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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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Three Jayhawks get Hall call
Jaynes, Simien, Stallworth to be enshrined
July 10, 2012
Former Kansas University standouts David Jaynes, Wayne Simien and Bud Stallworth are among the nine members of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012, it was announced Tuesday.
Lawrence man, 55, accused of threatening man while showing a knife
July 10, 2012
Police on Monday arrested a 55-year-old Lawrence man accused of threatening a 46-year-old man while exhibiting a knife.
Vehicle-bike accident reported near Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue
July 10, 2012
A bicyclist was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Tuesday morning as a precaution after an accident near Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue.
City to consider approval of incentives package for Ninth and New Hampshire development at July 24 meeting
11:41 p.m., July 10, 2012 Updated 08:45 a.m.
Lawrence city commissioners are scheduled to debate at their July 24 meeting a multimillion-dollar package of incentives for development at Ninth and New Hampshire streets.
City Commission to explore building new transit hub
July 10, 2012
City commissioners are interested in exploring sites outside of downtown for a new public transit hub.
City mulls increase in property tax rate, sales tax
July 10, 2012
A property tax increase may be in store for Lawrence residents, and a question about creating a new sales tax might be coming their way, too.
Pump Patrol
July 10, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.29 at several stations.
Haskell hosting three-day safety conference
July 10, 2012
Prosecutors, victim advocates, tribal leaders and law enforcement officers from across the state convened at Haskell Indian Nations University on Tuesday for a three-day conference promoting public safety for American Indians.
Statehouse Live: State Board of Education recommends $440 million increase in base state aid to schools
July 10, 2012
The State Board of Education on Tuesday recommended a $440 million increase in base state aid to school districts.
Salute Winefest kicks off Thursday
July 10, 2012
Salute Winefest will once again have the wine flowing along Massachusetts Street and at the Oread Hotel.
On-the-farm wine dinner celebrates local food
July 10, 2012
Pachamama’s chef Ken Baker will be preparing an outdoor farm-to-table dinner this weekend, to be served in the peach fields at Gieringers Orchard.
KU Hospital board approves 13.5 percent increase in budget
July 10, 2012
Kansas University Hospital recent growth is continuing, and on Tuesday its authority board approved a $1.1 billion budget for the 2013 fiscal year, representing a 13.5 increase over the previous year.
Candidate forum scheduled for Monday night
July 10, 2012
A public forum will be held Monday for candidates in contested primary races for the 2nd U.S. House District and three state Senate districts that reach into Douglas County.
Report details security and safety problems in state juvenile system
July 10, 2012
Kansas’ primary juvenile correctional facility has been plagued with major safety and security problems that have led to assaults, sexual misconduct and thefts, according to a scathing state report released Tuesday.
Legislators order audit of vehicles system
01:56 p.m., July 10, 2012 Updated 07:51 p.m.
A legislative committee in Kansas ordered an audit Tuesday of a $40 million upgrade of the state computer system handling vehicle registrations, reflecting bipartisan frustration with long lines and hours of waiting in recent weeks in some counties for residents getting their annual car tags.
100 Good Women plans benefit concert on July 26
July 10, 2012
Lawrence community group 100 Good Women is having a benefit concert from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 26 at the Jazzhaus, 926 Mass.
KU names new dean for medical school’s Wichita campus
July 10, 2012
A longtime faculty member and administrator at Kansas University’s School of Medicine in Wichita will become the new dean of the campus after H. David Wilson, the current dean, announced on Tuesday his intention to leave for another position in Kentucky.
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.
Oil boom: Extra Virgin captures niche olive oil market
July 10, 2012
Extra Virgin, 937 Mass., has more than 50 flavors of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
Southeast Kansas man dies after lightning strike.
July 10, 2012
A 68-year-old southeast Kansas man has died after being struck by lightning.
Heat, drought take toll on Kansas farm crops
July 10, 2012
The triple-digit temperatures and lack of rain in Kansas this past week came at a critical time in row crop development.
Town Talk: Tire warehouse rolls into East Hills Business Park; children’s fun center opens downtown; one police funding scenario that wasn’t presented
July 10, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: Report finds major safety, security problems at state juvenile facility
July 10, 2012
The Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex has been plagued by major safety and security problems that has led to injuries to young offenders, a report released Tuesday said.
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to speak at KU’s Dole Institute
09:41 a.m., July 10, 2012 Updated 02:41 p.m.
Two-time U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will speak at the Dole Institute of Politics later this month, Kansas University announced Tuesday.
KBA panel backs funding to support research on virus
July 10, 2012
The Kansas Bioscience Authority’s Investment Committee on Monday supported an effort that would provide more than $868,000 to help support new research at Kansas State University’s future National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.
Tough ID laws may deter many voters
July 10, 2012
When Edward and Mary Weidenbener went to vote in Indiana’s primary in May, they didn’t realize that state law required them to bring government photo IDs such as a driver’s license or passport.
Cole Aldrich MIA at camp
Ex-KU big man still playing
July 10, 2012
For reasons he could not have expected when he made the schedule, former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich missed the opening day of his basketball camp Monday at Olathe Northwest High.
Dynamic duo big All-Star draw
July 10, 2012
Bryce Harper remembered back to Oct. 27, when just 414 fans were at Scottsdale Stadium to watch his Scorpions play the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. Down 7-5, Harper vowed to teammate Brandon Crawford to hit a game-winning home run.
Jamari Traylor crucial newbie
July 10, 2012
Thomas Robinson doesn’t become the nation’s only unanimous first-team All-American and finish second in the Player of the Year voting without having the perfect complement to him doing all the things that brought out the best in him.
Officers investigating disturbance involving man being run over
July 10, 2012
Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers Monday were still investigating an incident from Saturday in which a 49-year-old Oskaloosa man was run over with a vehicle driven by a 24-year-old woman early Saturday morning in the 1100 block of Union Street in Oskaloosa.
Lawrence man arrested in connection to theft of credit card
July 10, 2012
Ottawa police on Sunday arrested a Lawrence man on dozens of counts related to theft of a debit and credit card from an acquaintance in Franklin County.
Four for ‘Fore!’ Staff picks for ultimate scramble
July 10, 2012
One of the most popular events of the summer golf season is the scramble. Four guys get together for a few laughs, a couple of beverages and a fun round. It’s the perfect set-up for any golfer, from awful to average, and it allows for players of all skill levels to compete on an even playing field. Such a setting is the scene for the fourth installment of our summer series, which looks back at some of the biggest and best names to come through KU.
Volunteer firefighter injured in accident while headed to station
July 10, 2012
A 59-year-old rural Lawrence man and volunteer firefighter was injured early Sunday after his car struck a deer while he was headed to the Kanwaka Township fire station.
Heard on the Hill: A good football program can help more than just athletics donations; KU grad and Richmond weatherman goofs around in weather studio, resulting in viral Internet video
July 10, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Bus debacle
July 10, 2012
All taxpaying residents must demand that City Hall and high-salaried city employees cease to rob our public treasury in the name of special interest and against the majority opinion of the electorate.
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.
100 years ago: Second phase in Strong Hall construction planned to start soon
July 10, 2012
“This is to be the central portion of the building.”
40 years ago: Perry’s new shopping center nearly ready
July 10, 2012
The first of the businesses to be located in the new center were to open in about a month.
25 years ago: New AD faces confronts his first Larry Brown rumor
July 10, 2012
“As long as he’s the outstanding coach he is, he will be subject to rumors….”
Telstar anniversary spurs reflection
July 10, 2012 in print edition on A8
It was the largest air-inflated structure in the world, 161 feet high and 210 feet wide, constructed of polyester and synthetic rubber. Inside the balloon was a 177-foot-long horn-shaped antenna that weighed 380 tons. Not a trace of it remains. But here in a tiny rural town nestled in a valley that provided natural shielding from radio interference, a revolution was born 50 years ago today.
All-Star game turns spotlight onto Kansas City
July 10, 2012
It’s been 19 years since George Brett retired, and he remains the face of the Royals.
Government costs
July 10, 2012
A recent study showed that it costs a private employer around $28/hour on average for each employee and around $42/hour for the government (not counting federal employees). Approximately one-third of this is for benefit packages. Wisconsin, San Diego and San Jose have voted in overwhelming numbers to change the entitlement culture of public employee unions after seeing their benefit costs rise three to five times and finding that their budgets could no longer support the basic infrastructure needs of their cities. Stockton, Calif., files for bankruptcy. They realized that retiring at age 50 (with 90 percent of your last salary), paying 1 percent into your retirement fund and contributing a fraction of the costs of your health care are not sustainable work practices.
Summer series are nothing new
July 10, 2012
Summer replacement series could allow viewers to watch something they’ve never seen. But just as often they recycle the familiar — make that very familiar.
Horoscope for July 10
July 10, 2012
This year, just when you think you are on cruise control, the unexpected hits. What occurs will point to what is frivolous in your life. If you are single, relationships formed this year will not be stable for at least a year. If you are attached, you could feel waves of excitement but might not always love the form they take.