From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 5, 1987:
- Under the provisions of a bill which had just won first-round approval in the Kansas Senate, the state lottery would start in September with $1 instant-win tickets. More sophisticated computerized games would follow about nine months later. State legislators hoped that the lottery would generate about $35 million in new revenue to support state government during the first year of operation.
- Most of North Lawrence and rural areas to the north had had to do without their electricity this morning after a bird, apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time, caused a 23-minute power outage. The damage to a KPL Gas Service substation had been repaired by mid-morning. Damage to the bird was unfortunately permanent.