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State reading, math scores drop as schools shift to new standards
November 12, 2013
Scores on state reading and math scores fell across the board in 2013, both statewide and in the Lawrence school district. Officials say it is likely because the tests themselves no longer reflect what is being taught in classrooms. By Peter Hancock
Construction work begins on South Lawrence Trafficway
November 12, 2013
After nearly two decades of litigation and protests, construction work on the South Lawrence Trafficway officially began Tuesday, a spokeswoman with the Kansas Department of Transportation said. By Chad Lawhorn
KU Edwards will offer a new degree in educational technology
November 12, 2013
Next spring the Kansas University Edwards Campus will roll out a new master’s program in educational technology, KU announced Tuesday. By Ben Unglesbee
Tour shows off work at Rock Chalk Park sports complex
November 12, 2013
A big, thick set of concrete walls would be a perfectly fine Christmas gift at the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. By Christmas, work is expected to be underway on raising walls at the city’s new 181,000-square-foot recreation center at the Rock Chalk Park sports complex in northwest Lawrence, parks and recreation leaders said on Tuesday as they provided a tour of the construction site. By Chad Lawhorn
Local corn, soybean harvests almost done
November 12, 2013
Area farmers are out in the fields, putting the finishing touches on this year’s corn and soybean harvests. Already behind schedule because of the late planting season, they’re now competing with mud and at-times too-moist crops, a result of the recent rainfall. By Giles Bruce
KU-Iowa State kickoff set for 7 p.m. Nov. 23
November 12, 2013
The Kansas University football team’s final road game of 2013 will kick off under the lights in Ames, Iowa, KU officials announced this afternoon. KU’s Nov. 23 match-up with Iowa State is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports 1.
100 years ago: Rural mail carrier is ‘a post office all by himself’
November 12, 2013
“A farmer may call up his neighbor and ask him to send down a monkey-wrench or loan his wife a cup of sugar and the rural carrier will bring it….”
40 years ago: Woman charged in murder of elderly husband
November 12, 2013
J. W. Schoonover, the woman’s ninth husband, had been shot three times on Oct. 24.
25 years ago: Sculpture unveiled during Veterans Day ceremony
November 12, 2013
The sculptor was himself a Vietnam-era veteran.
Final candidate for Baker presidency cites experience, academic interests as motives in seeking post
November 12, 2013
The final candidate of three vying for Baker University’s presidency said it was the school’s “specialness” and “values” that prompted her to seek the position, but added that the alliance of the school and Baldwin City’s history with her scholarly interest also intrigued her. By Elvyn Jones
Letter: Project analysis
November 12, 2013
I recently attended a continuing education seminar for architects and engineers which included a review of public-private partnership law by Susan McGreevy a Kansas City, Mo., attorney.
Letter: Progressive take
November 12, 2013
Local League of Women Voters leaders clearly enunciate the “progressive” take on life. Having “health insurance” with the quality and affordability you like isn’t really insurance (Public Forum, Nov. 5). The public is ill-informed and they will tell you what real insurance is and what you should pay for it. 
Letter: Resignation request
November 12, 2013
I read in the Journal-World, quoting Sen. Pat Roberts on Kathleen Sebelius about the Obamacare website,”Your main goal should have been to protect the Americans, to lessen their risk and to insure their safety … I repeat my request for you to resign.”
Opinion: Remake VA to serve new generation
November 12, 2013
Just in time for Veterans Day, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, announced last week that his department had reduced its backlog of overdue disability claims from more than 600,000 in March to about 400,000.
Editorial: School funding
Kansas is not the only state facing education funding challenges.
November 12, 2013
It’s not surprising that Kansans are confused, frustrated, angry and/or fed up with the ongoing debate about funding for the state’s education programs — K-12 and higher education.
5K to benefit agency that works with special-needs children
November 12, 2013
A 5K run is being held in Lawrence this weekend to remember a local boy who died at 21 months old and to benefit a local agency that served him.