Archive for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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12:40 a.m.
Douglas County Firefighter David Plymire, left, talks with volunteer victim Eddie Munoz, as firefighter Dean Garrison listens. Munoz, wrapped in a silver foil blanket, was evacuated from a building as part of a training exercise on hazardous materials and other emergency situations Tuesday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Sheriff’s deputies and fire department train for disaster in drill at Douglas County Fairgrounds
April 16, 2013
Suppose a plume of chlorine gas, from parts unknown, creeps over the Douglas County Jail, threatening to poison all of the inmates, visitors and guards inside. As it happens, local emergency response agencies have a plan for that, and they practiced it in a drill Tuesday morning at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. By Ian Cummings
1:26 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine. Lawrence Memorial Hospital agrees to give $15,000 a year to chamber’s economic development fundraising campaign
April 17, 2013
Consider it a $15,000 prescription for a healthier Lawrence economy. Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously agreed to donate $15,000 a year for the next three years to the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s economic development capital campaign. By Chad Lawhorn
2:23 p.m.
National Weather Service radar as of 2:13 p.m. April 17, 2013 Tornado watch expired in Douglas County, storms expected in evening
2:12 p.m., April 17, 2013 Updated 7:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service has lifted a tornado watch issued for Douglas, Jefferson and Franklin counties, Wednesday afternoon, while flash flood warnings remain in effect. Above image represents radar at 4:05 p.m. For updated radar, click here.
5:00 p.m.
Leo Beuerman sold pencils out of a handmade wooden cart in downtown Lawrence during the mid-20th century. Ceremony to remember unique Lawrence figure
April 17, 2013
Starting at age 50, Leo Beuerman — all 39 inches and 60 pounds of him — would drive his specially rigged tractor downtown, get into a red wooden cart and sell pencils. After his death in 1974 at the age of 72, a plaque was dedicated in his honor near where he used to sit. After seemingly being forgotten, that plaque has been restored and will be rededicated in a ceremony this weekend in Lawrence. By Giles Bruce

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