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40 years ago: America gets new VP; Kaw headed for record high levels; new day picked for siren testing

October 13, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 13, 1973:

  • In the wake of the sudden resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew, President Nixon's brief message nominating Gerald R. Ford for vice president was greeted by Ford's House of Representative colleagues with a standing ovation, foreshadowing a smooth confirmation process. Nixon had announced his choice in a nationally televised ceremony, with only brief, indirect mention of the tax-evasion scandal that had forced Agnew's resignation.
  • The Kansas River was swelling out of its banks following torrential rainfall during this week's storms. Local authorities were keeping on eye on the river, which appeared to be headed for levels not seen in Lawrence since the 1951 floods.
  • After finding no consistent policy in cities throughout Kansas, local authorities had decided to change the testing of tornado sirens in Douglas County to the first Monday of each month, rather than the last Saturday. The September test had caused some alarm among fans at the Kansas University football game and the young musicians participating in Band Day festivities.

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