Archive for Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Chiefs’ trade for QB Smith official
March 12, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs finally have their new quarterback.
House panel OKs tax plan to rival governor’s
March 12, 2013
A legislative committee approved its Republican chairman’s plan for cutting Kansas’ sales and income taxes on Tuesday, advancing an alternative to the governor’s proposal that more aggressively slashes income taxes.
Senate advances judicial selection bill
March 12, 2013
The Kansas Senate advanced a bill Tuesday changing the way judges are chosen for the state Court of Appeals and giving the governor more say in who sits on the bench.
Commission approves increase in water and sewer rates; city on path to build $64M sewage treatment plant
March 12, 2013
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting unanimously agreed to approve new water and sewer rates that will increase the monthly bill of an average household by about 6 percent, but sets the city on a path to complete more than $160 million worth of utility improvements that staff members say are badly needed before 2017. By Chad Lawhorn
Neighbors to urge county to put sound limits on sand operation
March 12, 2013
Douglas County commissioners are expected to take final action Wednesday on a proposed permit for Penny Aggregate to operate a sand pit mine along the Kansas River near Eudora. But property owners across the river in Leavenworth County want strict limits on the noise volume of the diesel-operated dredge. By Peter Hancock
KU lands 10 graduate programs in top 10 in latest U.S. News rankings
March 12, 2013
Two Kansas University graduate programs kept their No. 1 national rankings among public universities in the latest U.S. News and World Report lists released Tuesday, but KU’s total number of top-10 programs fell by two from a year before.
Former truck driver sentenced to 33 years in prison for 2000 Ottawa cold case sexual assault
04:17 p.m., March 12, 2013 Updated 10:57 p.m.
A former truck driver was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison in Franklin County District Court Tuesday in connection with a February 2000 kidnapping and sexual assault of an Ottawa teenager. The sentence closes a case that had gone cold for than a decade before DNA identified a suspect. By Shaun Hittle
Late KU paleontologist Martin brought prehistoric beasts’ stories to life
March 12, 2013
Whether he was talking about saber-toothed cats on TV or fearlessly challenging beliefs in his field about how birds evolved, Larry Martin made prehistoric stories come alive. Martin died this past weekend at age 69. By Matt Erickson
KU Blood and Marrow Transplant program growing rapidly
March 12, 2013
In 2006, Kansas University Cancer Center staff performed fewer than 50 blood and marrow transplants for patients with blood diseases. By 2012, that number had jumped to 230. That rapid growth was the result of a direct effort by the KU Hospital to boost the program, medical director Joseph McGuirk told the KU Hospital Authority Board on Tuesday. By Matt Erickson
Rhoades recants, apologizes for bribery allegation against KTA chief
March 12, 2013
The chairman of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee says he was misunderstood and didn’t mean to imply that the head of the Kansas Turnpike Authority had offered $25 million to kill a proposed bill that would merge the turnpike with the Kansas Department of Transportation. By Scott Rothschild
Republican budget writers propose 4 percent across-the-board cut to higher education
March 12, 2013
Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee approved a 4 percent cut in state funding to higher education. The proposed reduction would total $29.2 million, including a cut at Kansas University of nearly $10 million. By Scott Rothschild.
How former Jayhawks fared in March 11 NBA games
March 12, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA games.
Sentence dispute in KU ticket scheme is heard
March 12, 2013
A former Kansas University athletic consultant convicted in a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy deserves a more lenient sentence based on conflicting provisions in his plea deal, his new attorney argued Monday.
KU soccer adds exhibition
March 12, 2013
Kansas University’s soccer team will play an exhibition contest against the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) FC Kansas City on March 30.
KU diver Christy Cash 36th at zone
March 12, 2013
Kansas University senior Christy Cash placed 36th in the three-meter event at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships on Monday.
Kansas OF Michael Suiter player of week
March 12, 2013
Kansas University outfielder Michael Suiter was named Big 12 Baseball Player of the Week.
Eleven Jayhawks get track All-America nod
March 12, 2013
Kansas University’s women’s track-and-field team had a program-best 11 athletes named first- or second-team All-Americans, it was announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Big 12 hoops title part of big year for K-State
March 12, 2013
It has been a banner year for Kansas State sports.
Jump for joy: KU’s Andrea Geubelle relishes Indoor titles
March 12, 2013
The last time Andrea Geubelle was at an NCAA Track and Field Championships, she thought she had won another individual title but later learned she hadn’t. Friday, she thought she hadn’t won and later learned she had. By Andrew Hartsock
Kansas WR Justin McCay out to prove himself
March 12, 2013
Based on fan reaction, one of the biggest surprises regarding the Kansas University football program’s pre-spring depth chart was junior Justin McCay’s listing as the second-string X receiver. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Big 12 better than it seemed
March 12, 2013
Coaches don’t need to oversell because it’s obvious the Big 12 is loaded, so much better than it looked during the nonconference season. By Tom Keegan
Jayhawks: ‘There’s nothing to celebrate’
March 12, 2013
Kansas State’s basketball players and coaches clipped the nets before about 3,000 fans Monday in Bramlage Coliseum in celebration of the school’s first men’s conference hoops championship since 1977. There was no such commotion at Kansas University. By Gary Bedore
40 years ago: Remote sensing data conference to be held at KU
March 12, 2013
The office of Gov. Robert Docking and KU’s Space Technology Center were to be the sponsors.
Letter: Local control
March 12, 2013
As a Journal-World subscriber, I’d like to see more coverage on the school bond issue that will be decided by voters on April 2.
Your turn: Market move raises concerns
March 12, 2013
Over the last 30 years, I have witnessed downtown Lawrence change from a retail shopping district to a bar and restaurant district. The commission has intentionally or unintentionally set priorities that benefit bars and restaurants when balancing the interests of special events like the Farmers’ Market.
Editorial: Ticket trend
Last year’s decline in local citations for traffic and other violations suggests the need to examine the city’s enforcement priorities.
March 12, 2013
What might have been? That’s likely what some families may be wondering as they ponder the significant drop in traffic and other citations issued by Lawrence police during 2012.
Letter: Focus on Paul
March 12, 2013
Sen. Marco Rubio praised Rand Paul’s filibuster as “doing the Senate’s work.”
25 years ago: Local reaction mixed on new prison plan
March 12, 2013
Local state legislators had reservations about the plan.
100 years ago: KU students banned from ‘subscription dances’
March 12, 2013
“There has been considerable complaint heard regarding the risque nature of some of the dances at these parties.”
Opinion: Israeli offers advice to Obama
March 12, 2013 in print edition on A8
Israel, I fear, is on a suicidal path: It could cease to be the democratic home of the Jewish people.
Horoscopes for March 12
March 12, 2013
For Tuesday, March 12: This year you could make money just to turn around and spend it right away. You call the shots in your life, so only you can change this pattern. If you are single, avoid making any impulsive commitments. If you are attached, the two of you might be eyeing a property investment.
KU, LMH partner for pilot program to decrease hospital readmissions
March 12, 2013
Being released after hospitalization doesn’t always mean the patient is back to normal health and often patients with chronic diseases are re-hospitalized within the same month. Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Kansas University School of Social Welfare Office of Aging and Long Term Care are conducting a pilot program to see if they can decrease that number and increase the overall quality of life for patients living with chronic diseases. By Meagan Thomas