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Archive for Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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1:04 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse in winter. Economic report shows Kansas lagging in numerous categories of growth
1:10 p.m., March 31, 2014 Updated 5:43 p.m.
A report by Gov. Sam Brownback’s Council of Economic Advisors shows that Kansas is lagging the region and nation in numerous economic categories. By Scott Rothschild
12:01 p.m.
In this file photo, Kansas House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades, a Newton Republican, answers questions from reporters following a round of talks between House members and senators on budget issues Thursday May 30, 2013 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kansas House committee chairman resigns amid GOP disputes over school funding
March 31, 2014
The chairman of the House budget committee resigned Monday amid disagreements among Republicans over a school finance bill. Rep. Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, resigned his post as the panel opened hearings on a new bill that more closely resembles a bill by Senate Republican leaders. By Peter Hancock
12:43 p.m.
File photo of gun, bullets and Kansas concealed carry permit. Senate advances bill stripping locals of authority in regulating firearms
April 1, 2014
Cities and counties would no longer be able to regulate firearms in their communities — such as restricting the open carry of a a firearm— under a bill advanced Tuesday by the Kansas Senate. By Scott Rothschild
4:31 p.m.
Free State Brewing Co. server Elizabeth Cunningham makes her way down the stairs past a mosaic created by Lawrence artist Lora Jost. Mosaic brings Kansas nature to Free State Brewing Co.
April 1, 2014
When Chuck Magerl thinks of the natural beauty surrounding Lawrence, he thinks of the Baker Wetlands, the Kaw River and the many farmlands that make up the Kansas landscape. These elements became inspiration for Magerl, proprietor of Free State Brewing Co. who went in search of an artist who could bring these elements together in one 7-foot-by-7-foot piece of art at the brewery and restaurant. “We have a lot of original art incorporated into our company,” Magerl said. “I wanted to continue that idea with a mosaic or mural that featured all the things I love about our region.” By Ashleigh Tidwell

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School finance bills advancing in Legislature
April 1, 2014
The House and Senate budget committees worked late into the night Tuesday hammering out school finance bills aimed at addressing a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling. Legislative leaders hope to finalize a bill before the end of the week. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence man sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for weapon, theft charges
April 1, 2014
A 36-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison in connection with leading police on an interstate pursuit and possessing a stolen gun and vehicle last year.
School finance bills include major higher ed provisions
April 1, 2014
House and Senate budget-writing committees late Tuesday included major higher education funding pieces as they worked on school finance. By Scott Rothschild
Nobel laureate gives speech on morally questionable markets
April 1, 2014
Nobel laureate Alvin Roth appeared in front of over 200 people at the Lied Center Tuesday to analyze the marketplaces for certain goods where the presence of money often throws up moral red flags in the general public.
Dever highlights Rock Chalk Park, SLT in State of the City address
April 1, 2014
Lawrence is about to move from an era of building infrastructure to a period of attracting new jobs and businesses, Lawrence’s outgoing mayor predicted Tuesday as part of the State of the City Address. By Chad Lawhorn
Topeka man sentenced to 67 months in federal prison for Club Magic shooting
April 1, 2014
Steven Michael Gigger, 30 of Topeka, was sentenced to 67 months in federal prison in connection with a May 2013 shooting outside Club Magic. Gigger pleaded guilty in federal court in October to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
House panel approves another proposal to try to block federal government in protection of lesser prairie chicken
April 1, 2014
Federal listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species continued to ruffle the feathers of some Kansas legislators. By Scott Rothschild
Visitors encouraged to ‘judge a book by its cover’ at University Press of Kansas exhibit
April 1, 2014
At the University Press of Kansas, you’re allowed to judge a book by its cover. The organization, located at 2502 Westbrooke Circle, is hosting an exhibit of some of the top book jacket and layout designs of 2013. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through April 11, visitors can learn more about the intricate process behind a book’s jacket, interior type and page layout at the Association of American University Presses Book, Jacket and Journal Show.
Lawrence man sentenced to 30 months in prison on drug, theft charges
April 1, 2014
A 38-year-old Lawrence man previously indicted on a federal gun charge was sentenced to 30 months in prison Tuesday in connection with several charges dating back to 2011.
Mosaic brings Kansas nature to Free State Brewing Co.
April 1, 2014
When Chuck Magerl thinks of the natural beauty surrounding Lawrence, he thinks of the Baker Wetlands, the Kaw River and the many farmlands that make up the Kansas landscape. These elements became inspiration for Magerl, proprietor of Free State Brewing Co. who went in search of an artist who could bring these elements together in one 7-foot-by-7-foot piece of art at the brewery and restaurant. “We have a lot of original art incorporated into our company,” Magerl said. “I wanted to continue that idea with a mosaic or mural that featured all the things I love about our region.” By Ashleigh Tidwell
KU business school releases designs of new building
April 1, 2014
On Monday the Kansas University School of Business released designs showing the interior and exterior of the building that will replace Summerfield Hall as the school’s home in fall 2016. Designs call for 19 classrooms, 202 offices, a 350-seat auditorium and a 125-seat auditorium, plus labs, a business incubator and spaces for student collaborations, research, industry partnerships and professional development, according to the school. By Ben Unglesbee
Manager: Truck driver appeared to be asleep before fatal turnpike crash
April 1, 2014
The 30-year-old Aurora, Colo., man who died when his tractor-trailer crashed into a Kansas Turnpike toll plaza early Saturday morning appeared to be asleep in photos taken just before the crash, his manager said Tuesday from California. By Stephen Montemayor
Measure advances that could put Kansas Legislature in charge of federal health care programs
April 1, 2014
Kansas legislators could be in charge of Medicare and other federally funded health care programs in the state under legislation approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday. By Scott Rothschild
ROTC exercise will bring Black Hawk helicopters to Lawrence
April 1, 2014
On Thursday Black Hawk helicopters fill land at the Shenk Sports complex at Iowa Street and CLinton Parkway to pick up Kansas University ROTC cadets for a training exercise. The exercise will be the first time many of the cadets have ever flown in a military aircraft.
Kansas Senate advances bill voiding local gun rules
12:30 p.m., April 1, 2014 Updated 03:33 p.m.
Cities and counties would no longer be able to regulate firearms in their communities — such as restricting the open carry of a firearm— under a bill advanced Tuesday by the Kansas Senate.
Senate advances bill stripping locals of authority in regulating firearms
April 1, 2014
Cities and counties would no longer be able to regulate firearms in their communities — such as restricting the open carry of a a firearm— under a bill advanced Tuesday by the Kansas Senate. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence woman arrested on suspicion of forgery, drug offenses
April 1, 2014
A 36-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Monday on suspicion of multiple crimes including forgery, theft, obstruction and drug possession after trying to pass a fraudulent check at a northwest Lawrence hardware store, police said.
Report: Kansas winter wheat crop needs moisture
April 1, 2014
The latest government snapshot says the Kansas winter wheat crop is in need of moisture in most of the state. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 25 percent of the state’s wheat crop is in poor to very poor condition. About 43 percent is rated as fair, with 30 percent in good and 2 percent in excellent condition.
Topeka man pleads not guilty in guitar-string beheading
April 1, 2014
A former Topeka man suspected of killing a man by severing his head with a guitar string in 2011 pleaded innocent to murder.
Today in Lawrence: Arlo Guthrie, Bun B, great books
April 1, 2014
Arlo Guthrie at Liberty Hall, Bun B at the Granada and a celebration of books at KU.
Royals trip in season opener at Detroit
April 1, 2014
There would be no easing into the 2014 season for Greg Holland. Kansas City’s star reliever was called on in the ninth inning with the potential winning run already at third, and Detroit’s Alex Gonzalez greeted him with a single to left that gave the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Royals on opening day Monday.
Royals trip in season opener at Detroit
April 1, 2014
There would be no easing into the 2014 season for Greg Holland. Kansas City’s star reliever was called on in the ninth inning with the potential winning run already at third, and Detroit’s Alex Gonzalez greeted him with a single to left that gave the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Royals on opening day Monday.
KU signee Cliff Alexander in no rush to go pro
April 1, 2014
Even before he ceremoniously grabbed an Illinois hat off a table, then dropped it and declared himself a Jayhawk, Cliff Alexander spoke openly about his one-and-done intention to help his family financially. On the same day Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft, the next big thing changed his tune following McDonald’s All-American Games practice Monday morning.
LHS golfer fifth at SMS Invitational
April 1, 2014
Lawrence High senior Narito Mendez shot a team-low 80 and placed fifth on Monday at the Shawnee Mission South Invitational at Meadowbrook Country Club.
High schools notebook: Deep batting order lifting LHS baseball
April 1, 2014
It’s no surprise that Lawrence High’s baseball players are swinging the bats well early in the season. The Lions feature some of the top hitters in the Sunflower League. However, the bottom of the order has been much better than anyone could have anticipated. Notes by Bobby Nightengale
23 places to eat in Lawrence if you’re gluten-free
April 1, 2014
Here are 23 Lawrence restaurants to try if you’re avoiding gluten.
25 years ago: Students with disabilities enjoy supported employment program
April 1, 2014
“This can help them in the transition from school to community.”
40 years ago: Changes suggested for KU parking regulations
April 1, 2014
Closure of three traffic control booths was one proposal.
100 years ago: Fire department responds to wrong house
April 1, 2014
“A small shed at the home of A. C. Briton was on fire.”
City commission expected to elect Amyx to serve one-year term as mayor
April 1, 2014
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting are expected to elect Commissioner Mike Amyx to serve a one-year term as mayor. It will be Amyx’s fifth stint as mayor, dating back to 1985. By Chad Lawhorn
KU football suspends wide receiver Thomas
April 1, 2014
A Kansas University football player was suspended Monday after a weekend incident involving campus police.
Letter: Vegetarian theme
April 1, 2014
TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible. Well, yes and no. The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah.
Letter: Tax reform
April 1, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins has repeatedly argued that our nation’s tax code is too complex and costly, burdens small businesses and makes all U.S. companies less competitive against their foreign counterparts. Rep. Jenkins advocates for comprehensive reform of the code.
Letter: Medicaid support
April 1, 2014
The advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society recently released the results of a poll of 500 randomly selected registered Kansas voters, resulting in 72 percent favoring expanding Medicaid, including 59 percent of Republicans, 92 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independents. Reagan Cussimanio, government relations director in Kansas for the society’s Cancer Action Network reports that “neither the governor’s office nor legislative leaders have an expressed interest in debating this issue during this year’s legislative session.”
Editorial: Conservation tool
State lawmakers shouldn’t undermine the use of conservation easements in Kansas.
April 1, 2014
Conservation easements are a tool used by landowners to ensure that the natural character of their land will be preserved for future generations.
Opinion: U.S. must back diplomacy with power
April 1, 2014
Dear President Obama: Last week, you were super-busy in Europe, warning Vladimir Putin not to invade eastern Ukraine.
Gluten-free: ‘Confusing’ fad or matter of life and death?
April 1, 2014
Even though the rate of celiac diagnoses is on the rise, it may be surpassed by the popularity of the gluten-free diet. While the trend has provided celiac sufferers with a wider variety of culinary options, health experts note that gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. By Giles Bruce