Archive for Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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12:17 a.m.
Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. City approves budget with slight property tax increase, great hopes of improving economy in 2014
July 9, 2013
Commissioners gave preliminary approval to their most aggressive budget in recent years: a $185.6 million spending plan that relies heavily on the economy improving at a quicker rate in 2014. By Chad Lawhorn
10:30 a.m.
Van Go Jams artist Trianna Elliott, 17, touches up the paint on a container she designed as work ensues Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Van Go Inc., 715 N.J. According to a report released by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Kansas is the only state to defund its arts commission. Van Go is one of several local arts organizations that previously received some funding from the Kansas Arts Commission. At right is Emily Moreland, 17. State is back in the business of funding the arts
July 9, 2013
More than two years after Gov. Sam Brownback made Kansas the first state to stop funding the arts, a reconstructed arts commission awarded $58,000 to eight organizations across the state, it was announced Tuesday. By Scott Rothschild
12:30 p.m.
Wednesday's warm temperatures dried some for the area wheat out as Larry Craig and his son, Mike, were starting their harvest in Vinland. Area wheat harvest a successful one
July 9, 2013
Wellsville farmer Robin Dunn says that after last year’s drought local farmers deserve a break, and they seem to have gotten one, in the form of a successful wheat harvest. As farmers in the Douglas County area wrap up their cutting, yields and test weights have been strong, thanks to a good combination of mild weather and adequate moisture. By Giles Bruce
4:29 p.m.
Michael Lewis is the interim president at Haskell Indian Nations University. For the last nine years he has been the chief financial officer at the school. Acting Haskell president says new permanent leader will have tough job
July 10, 2013
After the sudden departure of president Chris Redman in May, Haskell Indian Nations University is without a permanent leader for a stretch that will likely total about six months. And whoever is picked won’t have an easy job, said Michael Lewis, the university’s acting president and its chief of finance for the last nine years. By Matt Erickson

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Charles Koch plans $200,000 media ad campaign in Wichita
July 10, 2013
Wealthy businessman Charles Koch has launched a $200,000 ad campaign in Wichita focused on political and economic issues.
Lawrence man indicted on federal gun charge after several local arrests
July 10, 2013
A 38-year-old Lawrence man, already facing multiple criminal prosecutions in Douglas County, was indicted today on a federal gun charge. The indictment alleges that Geoffry S. Beers possessed a .380-caliber Ruger pistol in October, while he was a convicted felon with a criminal record including convictions for robbery, escape from custody, and drug offenses involving cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine. By Ian Cummings
Lawrence clinic receives grant to help enroll residents in Affordable Care Act
July 10, 2013
The local effort to enroll uninsured Americans in the Affordable Care Act’s new health care exchanges got a boost Tuesday when Lawrence’s Heartland Community Health Center was awarded a federal grant to provide outreach for the new law. By Giles Bruce
Advocates for those with developmental disabilities urge attendance at upcoming hearings
July 10, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback succeeded during the last legislative session in thwarting attempts by advocates for those with developmental disabilities from a delay in putting long-term care services under KanCare, the state’s new Medicaid system. But that’s not the end of the fight. By Scott Rothschild
Douglas County drafts $64.6 million budget for 2014
July 10, 2013
The proposed budget includes pay adjustments for Douglas County employees. It also picks up funding for programs cut from the state budget. By Peter Hancock
Acting Haskell president says new permanent leader will have tough job
July 10, 2013
After the sudden departure of president Chris Redman in May, Haskell Indian Nations University is without a permanent leader for a stretch that will likely total about six months. And whoever is picked won’t have an easy job, said Michael Lewis, the university’s acting president and its chief of finance for the last nine years. By Matt Erickson
Eudora firefighters, city workers moving into new public safety building
July 10, 2013
For weeks, the volunteer firefighters of Eudora have been packing boxes in anticipation of moving to the department’s new home at 10th and Main streets. The big day came today, when the firefighters began carrying in smaller items, joined by police and municipal court employees who will share the new public safety building. The new building solves a space issue for the fire trucks and can comfortably accommodate up to five firefighters a night, Keiter said, which is important for a department that depends on retaining volunteers. By Ian Cummings
One traffic fatality, 37 DUI arrests, reported by KHP over Fourth of July holiday weekend
July 10, 2013
The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to one fatal vehicle accident that resulted in one death over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. By Ian Cummings
Kansas concealed carry permits set record in 2012
July 10, 2013
TOPEKA — Applications for permits to carry concealed weapons in Kansas set a record in the fiscal year ending June 30, more than doubling the record set in the previous year.
Ottawa man critically injured in rollover accident in southwest Douglas County
July 10, 2013
A 45-year-old Ottawa man is listed in critical condition this morning after a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 56, about one mile from the southwestern edge of Douglas County. By Ian Cummings
Ex-LHS football assistant rises fast in college ranks
July 10, 2013
Recent Kansas University graduate Eric White, a former Lawrence High volunteer assistant football coach, has skyrocketed up the college coaching ranks and earned a job as director of recruiting with the Syracuse football team. By Benton Smith
Horoscopes for July 10
July 10, 2013
For Sunday, July 14 This year you will feel as if you have a lucky rabbit’s foot in your back pocket. A newfound positive attitude could change your year and your life. If you are single, you’ll have an opportunity to date many people, but somewhere among them lies a very significant relationship. If you are attached, your relationship seems to take on a more joyful tone, especially toward your next birthday.
Brett remembers ‘Pine Tar Game’
July 10, 2013
Three decades after his home run and hysterics, George Brett laughs that he’s still known as “the Pine Tar Guy.”
25 years ago: Lone Star church, houses getting dried out after flood
July 10, 2013
The town was looking much closer to normal, at least on the surface, after a strenuous ten days of clearing away the mud and debris.
40 years ago: Sonny and Cher to perform at KU
July 10, 2013
A special dressing room would be assembled for Cher.
100 years ago: ‘Everything good to eat in the vegetable line’ now in local markets
July 10, 2013
“The yellow string bean is the one stumbling-block in the way of an otherwise perfect fruit and vegetable crop.”
Shields, Royals top Yankees
July 10, 2013
James Shields caught a break, thanks to Lorenzo Cain and a fleet of Kansas City fielders.
Opinion: Coup is chance for ‘do-over’ in Egypt
July 10, 2013
The White House rationalized last week’s military coup in Egypt as providing the opportunity for a “do-over,” and that’s a comforting idea in more ways than one. But political life doesn’t come with an eraser to neatly remove mistakes and start over — especially in the explosive Middle East.
Opinion: Former district attorney comments on concealed-carry law
July 10, 2013
The recent law passed by the Kansas Legislature allows holders of concealed carry licenses to carry weapons into governmental buildings including meetings of various commissions open to the public.
Letter: Right to know
July 10, 2013
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid Missouri recently sued Section 14 of the 2013 Prolife Protections Act, claiming freedom of speech violation because they must refer women to Kansas Department of Health and Environment information stating that abortion terminates the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being. In 2008, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the medical accuracy of this definition, which already occurred in “right to know” materials.
Letter: Law needed
July 10, 2013
On a hot day recently at a Lawrence shopping center, I chanced to park next to a car with the engine running but no driver inside. I was alarmed to see an unattended child in the backseat as well as a small dog. The parent was nowhere in sight. How could a parent leave their precious child and pet in the car to go shopping?
Editorial: Research boom
July 10, 2013
Research being done at Kansas University continues to attract record amounts of outside funding.
Kennedy Students Shine During the Summer with the Support of Area Agencies
July 10, 2013
Thanks to a diverse team of community partners committed to preventing summer learning loss and ensuring students receive supportive services, Kennedy School is a beehive of activity, a far cry from years past, when it sat empty during the long school break.