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KU employees required to report child abuse
January 31, 2012
In the wake of the ongoing child sex abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University, a new policy at Kansas University codifies the responsibility of its employees to report suspected child sex abuse to law enforcement.
3 KU students win Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards
January 31, 2012
Three Lawrence writers have gained a little recognition in a city known for being a good place for a difficult profession.
Legislators show little interest in bill legalizing medical use of marijuana
January 31, 2012
Even though a bill legalizing the medical use of marijuana is now in both sides of the Kansas Legislature, officials have shown little interest in making it a law.
Major GOP ‘super PACs’ raised millions in 2011
January 31, 2012
The most significant “super” political committees in this year’s presidential campaign revealed the names of their wealthy donors Tuesday. The casino mogul who with his wife contributed $10 million to Newt Gingrich’s group gave five times more than the group collected from all other sources.
Oklahoma knocks off KU women in OT, 74-68
January 31, 2012
In a game that was played by two teams that stayed within a few buckets of one another all night, the Oklahoma Sooners outlasted the Kansas University women’s basketball team, 74-68, in overtime on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Romney wins big in Fla. primary, routing Gingrich
07:22 p.m., January 31, 2012 Updated 12:05 a.m.
Mitt Romney routed Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding smartly from an earlier defeat and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich vowed to press on despite the one-sided setback
U.S. court puts up roadblock on Sunflower Electric Power Corp. coal-burning power plant in Kansas
January 31, 2012
Environmentalists on Tuesday cheered a court ruling that the proposed 895-megawatt coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas cannot be built until there is a thorough environmental review.
Agriculture department downplays talks about immigrants
January 31, 2012
A Kansas Department of Agriculture spokeswoman says talks between Secretary Dale Rodman and federal officials about illegal immigrant workers were informal only.
Judge orders environmental review in Sunflower Electric’s proposed coal-burning power plant
January 31, 2012
The decision was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan in Washington D.C. in the latest turn of events affecting the Sunflower Electric project near Holcomb.
State revenues for January down from 2011
January 31, 2012
State revenues for the month of January fell 5 percent, or $30.6 million below projections, officials reported Tuesday.
Gov. Brownback’s approval rating falls; Kansas GOP disputes poll
January 31, 2012
Buoyed by the findings of a new poll, Kansas Democrats Tuesday said Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, is out of touch with Kansans’ priorities.
Suspects in Cirilla’s robbery face federal charges
02:39 p.m., January 31, 2012 Updated 05:13 p.m.
Prosecutors have filed federal charges against a couple suspected of committing several recent armed robberies in Kansas, including at Cirilla’s in Lawrence last Thursday.
Gas leak briefly closes down highway in Manhattan
January 31, 2012
A gas leak caused a stretch of Kansas Highway 18 to be closed for about an hour in Manhattan.
Alcohol suspected as factor in rollover accident south of Eudora
01:48 p.m., January 31, 2012 Updated 06:23 p.m.
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers suspect the driver in a one-vehicle rollover crash Tuesday afternoon south of Eudora was under the influence of alcohol.
KU women ranked 25th in latest coaches poll
January 31, 2012
The Kansas women’s basketball team is ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll released Tuesday morning.
Diamond found in Salvation Army kettle now graces ring to be auctioned for charity
January 31, 2012
The loose diamond left in a Salvation Army kettle at Christmastime has a new life: as the centerpiece of a ring that may soon be someone’s Valentine.
Judge refuses to change bond for defendant in rape case
January 31, 2012
A Douglas County judge Tuesday morning kept bond at $500,000 for a 38-year-old Lawrence man who was recently awarded a new trial based on errors in his 2009 rape trial.
Business coalition reveals plan to keep some illegal immigrants in Kansas
10:52 a.m., January 31, 2012 Updated 12:21 p.m.
A coalition of Kansas business groups is proposing a new program to keep some illegal immigrants in the state so that they could hold jobs in industries with labor shortages.
Topeka house explosion caused by damaged gas line
January 31, 2012
Topeka Fire Department investigator Michael Martin says the contractor hit the gas line while excavating to install a sprinkler system at a neighboring home.
New documents show cost of KBA’s legal fees
January 31, 2012
The Kansas Bioscience Authority spent about $122,000 in public funds on legal fees for two former executives.
Kansas Senate president says he questioned ‘legislative dinners’ that may have violated Open Meetings Act
10:29 a.m., January 31, 2012 Updated 01:55 p.m.
The president of the Kansas Senate says he questioned whether dinners of legislators invited to Gov. Sam Brownback’s official residence violate the state’s open meetings law.
2 die in wreck that closes part of I-35 near Gardner
January 31, 2012
Two people died in an accident that shut down southbound Interstate 35 near Gardner for several hours.
Kansas vineyard and winery on auction block
January 31, 2012
An established winery in central Kansas is up for sale.
Kansas group to ask senators to repeal sodomy law
10:25 a.m., January 31, 2012 Updated 12:22 p.m.
A gay-rights group wants Kansas legislators to repeal an unenforced law that makes sex between consenting adults of the same gender a crime.
Nutrition Q&A: How to get a healthy start in the morning
January 31, 2012
K-State extension agent Susan Johnson sings the virtues of breakfast.
Chocolate lovers can get their fill while helping out the arts
January 31, 2012
The Feb. 12 Chocolate Auction is a benefit for the Baldwin Community Arts Council and The Lumberyard Arts Center.
Conquistadores: Suddenly, downtown Lawrence is rife with Latin-tinged restaurants
January 31, 2012
Business owners are split on whether there’s truly space for seven Latin American restaurants within a four-block radius.
Town Talk: Kwik Shop plans to rebuild store at 19th and Mass.; hobby shop on 23rd closes amid tax problems; loan program for Douglas County businesses raises $63k
January 31, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Stipends for student-athletes? KU has mixed feelings
January 31, 2012
Former Kansas University football player Gary Green said an extra $2,000 could have gone a long way when it came time to pay the bills. “Playing football is pretty much a full-time job,” with practices, games and the like, said Green, a running back who played at KU from 2004 to 2008.
Firm maps out school consolidation group’s proposals
January 31, 2012
Rob Schwarz, a consultant with RSP, warned the community working group tasked with closing elementary schools in Lawrence that they were playing a game of chess. Move one piece, and the rest of the board shifts.
Heard on the Hill: Chancellor outlines specific goals in State of the University video; new political website geared toward students; KU-Mizzou game this week inciting some nastiness
January 31, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: New fire trucks arrive in Lawrence
January 31, 2012
Two new lime-green pumper trucks had been delivered to the Lawrence Fire Department.
100 years ago: Girls’ basketball catches on in Lawrence
January 31, 2012
“The girls in the K.U. Gym classes are fond of the game and play constantly….”
40 years ago: KPL site considered for city annexation
January 31, 2012
It was believed that KPL planned to strongly oppose the annexation proposal.
KU women, Angel Goodrich familiar with next foe
January 31, 2012
As a prep star at Sequoyah High in Tahlequah, Okla., Kansas University point guard Angel Goodrich was an avid Oklahoma Sooners fan.
Jayhawks in the NBA for Jan. 30
January 31, 2012
How former Kansas University players fared in NBA games on Jan. 30.
Bill Self worried about energy
Coach says KU flat in past two outings
January 31, 2012
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self spoke with his players in a Monday afternoon film session about a trend that needs to stop.
Big-game experience: Former Jayhawk Mike Rivera relishes second chance
January 31, 2012
Former Kansas University linebacker Mike Rivera had one close call with the Super Bowl and feared it might be his last. He never expected a second chance.
Tweener Sunday provides super fireworks
January 31, 2012
Sunday was supposed to be the day the sports potatoes got off their couches.
Chiefs hire special-teams coach, release 3
January 31, 2012
The Kansas City Chiefs hired Tom McMahon to coach special teams and cut ties on Monday with three assistants from former head coach Todd Haley’s staff.
Homeless progress
January 31, 2012
The Wichita metro area has seen a whopping 51 percent drop in its long-term homeless population since 2005.
Pollution ignorance
January 31, 2012
While global warming has been a concern for many, many, many decades, some things are for certain:
Learn respect
January 31, 2012
In the summers of 2002 and 2003, I went to many First Nations reserves in Ontario and Quebec.
Local treasure lost
January 31, 2012
I’ve visited three concentration camp memorials in Germany, toured the Holocaust Museum and read extensively on the nightmare created by Hitler’s Third Reich, but nothing brought home the raw humanity of that dark era more than the radio interview I did of Louis Frydman for Kansas Public Radio in 1996.
GOP stands alienating Hispanic voters
January 31, 2012
Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich, under pressure from his party’s establishment, pulled a Spanish-language ad in which he had accused his rival Gov. Mitt Romney of being “anti-immigrant.” But was the ad really unfair?
Serious charge
Allegations that a resident of a local senior living facility was sexually assaulted last year must be thoroughly investigated.
January 31, 2012
Reports of a sexual assault at a Lawrence senior living facility must be taken extremely seriously. It is hoped that there will be a thorough investigation by the proper law enforcement and health officials and those in charge of inspecting and licensing
Public opinion
City commissioners shouldn’t discount the concerns being voiced about a plan to alter trash collection service.
January 31, 2012
City commissioners apparently don’t have any qualms about forcing a new trash removal and recycling plan down the throats of Lawrence residents. They seem to be committed to the plan proposed by the mayor and his task force regardless of the opposition voiced by many.
QB Turner Baty eager to compete
January 31, 2012
When Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis learned Monday that City College of San Francisco quarterback Turner Baty had orally committed to join the Jayhawks, he knew exactly the kind of player he was getting. The reason? Weis kind of already has one like Baty.
Horoscopes for January 31
January 31, 2012
This year you opt for more private, home time. A partner plays a more important role than in the past. Together you work as a team to make your domestic and personal life everything it can be. If you are single, you are in the mood for a live-in relationship. In a partnership, you could make some very good investments involving property. Independently, you might even take a class in investments or possibly learn how to remodel homes. Taurus encourages spending!
‘Key & Peele’ deals with race and little else
January 31, 2012
Way back in another century, President Bill Clinton was called “the first black president.” And it was Clinton who suggested that America needed to have a “conversation about race.” The new sketch comedy series “Key & Peele” (9:30 p.m., Comedy Central) presents a nonstop conversation about race, racism and biracial identity.