of U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants in Kansas.
Brownback staff had significant role in KBA audit
January 25, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration insisted on expanding the scope of a forensic audit into the Kansas Bioscience Authority’s activities and specified what areas should be examined, an exchange of documents between the auditor and the governor’s administration show.
Dive team called to investigate vehicle in Kansas River at De Soto park
03:12 p.m., January 25, 2012 Updated 06:10 p.m.
Johnson County Sheriff’s officials called in an Overland Park dive team to help recover a vehicle in the Kansas River, Deputy Rick Howell said Wednesday afternoon.
No danger detected after Douglas County Courthouse evacuated
County commission meets in South Park
02:51 p.m., January 25, 2012 Updated 05:24 p.m.
An Overland Park bomb squad did not find anything “of concern” in a package left outside of the Douglas County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon, according to County Administrator Craig Weinaug.
Kansas attorney general targets scams that prey on military families
January 25, 2012
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking other states to cooperate in a new federal database that will track scam artists who target military families and try to elude authorities.
Appetite for production: Slash to make film about Stull cemetery
12:04 p.m., January 25, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Former Guns N’ Roses’ guitarist Slash will produce a film about the cemetery in Stull, rumored to be a gateway to Hell.
Proposal to expand rail passenger service in Kansas gets off track
January 25, 2012
The state transportation department on Wednesday put the brakes on plans to expand passenger rail service in Kansas until funding is identified.
Giffords resigns House seat to focus on recovery
January 25, 2012
In a House occasionally known for untoward exits, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords stood among cheering, crying colleagues to say goodbye Wednesday, over a year after she was gravely wounded by a would-be assassin.
Secret hostage rescue in Somalia played out as Obama spoke, rescuing 2, including 1 American
January 25, 2012
Unknown to a global television audience watching the annual Capitol Hill ritual, a bold U.S. raid was still playing out half a world away with an elite Navy SEAL team’s rescue of two hostages in Somalia, one of them an American. It was the same unit that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, two U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Strong farm income means higher profit at ag banks
January 25, 2012
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says strong farm income in Midwest and Western states improved agricultural banks’ balance sheets but reduced demand for new loans.
Finney County offers online visits to inmates
January 25, 2012
Families and friends who want to visit loved ones in the Finney County jail just have to log on to their computers.
State Department: ‘Serious’ questions on GOP pipeline bill
January 25, 2012
A Republican bill that would strip President Barack Obama of his authority to decide on a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline raises “serious” legal questions, the State Department said Wednesday in objecting to the bill.
State legislators continue KBA audit review
January 25, 2012
Two more legislative committees are taking their turn at hearing the results of an audit of the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
Town Talk: Heavy metal rocker Slash to produce horror flick based on Stull cemetery; American Eagle closes downtown store; planners to consider 31st and Iowa student housing, N. Lawrence plans tonight
January 25, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Kansas homeless shelters report increase in clients; directors seeing more families
January 25, 2012
Homeless shelters across Kansas and the country participated in the annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count this week, trying to come up with an accurate picture of homelessness.
KU Cancer Center ready for NCI inspection, director says
January 25, 2012
He said an NCI team will visit the cancer center on Feb. 22 to “kick the tires and put us through our paces.” Officials have said NCI designation would mean more federal grants, advances in cancer research and improved access for Kansans and others in the region to top cancer treatments.
Explosive response team called to report of suspicious object just east of Lawrence; part of old natural gas line determined to be safe
10:17 a.m., January 25, 2012 Updated 01:39 p.m.
A bomb squad from Overland Park was called to examine a suspicious object Wednesday morning in an area east of Lawrence, but it turned out to be nothing dangerous, Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger said.
Officials still investigating cause of house fire in southwestern Lawrence
January 25, 2012
Fire investigators Tuesday were still trying to determine the cause of a fire Monday night that damaged a home in southwestern Lawrence, said Division Chief Eve Tolefree, a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman.
Lawrence man, 41, reports Jan. 6 burglary in 1300 block of Lawrence Avenue
January 25, 2012
A 41-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police Jan. 6 that someone burglarized his relatives’ residence in the 1300 block of Lawrence Avenue sometime that evening, according to a police report released Monday.
De Soto man, 18, reports stolen 1994 Honda Accord in Lawrence
January 25, 2012
An 18-year-old De Soto man who works in Lawrence reported someone stole his 1994 white Honda Accord valued at $1,800 between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 from the 1500 block of East 23rd Street.
Lawrence Landscape employee reports stolen copper, brass fittings
January 25, 2012
An employee of Lawrence Landscape, 600 Lincoln St., reported to police Jan. 3 that someone stole $3,200 worth of miscellaneous copper and brass fittings sometime between Jan. 2 and 6 a.m. Jan. 3.
Lawrence man, 59, reports stolen 1995 Honda Accord
January 25, 2012
A 59-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police Saturday that someone stole his 1995 Honda Accord valued at $1,500 between 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday from the 800 block of Alabama Street.
Lawmakers consider bill to keep Phelps family, Westboro Baptist Church from protesting funerals
January 25, 2012
Kansas lawmakers are considering legislation aimed at keeping the Phelps family and Westboro Baptist Church from protesting at military funerals.
Heard on the Hill: Old Watson Library elevator comes to a stop; KU unveils new website for its efficiency plan; alumnus creates comic book bio of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs
January 25, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Military spouse hopes to build up support network for families
January 25, 2012
Ashley Urban, who moved to Lawrence four years ago, started the Lawrence Military Family Support Group on Facebook to help set up a network for military spouses like her. Being able to pass along information and advice on how to get through tough times will be the main benefit.
Jayhawks in the NBA
January 25, 2012
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012.
Veritas girls fall, 45-24, in ‘lethargic’ loss
January 25, 2012
Ellen Phillips scored 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Veritas’ girls basketball team from losing to Manhattan CHIEF.
Lions, Firebirds pumped up for annual city wrestling showdown
January 25, 2012
During wrestling season, there are numerous tournaments and duals — even dual tournaments — in which wrestlers compete as they work their way toward the postseason.
Practice makes perfect for Jeff Withey
January 25, 2012
Kansas University junior center Jeff Withey hasn’t been surprised by his season-long success at the free-throw line.
LHS’ Hofer named to academic team
January 25, 2012
At the Topeka Invitational, Lawrence junior Drake Hofer was named to the tournament’s All-Academic team. Honorees had a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
LHS senior signs with Ottawa tennis
January 25, 2012
Lawrence High senior Matthew Grom officially has a destination for the next step in his tennis career. Grom signed a letter of intent with the men’s tennis program at Ottawa University Tuesday afternoon in the LHS library.
Lawrence bowlers take third in Topeka
January 25, 2012
The Lawrence High boys bowling team took third place at the Washburn Rural quad on Tuesday at West Ridge Lanes.
No place like home: Vegas oddsmaker talks KU’s advantage of fans, fieldhouse
January 25, 2012
The man on the other end of the phone sets betting lines on sporting events for a Las Vegas hotel casino. He has some news that might shock you, so you might want to sit down.
Free State’s Frantz honored at tourney
January 25, 2012
Brett Frantz, senior guard for Free State High’s boys basketball team, was one of 10 players named to the McPherson Invitational All-Tournament team this past weekend.
FSHS swim team grabs fourth, LHS fifth
January 25, 2012
Free State placed fourth and Lawrence High took fifth at the 13-team Topeka Swimming and Diving Invitational on Tuesday at Topeka High School.
25 years ago: ‘Baby John Doe’ celebrates first birthday with adoptive family
January 25, 2012
“We can say the boy is doing very fine.”
40 years ago: KU receives grant to build research computer network
January 25, 2012
The grant was for the “creation of a computer network permitting innovative research and education.”
100 years ago: Girls’ club to promote friendship between Lawrence, KU
January 25, 2012
“The University girls feel that when they attend college their lives run in decidedly narrow grooves.”
Super PACs influencing races
January 25, 2012
Over the past few weeks the results, many of them unintended, perhaps, of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission have become apparent.
Paterno legacy
The stain on Joe Paterno’s legacy may have a positive impact by shining a light on the tragedy of child sexual abuse.
January 25, 2012
Despite a lifetime of greatness, a single failure can leave a lasting stain.
Romney must meet Gingrich challenge
January 25, 2012
An Illinois lawyer who had a way with words once characterized a particular argument as weaker than soup made from the shadow of a pigeon that died of starvation.
Weis looks to shore up QB reserves
January 25, 2012
With quarterbacks Brock Berglund and Jordan Webb off of the roster, and BYU transfer Jake Heaps forced to sit out the 2012 season because of NCAA transfer rules, Kansas University coach Charlie Weis has a pretty big hole to fill at quarterback, despite having landed projected starter Dayne Crist from Notre Dame.
FSHS boys place second without top bowler
January 25, 2012
Free State High’s boys bowling team wasn’t sure exactly how its Tuesday home quad would go without one of its top rollers.
Struggles in Phog perplex KU women
January 25, 2012
To hear Texas A&M coach Gary Blair tell it, the Kansas University women’s basketball team has nothing to worry about.
A world without hugs and a plot full of holes
January 25, 2012
Kiefer Sutherland returns to the Fox lineup in “Touch” (8 p.m.). He’s not Jack Bauer, but Martin Bohm, a sorely overextended single dad whose wife died on Sept. 11. His 11-year-old son, Jake (David Mazouz), has never uttered a word. He refuses to be hugged or even touched. Experts say he’s autistic, but Martin believes that Jake’s fascination with numbers may be more than a retreat to an inner world. It could be his advanced way of communicating.
Horoscopes for January 25
January 25, 2012
Your dreams play an even stronger role in your life this year. For that reason alone, you might want to consider keeping a dream diary. If you are single, curb a tendency to commit before you really know the person. If you are attached, the two of you expand your household or make some positive changes to your home. Pisces has great ideas for how to spend your money.