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1:32 a.m.
A plot of land previously owned by Pine Family Farms has been sold to the Delaware Indian Tribe of Oklahoma. The deal consists of 87 acres north of the  Kansas Turnpike near the North Lawrence interchange. Indian tribe that once proposed North Lawrence casino purchases large tract along interstate
July 23, 2013
An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe that explored building a casino in North Lawrence more than a decade ago has purchased about 90 acres of prime property along the Kansas Turnpike. In a written statement, the Delaware Tribe of Indians said it has purchased 87 acres of the Pine Family Farms operation, which is just east of the North Lawrence Kansas Turnpike interchange. Tribal leaders, however, declined to comment on whether the tribe has any interest in building a casino on the property. By Chad Lawhorn
12:39 p.m.
Outgoing mayor Mike Dever listens to a discussion among the commissioners Tuesday at City Hall. On his final night as mayor, Dever delivered his State of the City Address, in which he asked the commission to prioritize its search for a new homeless shelter. City approves 2014 budget
July 23, 2013
Growth is a theme in the $185 million 2014 budget unanimously approved by Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night. The budget calls for an increase in the city’s property tax, water and sewer rates, but commissioners said they believe the increases will pave the way for new growth in the community. By Chad Lawhorn
7:34 p.m.
Richard Bean, of Vinland, works some of his hives on Wednesday July 24, 2013, at 1121 N. 1350 Road. Bean has learned to change honey combs fairly regularly, as colony collapse disorder is occurring now and has caused losses for some. Local beekeepers avoid widespread losses
6:13 p.m., July 24, 2013 Updated 7:50 p.m.
Amid a nationwide conversation about the sudden disappearance of bees, only isolated incidents have occurred in Kansas. Though beekeepers near Lawrence and in most of the eastern part of the state are maintaining their colonies, entomologists and Chip Taylor, a professor of insect ecology at Kansas University, said Colony Collapse Disorder is something that may have widespread and lasting effects. Taylor said the environment is having a negative effect on all pollinators — a species that is, according to the USDA report, essential for one-third of all food and beverages made in the U.S. By Nikki Wentling

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