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KU’s law school drops again in national rankings, while 12 programs make top 10
March 13, 2012
U.S. News and World Report released new rankings for graduate programs on Tuesday, and while Kansas University had 12 programs ranked in the top 10 among public universities, its School of Law, hampered by slumping employment numbers, dropped into to a tie for 89th overall.
Sunflower power: Kansas turns out better than expected
March 13, 2012
The stark reality of losing the Morris twins, Tyrel Reed, Brady Morningstar, Josh Selby and Mario Little — and replacing them with no eligible blue-chip recruits — hit Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self hard last summer and into the fall.
Kansas budget plan draws fire over school funding
March 13, 2012
A proposed $14 billion state budget being considered in the Kansas House drew bipartisan criticism Tuesday because it would withhold some education funds and push school districts to tap their cash reserves first.
Koch Industries executive among new owners of Bella Sera condominium development
March 13, 2012
After years of financial troubles, a west Lawrence condominium development has a new set of owners who are promising a reversal of fortunes for the development.
Kan. House advances tax cut bill
March 13, 2012
Kansas House members gave first-round approval Tuesday to a sweeping income tax bill, tacking on an amendment that also would end the sales tax charged on groceries.
Economist answers questions on unemployment rate in Kansas
March 13, 2012
Figuring out the most recent unemployment statistics, which show different trends depending on which numbers are used, can be a bit of a mind bend.
Police investigating attempted robbery at Ottawa Mini-Mart
March 13, 2012
Ottawa police were investigating an attempted robbery Tuesday of a the Ottawa Mini-Mart, 2120 S. Princeton St., said Lt. Adam Weingartner, a police spokesman.
Homeless shelter’s permit extended until fall
March 13, 2012
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting unanimously approved a permit extension that will allow the Lawrence Community Shelter to continue operating downtown until its new eastern Lawrence facility is completed this fall.
City approves sidewalk variance for neighborhood
March 13, 2012
A new southeast Lawrence neighborhood will get an exemption from the city’s code requiring sidewalks to be built on both sides of new streets.
Santorum sweeps Alabama, Mississippi primaries
March 13, 2012
A resurgent Rick Santorum swept primaries in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night, upending the race for the Republican presidential nomination as he sought to push Newt Gingrich toward the sidelines.
Lawrence school district administrator heading to Nebraska
March 13, 2012
Kim Bodensteiner, whose resignation was announced at Monday’s school board meeting, has accepted a position as executive director of teaching and learning in the Bellevue, Neb., public schools.
Leavenworth County authorities warn residents about scam artists
March 13, 2012
Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson Tuesday began warning northeast Kansas residents to be aware of possible scams on asphalt projects involving companies going door-to-door in the county.
Advocates voice concerns over KanCare proposal
March 13, 2012
Several hundred advocates for people with developmental disabilities went to the Statehouse on Tuesday to voice concerns over Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to privatize Medicaid.
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Senate committee approves $112 million school finance increase
March 13, 2012
Senate Bill 450 emerged from the Senate Education Committee with Republican and Democratic votes, but lost the support of Johnson County legislators after a key proposal that they wanted was removed from the bill.
Kansas House votes to end sales tax on food
March 13, 2012
Kansas would no longer charge sales tax on groceries under an amendment approved by the House.
8-year-old Topeka girl found dead; man arrested
March 13, 2012
A man is jailed in Topeka after an 8-year-old girl was found dead.
Statewide tornado drill planned for 1:30 today; Kansans encouraged to practice severe weather safety plan
March 13, 2012
Despite today’s beautiful spring weather, Kansans will be taking cover this afternoon.
Kansas unemployment drops to 6.1 percent in January
March 13, 2012
A new report shows the Kansas unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in January, with modest job growth over the previous year.
Kansas wheat crop comes out of winter dormancy
March 13, 2012
The Kansas winter wheat crop continues to come out of dormancy with the warm temperatures.
State seeking artists for Brown v. Board mural
March 13, 2012
A Kansas commission is looking for artists interested in painting a mural at the Statehouse commemorating the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring segregated schools unconstitutional.
Monday night fire at Berry Plastics started in molding machine
11:17 a.m., March 13, 2012 Updated 02:06 p.m.
A fire Monday night at the Berry Plastics plant in northern Lawrence was caused by a molding machine that ignited, and the fire spread to a heating and cooling unit on the roof, said Eve Tolefree, a Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman.
Legislature decides to ignore plea for state dog
March 13, 2012
A Kansas House committee on Monday declined to hear a bill that would have named the cairn terrier the official state dog. The breed is best known in Kansas for playing Toto in “The Wizard of Oz.”
House committee votes to freeze KNI admissions
March 13, 2012
A Kansas House committee endorsed a proposal to freeze admissions to the Kansas Neurological Institute for one year.
Eudora High School teacher arrested on sex crime charges in Wichita
10:17 a.m., March 13, 2012 Updated 03:19 p.m.
A Eudora High School English teacher was arrested last Friday in Sedgwick County on sex crime charges as part of an investigation there, Wichita police Lt. Jeff Weible said Tuesday.
Wichita officer who led BTK case retires
March 13, 2012
A lieutenant who was the public face of the Wichita police department during several high-profile investigations, including the capture of the BTK serial killer, has retired.
Town Talk: Downtown bar inches closer to rooftop seating; CVB reports Lawrence visitor spending up in 2011; half-marathon seeks full closure of downtown block
March 13, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
EPA leader discusses pollution, stresses importance of regulations
March 13, 2012
From offshore drilling to the Baker Wetlands, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson tackled some of the nation and state’s most controversial environmental issues Monday afternoon.
Winfield-based CornerBank to sell its shares to Vintage Bancorp
March 13, 2012
A bank with Lawrence ties has inked a deal to change its ownership structure.
Woman, 18, injured in accident near 21st and Iowa
March 13, 2012
An 18-year-old woman was injured in an accident about 2:30 a.m. Monday near 21st and Iowa streets, said Kim Murphree, a police spokeswoman.
No charges filed in weekend arrests
March 13, 2012
Two people arrested in separate weekend incidents were released from jail after prosecutors declined to file charges Monday.
School board may subtract English as a Second Language program from closing equation
March 13, 2012
For some Lawrence school board members, the future of the district’s English as a Second Language program shouldn’t be tied to talks on consolidating its smallest elementary schools.
Lawrence man accused of driving away from traffic stop arrested on charges of assault
March 13, 2012
A 27-year-old Lawrence man was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer after he was accused of driving away from a traffic stop early Saturday and almost striking an officer, said Kim Murphree, a police spokeswoman.
Man cited for indecent exposure
March 13, 2012
Lawrence police responded to a report of a naked man about 4:40 p.m. Monday near the 1700 block of Research Park Drive.
Fire reported at Berry Plastics on Monday evening
March 13, 2012
A structure fire was reported at Berry Plastics, 2330 Packer Road, about 7:12 p.m. Monday.
Heard on the Hill: Nobel laureate, former KU prof, dies at 84; KU looking for new study abroad director; Occupy KU looking to field lone opposition candidate for student body president
March 13, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Fire department offers home inspections
March 13, 2012
Lawrence firefighters were developing a voluntary home inspection program.
40 years ago: Parking arrangements on Mass Street still up in the air
March 13, 2012
Project consultants were not in favor of the proposed “sawtooth” parking design.
100 years ago: A whistle at class-changing time: New schedule for KU students
March 13, 2012
“As a signal for the change in classes the University whistle will blow.”
Seven track Jayhawks All-Americans
March 13, 2012
Seven Kansas University track and field athletes collected 10 All-America distinctions, it was announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. It’s the most All-Americans during an indoor season in program history and comes on the heels of the Jayhawks’ runner-up finish at the NCAA Indoor over the weekend in Nampa, Idaho.
Tim Lincecum helps Giants top Royals
March 13, 2012
This time, Tim Lincecum was pleased with his outing.
Firebirds fired up for spring seasons
March 13, 2012
The promise of more sunshine and warmer weather isn’t the only thing energizing spring athletes at Free State High this time of year.
Bill Self: Loss gets Jayhawks’ attention
March 13, 2012
For the first time in three seasons, Kansas University’s basketball team enters the NCAA Tournament following the sting of a loss.
Jayhawks in the NBA (March 12)
March 13, 2012
How former Jayhawks in the NBA fared in games of March 12.
Humility crucial for KU
March 13, 2012
This is the time of year that all coaches, broadcasters and office bracket-pool participants say the same words ad nauseum: “It’s not about the seedings in the tournament. It’s all about the match-ups.”
Lost and found
March 13, 2012
On Feb. 26, I had just returned from taking our recently adopted dog for her bedtime walk and was in the garage wiping her feet.
Keeping a list
March 13, 2012
I read that the sweeping anti-abortion bill being introduced to the Kansas Legislature will tax the abortion procedure of rape victims or procedures to save a mother’s life.
Dental care
The importance of good dental care is getting some much-needed attention in Kansas.
March 13, 2012
Dental care isn’t just a cosmetic issue. It is an important health concern that is drawing needed attention across Kansas.
Putin’s hatred of U.S. poses challenge
March 13, 2012 in print edition on A8
Can Washington have a productive relationship with a Russian leader who thinks Americans are out to destroy him? After a week of listening to official anti-American rhetoric in Moscow, I find it hard to see how.
‘Fashion Star’ is new, yet completely familiar
March 13, 2012
I have seen the future of television, and it is “Fashion Star” (8:30 p.m., NBC). Not really. But every so often you have to write the “I have seen the future …” line or they take away your critic license.
Horoscopes for March 13
March 13, 2012
This year when you are confused, go within. You have a remarkable sixth sense, and this gift will evolve over the next 12 months. If you are single, you will be drawn to someone quite unique. If you are attached, as a couple you gain more understanding by imagining what it is like to be the other person.