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Missouri governor vetoes tax cut
June 5, 2013
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have cut Missouri’s income tax rate for the first time in more than 90 years, denouncing it as an “ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment.”
NRA-backed Kansas law raises tough free-speech issues
June 5, 2013
Fresh off a series of legislative victories across the nation, the National Rifle Association has launched a new effort starting in gun-friendly Kansas seeking to clamp down on the use of government money to lobby on gun-control issues.
Quarry allowed to change mining schedule
June 5, 2013
A divided Douglas County Commission voted Wednesday to allow the operators of the Big Springs Quarry to change the sequence of its mining operations. Nearby residents had opposed the change, saying they wanted predictability about when and where the mining would occur. By Peter Hancock
KU’s Mini College students back on campus for a week
June 5, 2013
About 50 students sat listening to a lecture by KU professor Jan Kozma on Wednesday afternoon in Kansas University’s Spooner Hall. But a few things made this lecture a bit different from the typical one. For one, the students applauded when it was over. That’s because it was during KU’s Mini College, a program that allows adults to live the college experience for a week. By Matt Erickson
WOW to begin work later this month on upgrade to boost Internet speeds in city
June 5, 2013
Lawrence’s largest Internet service provider will start a major upgrade later this month to provide more reliable Internet speeds in the city. By Chad Lawhorn
Liberal group to hold mock funeral for Kansas to protest Brownback’s tax measures
June 5, 2013
A mock wake and funeral for the state of Kansas will be held in Lawrence on Saturday to protest Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies. By Scott Rothschild
KU Med Center professor passes through Lawrence during walk across Kansas for stroke research
June 5, 2013
Walking across the state of Kansas in about three weeks isn’t easy: You’ll get blisters, your feet will ache endlessly and you may find yourself covered in ticks after hiking through tallgrass prairie. But it still doesn’t compare to what stroke survivors go through, and that’s part of why Sandra Billinger, an assistant professor at the Kansas University Medical Center, is finishing up a 570-mile walk across the state. By Matt Erickson
Analysis group believes new tax plan could ruin Kansas
June 5, 2013
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that analyzes tax policy warned Wednesday that the tax plan recently approved by the Kansas Legislature could put the state “on a path to ruin.” By Scott Rothschild
Crews respond to carbon spill near Kaw Water Treatment plant in central Lawrence
June 5, 2013
Clean-up crews are responding to a significant spill of powdered carbon, after a truck delivering the substance to the Kaw Water Treatment plant near Third and Illinois streets malfunctioned.
Outdoor Aquatic Center open after delayed start
01:26 p.m., June 5, 2013 Updated 03:02 p.m.
Inclement weather delayed outdoor pool opening to 3 p.m.
KU football, Hawaii to play home-and-home series starting in 2016
June 5, 2013
The Kansas football team will play a home-and-home series with Hawaii starting in 2016, the schools announced Wednesday afternoon.
Concert to raise funds for uninsured cancer patient
June 5, 2013
A concert is being held this weekend to raise funds for Dawn Villarreal-Nutt, a local business owner who was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year when she didn’t have health insurance. The event is Saturday from 8 p.m. at Gaslight Gardens, 317 N. Second St., and will feature performances by DJ Proof, JabberJosh, Prag and Hot & Ugly.
Douglas County Fair fun for farmers and city slickers alike
June 5, 2013
The 2013 Douglas County Fair will run July 26 until August 3. Contests, shows and free concerts will celebrate local agriculture.
Jefferson County woman charged in alleged murder-for-hire scheme
June 5, 2013
A 42-year-old Jefferson County woman has been charged in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme, accused of trying to trade her government assistance check for the killing of an ex-boyfriend. By Ian Cummings
KU women’s track begins bid for NCAA Outdoor title today
June 5, 2013
Kansas University’s top-ranked women’s track and field team and No. 15 men’s team will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships today in Eugene, Ore.
Lions’ Drew Green emerges as state’s top slugger
June 5, 2013
It was a cold March weekend in Oklahoma early this spring when Lawrence High baseball coach Brad Stoll and his players realized what Lions opponents would soon find out through punishment: LHS catcher Drew Green was a brute with a bat in his hands. By Benton Smith
Free State softball’s Rogers named to all-star team
June 5, 2013
Free State High senior shortstop A’Liyah Rogers will play for Kansas against Missouri in the MO-KAN Softball All-Star Series on Monday.
KU-UNC connection continues with Brad Frederick hire
June 5, 2013
Former Lawrence High basketball standout Brad Frederick, who worked for former Kansas University assistant Kevin Stallings the past 14 years as a full-time aide at Vanderbilt, is headed to North Carolina to serve as director of basketball operations for former KU coach Roy Williams. By Gary Bedore
Coach: Lions football showed promise at ESU camp
June 5, 2013
Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd and his staff didn’t know what they would find out about their team — good or bad — at Emporia State University’s two-day contact camp. However, from Sunday to Monday, the coaches observed a team that improved a great deal. By Benton Smith
40 years ago: Boys’ Club to open after fundraising drive
June 5, 2013
The club was to be located on the third floor above the Duckwall store at 10th and Mass.
Royals lose 11th in a row at home
June 5, 2013
In a season that began with promise and is now spiraling perilously out of control, the struggling Kansas City Royals set a dubious benchmark for a once-proud franchise on Tuesday night.
Letter: Gun fears unfounded
June 5, 2013
The recent actions by the city and county commissions (and the Lawrence Journal-World editorial “More guns”) are clearly not grounded in the facts.
Editorial: In harm’s way
Chasing violent storms is a risky business.
June 5, 2013
When tornados are hitting the ground, most people are trying to take cover or drive in the opposite direction — but not everyone.
Opinion: How do you spell ‘success’
June 5, 2013 in print edition on A7
The annual ritual known as the Scripps National Spelling Bee came and went last week with kids spelling words that, I suspect, many with graduate degrees couldn’t spell. The winner was Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Bayside Hills, N.Y. Mahankali is the first boy to win the title since 2008.
Opinion: GOP is overreaching on scandals
June 5, 2013 in print edition on A7
You’d think they’d never seen a scandal before. Like the nerd hero of some R-rated sex comedy who suddenly finds himself alone with a willing girl for the first time, some on the Republican right are giddy, hyperventilating and acting a little goofy at the troubles now plaguing Team Obama. Not that one can’t understand their eagerness. It must feel like Wile E. Coyote finally nailing that bleeping Road Runner after years of Acme product failures. Similarly, after years of trying to manufacture scandals out of Palin mumblings, Limbaugh rantings and pixie dust (see ACORN, Shirley Sherrod, death panels and birthers), the right suddenly finds that it finally has some charges of real substance with which to yoke the White House.
25 years ago: ‘Because without beer, things do not seem to go as well’: First legal brewery in a century to open downtown
June 5, 2013
The building was once an interurban depot and then a bus station.
Dog Days sessions moving to KU
June 5, 2013
The Red Dog’s Dog Days morning workouts will be moved from South Park to Kansas University beginning Monday.
100 years ago: Canoeing accident claims life of KU football star
June 5, 2013
“The news of the tragedy saddened the entire student body of the University.”
A vegetable-eater’s Eden
Home garden, one of 18 on tour, features curb-to-curb produce, chickens
June 5, 2013
For an easy summertime dinner at home, Bob Gent loves a good stir fry. He’ll toss together potatoes, eggplant, okra and tomato, and maybe a little meat to make a full and savory meal. Such a dinner is especially easy for Gent — everything he needs is growing just steps from his kitchen door.
Horoscopes for June 5
June 5, 2013
For Wednesday, June 5: This year you discover that others really do want to understand you. Sometimes you are taken aback by a friend’s requests. If you are single, many people gravitate toward you. If you are attached, share more of your authentic self with your sweetie.