Archive for Friday, February 8, 2013

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12:05 a.m.
Stevie Drake, 16, of Lawrence, has been missing since Jan. 31. Lawrence mother searching for missing teen
February 7, 2013
A Lawrence mother is searching for her 16-year-old son who ran away from home last week. Shirley Morriss said her son, Stevie Drake, is a Lawrence High School sophomore and was last seen about 2 p.m. Jan. 31 near Sixth and Kentucky streets. Morriss filed a missing person’s report with Lawrence police and created a Facebook page to seek help from the public. Morriss said her son, who has run away before, is about 5-foot-5, 120 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. By Ian Cummings
6:00 a.m.
From left, news editors and publishers Steve Haynes, Dave Seaton, Jerry Seib and Jeanny Sharp. Drought, state budget on minds of newspaper publishers gathered at KU
February 7, 2013
The ongoing drought is weighing on the minds of Kansans, and state budget questions linger as well, said newspaper publishers and editors gathered at Kansas University on Thursday night. By Matt Erickson
12:00 p.m.
Tom Russell, 95, the former head of the Baker University art department, works daily in his art studio in his Baldwin City home. Russell was a student of regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton and a friend of abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. Russell will be honored Sunday at Baldwin City’s 25th annual chocolate auction. Local painter befriended luminaries of art world, led resurgence at Baker University
February 7, 2013
The subject of Tom Russell’s latest completed painting is a view from his Baldwin City studio of a tree in full autumn splendor behind those still holding on to their faded summer color. “I just finished it,” Russell said. “It took me a long time. I started it when it looked like that. “I can only sit or stand for about three hours before it starts to hurt. I used to spend hours in the studio. I’d lose all track of time.” By Elvyn Jones
6:00 p.m.
The Kansas Statehouse in winter. Statehouse Live: Brownback administration releases estimate on expanding Medicaid, $600 million over 10 years
February 8, 2013
Expanding Medicaid under federal health reform will cost Kansas approximately $600 million over 10 years, according to an executive summary of a study released Friday by Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration. By Scott Rothschild.

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Editorial: Park progress
It’s good to see progress being made on plans to convert the former Farmland Industries property into a new business park.
February 8, 2013
“Let’s go, Farmland!” Well, it may not have the same rockin’ sound as the more familiar “Let’s go, Jayhawks,” but it’s worth shouting in some quarters just the same.