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House Republicans outline new tax plan
May 15, 2013
Republicans in the Kansas House outlined a new, compromise plan Wednesday for cutting income taxes in hopes of breaking a stalemate that’s prevented legislators from wrapping up their business for the year. The new plan would cancel part of a decrease in the state’s sales tax scheduled by law for July. The move would be aimed at stabilizing Kansas’ budget, while cutting personal income taxes further to follow up on massive reductions made last year in hopes of stimulating the economy.
Father of slain toddler grieves in Missouri jail
May 15, 2013
Shawn Bailey, father of the 18-month-old killed in the quadruple homicide case in Ottawa, sits in a jail cell in Missouri, missing the funeral services of his daughter just 200 miles away. By Shaun Hittle
County commissioners serve as ‘fence viewers’ to solve rural property dispute
May 15, 2013
Under an 1860s-era law, county commissioners in Kansas can be called upon to settle property line disputes in rural areas by conducting what’s called a “fence viewing.” Douglas County commissioners were required to perform that job Wednesday. By Peter Hancock
New building for KU engineering students to be named for donors
May 15, 2013
A new engineering research building on Kansas University’s west campus will be named for a Lee’s Summit, Mo., couple who made a donation to help fund its construction, the KU Endowment Association announced Wednesday.
Bid for recreation center comes in about $10 million lower than expected; questions grow over other cost estimates
03:26 p.m., May 15, 2013 Updated 06:38 p.m.
Lawrence officials on Wednesday received a batch of surprisingly low bids to build the city’s proposed recreation center in northwest Lawrence, with Lawrence-based Gene Fritzel Construction submitting the lowest bid, at $10.5 million. The bids raise questions about city estimates about the cost of the project and its associated infrastructure. By Chad Lawhorn
KU law school honors three graduates with Distinguished Alumni Awards
May 15, 2013
The Kansas University School of Law last week honored three current and former public officials with its Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Road work on K-10 bypass begins Friday; downtown and 23rd Street bridges reopen
May 15, 2013
Resurfacing work on the K-10 bypass around west Lawrence will begin Friday, causing major delays for motorists. The downtown bridges over the Kansas River will reopen to full traffic Thursday evening. And the 23rd Street overpass between Haskell and Barker Avenues is fully open. By Peter Hancock
Higher education officials say concealed carry on campus probably inevitable in the future
May 15, 2013
The Kansas Board of Regents is expected to adopt a temporary resolution to keep in place the current no-weapons policy at the state universities, including Kansas University. But having guns on campuses in some form in the future is probably inevitable, according to Regents Vice Chairman Fred Logan Jr. By Scott Rothschild
KU commencement set for 10:30 a.m. Sunday
May 15, 2013
Kansas University’s spring 2013 graduates are set to begin their traditional walk down the hill at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for KU’s 141st annual commencement, barring inclement weather.
Opinion: What, exactly, was the IRS thinking?
May 15, 2013
Well, this is a fine mess. After years of moaning about various “conspiracies” against them, conservative activists finally have a real (i.e., not manufactured by Fox or inflated by Limbaugh) piece of evidence to take before the court of public opinion.
KU softball earns All-Big 12 honors
May 15, 2013
Kansas University softball players earned several All-Big 12 nods, the conference announced Tuesday.
Gary Hammer named Veritas athletic director
May 15, 2013
Veritas Christian School has named Gary Hammer athletic director. Hammer will step down as Veritas’ boys basketball coach and will coach junior high girls basketball at the school.
FSHS softball wary of regional foe; Lions finally healthy
May 15, 2013
As the regional playoff host with the gaudy regular-season record, it might be easy to assume Free State High’s 17-3 softball team is the heavy favorite to win two games today at home and move on to the Class 6A state tournament. By Benton Smith
City baseball teams battle-tested entering regional play
May 15, 2013
Coaches like to talk about the importance of using the regular season to set their teams up for the best possible postseason scenario. No baseball team took advantage of that formula better than Free State High (17-3), which plays host to a four-team Class 6A regional today. By Benton Smith
Chemistry key for FSHS soccer in regional-opening victory over ONW
May 15, 2013
Free State girls soccer coach Kelly Barah trusts his team to improvise on scoring opportunities. That trust paid off Tuesday night in the Firebirds’ Class 6A regional opener as Chelsea Casady connected with Maddie Dieker for the only goal in a 1-0 victory against Olathe Northwest. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Wiggins may share something with Wilt, Danny
May 15, 2013
Monte Johnson, who played with Kansas University legend Wilt Chamberlain and was athletic director during the Danny Manning era, is looking forward to watching the next great Jayhawk, Andrew Wiggins. Column by Tom Keegan
Prep coach: Wiggins’ ability ‘off the charts’
May 15, 2013
Huntington (W. Va.) Prep coach Rob Fulford — who has worked with Canadian sensation Andrew Wiggins the past two seasons — won’t go so far as to compare the future Jayhawk to LeBron James or Michael Jordan but insists ‘his future is very bright.” By Gary Bedore
Wiggins followed heart in signing with Jayhawks
May 15, 2013
Down to four finalists, basketball phenom Andrew Wiggins had a difficult time deciding between Kansas University, Florida State, North Carolina and Kentucky. Ultimately… “I just followed my heart. Kansas had my heart so that’s where I wanted to go,” Wiggins said Tuesday morning after signing a letter-of-intent with KU. By Gary Bedore
New judicial-selection plan fails
May 15, 2013
A plan to change how Kansas fills vacancies on its two highest courts foundered Tuesday when the Kansas Bar Association’s board decided to oppose it.
100 years ago: Search continues for missing Lawrence child
May 15, 2013
“Mrs. S. W. Atkinson, mother of the lost child, is prostrated with grief.”
Angels hand Royals’ Guthrie first loss, 6-2
May 15, 2013
Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout all homered off Jeremy Guthrie, and the Los Angeles Angels handed the right-hander his first loss in 19 starts with a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Editorial: Court case
There’s no need for city officials to reopen discussion of lighting tennis courts near Lawrence High School.
May 15, 2013
Like volleys back and forth across the net, the issue of lighted tennis courts is being served up again for the Lawrence City Commission.
Opinion: Benghazi, IRS: Son of Watergate?
May 15, 2013
In his defense of President Obama, Press Secretary Jay Carney is beginning to sound a lot like Ronald Zeigler, Richard Nixon’s spokesman. Carney only has to use the word “inoperative,” as Ziegler did when incriminating evidence surfaced that proved his previous statements untrue.
Beer and food — a hoppy couple
Craft beer movement creates flavorful, complex brews that make food taste even better
May 15, 2013
The craft beer movement — being celebrated this week during American Craft Beer Week — is creating new, flavorful and multidimensional brews every day.
25 years ago: Developer sues for losses in Lawrence mall case
May 15, 2013
The firm was seeking $250,000 in damages in a federal suit.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Idol’ winds down with final two contestants battling for the win
May 15, 2013
The last two finalists warble for the judges on the final night of competition on “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox). But will the judges pay attention? Or will they be staring at their pink slips? Reports surfaced or, rather, erupted last week that the entire panel was going to be fired. Even Randy (”Yo, yo, yo, dawg”) Jackson quit, and he’s been part of the show since Millard Fillmore was president.
40 years ago: Pinckney parents discuss ‘shared principal’ proposal
May 15, 2013
Parents had recently been told that the school could no longer afford a full-time principal.
Horoscopes for May 15
May 15, 2013
For Wednesday, May 15: This year you will gain insight by reaching out to others. Start conversations, and be open to others’ ideas. If you are single, you will be expanding your circle of friends. If you are attached, communicate and extend an olive branch to your sweetie.