Archive for Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Lead stories

10:00 a.m.
Connie Cluff, 61, struggled for 20 years to defeat ovarian cancer. Now cancer-free, she attributes her success to her family, God and the staff at LMH Oncology Center. Cancer survivor credits gratitude and God
September 3, 2013
Connie Cluff, at 61 years old, is beautiful and full of light. Upon meeting her, one would never know that she has struggled for 20 years to defeat ovarian cancer. Cluff, who has been cancer-free now for five years and has a happy and light-hearted attitude, admits, “There were some dark times.” By Megan Stuke
12:14 p.m.
A man votes at New York Elementary School in this 2011 file photo. An election law written by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, which requires photo ID to vote, is raising concerns about what that means for absentee voting. Legislature unlikely to change proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration
10:26 a.m., September 3, 2013 Updated 6:26 p.m.
A proposal to change the new state law that has put at risk 15,000 Kansans’ ability to vote was rejected in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday and probably will not be revived during the special session. By Scott Rothschild
2:33 p.m.
A close-up of KU offensive lineman Pearce Slater at Saturday's practice. Photo courtesy of Jeff Jacobsen, Kansas Athletics. Offensive lineman Pearce Slater hasn’t returned to KU
September 3, 2013
Kansas offensive lineman Pearce Slater still has not returned to Kansas University, KU coach Charlie Weis announced at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
4:49 p.m.
Kansas state Rep. Steven Becker asks questions about proposed changes to the state’s “Hard 50” prison sentence during a committee hearing Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Topeka, Kan. Legislators are considering a bill that would make changes to the way the prison sentence is determined following a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Virginia case. Kansas House taking up rewrite of ‘Hard 50’ law
4:46 p.m., September 3, 2013 Updated 8:45 p.m.
Lawmakers began revamping a long-used state law on Tuesday that automatically imposes a 50-year prison sentence on some convicted murders, an effort sparked by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a similar law in Virginia. The so-called Hard 50 law is the harshest criminal penalty in Kansas short of a death sentence. The Associated Press

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Editorial: Greatest gift
The Dole Institute of Politics has been great for our community, as well as what it stands for: civil discourse
September 3, 2013 in print edition on A8
It is worth remembering that it was 10 years ago that the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics was dedicated at Kansas University, marking a great gift for the university, Lawrence and the state.