Archive for Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
Lawrence Energy Center plant manager Troy Mussetter, left, and Paul Wallen, executive director, major construction projects, at Westar Energy, tour the construction site of a new $325 million environmental retrofit. The current project will reduce emission of fine particles from two of the three coal-burning units. Pictured in the background is unit five, where Westar is installing a fabric filtration system and rebuilding the sulfur dioxide scrubber system. Westar seeking volunteers for pilot project that encourages off-peak electric usage
2:34 p.m., July 9, 2012 Updated 4:53 p.m.
Westar Energy is seeking 1,000 customers to participate in a pilot project that utility officials said could provide savings on electric bills.
10:00 a.m.
Lori Alexander works at her dispatcher station in a secure area of the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St., in this 2009 file photo. Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug said Friday he’s recommending the city of Lawrence and Douglas County come up with $7 million in the near future to help the center that handles 911 calls and other emergency communications meet new federal technology standards. Early in budget discussions, City and County on different paths
July 9, 2012
Both the county and the city are discussing their respective proposed budgets for 2013. That’s two independent processes but many departments and agencies depend on funding from both bodies.
2:00 p.m.
Traffic travels on 31st Street between the Baker University Wetlands on the south and Haskell Indian Nations University on the north between Haskell Ave., and Louisiana St. A federal appeals judge in Denver heard oral arguments Thursday in the case regarding the South Lawrence Trafficway and whether the road should be built through the Baker Wetlands 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds state’s approved route of South Lawrence Trafficway through the Baker Wetlands
12:25 p.m., July 10, 2012 Updated 12:17 a.m.
A U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has upheld the state’s approved route of the South Lawrence Trafficway through the Baker Wetlands, according to a decision released Tuesday.
6:00 p.m.
Dead carp line the banks of a pond at the Kanza Southwind Nature Preserve in southwest Lawrence Monday. State officials say the heat is the most likely reason why the fish died. City crews were set to clean up the fish Monday afternoon. Heat causes fish to die in Kanza Preserve pond
July 9, 2012
It’s a case of murder most foul at the Kanza Southwind Nature Preserve, as hundreds of dead carp — and the associated rotting fish smell — line the banks of a pond on the preserve, near 27th Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway in southwest Lawrence.

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Prepare to vote
Local voters need to do a little extra work this year to be sure they are ready to cast their ballots.
July 10, 2012
New district lines and new voting regulations mean that voters planning to participate in upcoming elections need to make some additional preparation.