Archive for Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lead stories

1:26 a.m.
This rendering of the proposed new KU School of Business building shows a large atrium in between the north and south wings of the building. Designed as a commons area, designers and school officials hope it will be used for collaboration and conversation. The building will also house spaces for business incubation and student research, such as the Bloomberg terminal lab, shown here with a blue exterior. 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
9:36 a.m.
Work continues on the Rock Chalk Park sports complex near Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. The track and field stadium, far left, is the furthest along, with a projected opening set for spring 2014. The concrete pad for the city's eight-gym recreation center, top center, also has been poured. The center is expected to open in  summer 2014.  The concrete pads along the right edge of the photo are parking lots to serve the entire complex. In the center of the site are a soccer field and a softball stadium for Kansas University. 
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
1:28 p.m.
A display showing the lesser prairie chicken stands in the hallway on the second floor of the Kansas statehouse. In a news conference Friday afternoon, March 28, 2014, Gov. Sam Brownback said Kansas will join an Oklahoma lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after the agency decided to list the lesser prairie chicken as "threatened". Kansas files lawsuit against federal designation of lesser prairie chicken
11:13 a.m., April 2, 2014 Updated 5:53 p.m.
Kansas has officially joined a lawsuit that challenges federal designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a species in need of protection, the state attorney general’s office announced Wednesday. By Scott Rothschild
1:36 p.m.
This family photo shows Roman Ilyaich, left, the passenger in a March 29 crash at a Kansas Turnpike tollbooth, and his girlfriend Anna Zlotnikova, who spoke to reporters Wednesday at Kansas University Hospital, where Ilyaich is still in serious condition.  Kansas Turnpike crash passenger’s injuries ‘traumatic,’ girlfriend says
1:22 p.m., April 2, 2014 Updated 4:51 p.m.
Hours before a fatal tractor-trailer collision at a Kansas Turnpike toll plaza, the truck’s passenger left an early morning voicemail for his girlfriend back in Colorado. He told her to expect him at 10 a.m. in Denver and that he had a fun-filled day planned. By Stephen Montemayor
7:51 p.m.
Finance bills would complicate Lawrence’s bond construction plans
April 2, 2014
School finance bills now pending in the Kansas House and Senate would eliminate money the Lawrence district was counting on to help pay for and equip new facilities being financed with the recent $92.5 million bond issue. The bills would also force cutbacks for Lawrence’s two virtual schools. By Peter Hancock

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Thunderstorm warning, threat of hail issued for southeastern Douglas County
April 2, 2014
The National Weather Service in Topeka issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southeastern Douglas County until 10 p.m.
Finance bills would complicate Lawrence’s bond construction plans
April 2, 2014
School finance bills now pending in the Kansas House and Senate would eliminate money the Lawrence district was counting on to help pay for and equip new facilities being financed with the recent $92.5 million bond issue. The bills would also force cutbacks for Lawrence’s two virtual schools. By Peter Hancock
County approves new agritourism regulations, removes moratorium on applications
April 2, 2014
Douglas County is back in the business of accepting applications for agritourism operations after the Board of Commissioners approved new regulations and rescinded its moratorium on applications Wednesday.
Antarctic trench named after CReSIS director
April 2, 2014
The director of the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets recently had a Antarctic trench named after him. The “Gogineni Subglacial Trench” lies under nearly two miles of ice in Antarctica and took its namesake from the man who helped identify it.
KU health education building addressed in budget proposals
April 2, 2014
Public school finance bills that have emerged from House and Senate budget committees include major higher education funding pieces. By Scott Rothschild
This week’s rainfall could improve moisture levels, reduce fire risks
April 2, 2014
With storms bringing nearly an inch of rainfall to Lawrence on Wednesday morning, conditions for crops and fire risks could improve. The city and county are expected to get more rain as the week goes on.
Judge: Lawrence businessman facing up to 172 months in prison for securities fraud
April 2, 2014
A Lawrence businessman charged with securities fraud earlier this year made his first appearance in court Wednesday, where a Douglas County judge read the charges against him.
Wichita-based credit union takes over operations of Lawrence’s Jayhawk Federal Credit Union
April 2, 2014
A Wichita-based credit union that serves the likes of Leer Jet, Pizza Hut and other large corporations has taken over a Lawrence credit union that was the subject of customer concerns last fall. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas Senate passes bill voiding local gun rules
03:09 p.m., April 2, 2014 Updated 03:56 p.m.
A proposal to strip Kansas cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and nullify existing local gun ordinances is on track to clear the state Legislature quickly after the Senate approved it Wednesday. Senators approved the gun-rights bill, 34-2, sending it to the House. Supporters planned to engineer a vote in the House by the end of the week, so that the measure could go to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
Kansas Turnpike crash passenger’s injuries ‘traumatic,’ girlfriend says
01:22 p.m., April 2, 2014 Updated 04:51 p.m.
Hours before a fatal tractor-trailer collision at a Kansas Turnpike toll plaza, the truck’s passenger left an early morning voicemail for his girlfriend back in Colorado. He told her to expect him at 10 a.m. in Denver and that he had a fun-filled day planned. By Stephen Montemayor
KU to host forum on parking issues
April 2, 2014
The Kansas University Parking and Transit department will host an open forum at 2 p.m. Monday at the Kansas Union to discuss possible rate increases for next year as well as potential future changes to the parking system at the university.
Kansas files lawsuit against federal designation of lesser prairie chicken
11:13 a.m., April 2, 2014 Updated 05:53 p.m.
Kansas has officially joined a lawsuit that challenges federal designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a species in need of protection, the state attorney general’s office announced Wednesday. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas joins Oklahoma in lawsuit on wildlife regulation
April 2, 2014
Kansas has joined Oklahoma in a lawsuit challenging the process used by the federal government to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.
Kansas assessment tests hit by cyberattacks
April 2, 2014
Kansas schools that have been struggling to administer new math and reading assessment tests now have to deal with apparent cyberattacks on the testing system, according to state education officials.
Warehouse Arts developer buys Baldwin City school buildings
April 2, 2014
A Kansas City, Mo., developer who helped create the Warehouse Arts District in East Lawrence has purchased a pair of buildings from the Baldwin City school district.
Lawrence man suspected of aggravated arson, reportedly seen pouring gas on Jayhawk Motel
09:52 a.m., April 2, 2014 Updated 05:57 p.m.
Police arrested a 57-year-old Lawrence man on suspicion of two counts of aggravated arson Tuesday after witnesses reported seeing him pour gasoline on the side of a North Lawrence motel.
Today in Lawrence: Theatre Lawrence season party, the business of college sports
April 2, 2014
Thunderstorms, Theatre Lawrence Season Announcement Party, and the business of college sports at the Dole Center.
LHS girls track team edges FSHS in early season rivalry meet
April 2, 2014
It was the second time in five days that Lawrence and Free State high schools competed at the same meet. This time, it was just against each other. Pitted in a dual on Tuesday afternoon at Lawrence High, the Lions girls topped the Firebirds, 76-75, while the FSHS boys beat LHS, 82-67. Though Lawrence’s girls were thrilled with the victory over the defending Class 6A state champions, they were also quick to downplay it. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS girls soccer regroups to win season opener
April 2, 2014
Maddie Dieker had seen too many Free State High shots not end up in the back of the net Tuesday night in the FSHS soccer team’s season opener. The most frustrating part for the senior forward: a lot of those misfires were her own. By Benton Smith
Lions girls swimmers win Lawrence Invitational
April 2, 2014
More than a few members of Lawrence High’s girls swimming team have fears of missing their events. Though the young swimmers are still getting adjusted to the fast-paced varsity meets, they also showed how big of an impact they can make when they do show up at the right time. By Bobby Nightengale
Area basketball players earn all-state honors
April 2, 2014
Several city and area basketball players earned Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-State honors.
LHS tennis fourth at Emporia
April 2, 2014
Varsity returners Thomas Irick and Elliott Abromeit led the Lawrence High boys tennis team to a tie for fourth place, Tuesday at the Emporia Tournament.
KU recruit Myles Turner keeping options open
April 2, 2014
Myles Turner has heard the talk that his college choices are down to Kansas University or Texas. Not so, the highly ranked basketball recruit said. Tuesday was Media Day leading up to tonight’s McDonald’s High School All-American Games, and it came as no surprise the cameras and notebooks flocked to the only uncommitted player in the group.
Column: KU WR Coleman breaking out this spring
April 2, 2014
Spring football is the season for blossoming and Rodriguez Coleman’s name has popped up so often among coaches and teammates that it’s obvious the junior-to-be wide receiver is catching more eyes now than he did footballs last season. Column by Tom Keegan
Big 12 honors KU softball ace
April 2, 2014
Kansas University sophomore pitcher Kelsey Kessler was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
Late sub saves KU baseball victory over Wichita State
April 2, 2014
He’s known for his defense, but there might be room in Ryan Pidhaichuk’s bio for late-inning heroics after Kansas University’s 4-2 victory over Wichita State, Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark. By Matt Tait
25 years ago: Bobcat released into the wild after lengthy recuperation
April 2, 2014
The 2-year-old bobcat had been brought to Wildcare at KU’s Animal Care Unit to be nursed back to health.
Four KU juniors finalists for Truman scholarships
April 2, 2014
Four Kansas University juniors have entered the final rounds of selection for the 2014 Truman scholarships, which provide $30,000 toward graduate school for college students who plan to enter careers of public service.
Republicans continue to reject Medicaid expansion
April 2, 2014
Kansas continues to reject expansion of Medicaid. Last week, the Senate approved a bill, 33-7, that said the state couldn’t expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act unless the Legislature approves the policy. That reiterates a policy that was adopted last year.
Opinion: Christians should support Hollywood
April 2, 2014
It wasn’t so long ago that conservative Christians believed Hollywood to be evil and some preachers instructed their congregations not to go to movies lest they be tempted beyond their ability to resist. Now Christians are debating film content. That’s progress of a sort.
Editorial: Safety net
Helping people obtain affordable health insurance might be an important new mission for safety-net health care clinics.
April 2, 2014
Safety-net health care clinics like Health Care Access in Lawrence provide a great service to uninsured patients.
Opinion: Children’s health center impressive
April 2, 2014
Money may be the root of all evil, as the saying goes, but I was reminded last week of the overwhelming good it can do when put to work at a place like the Children’s National Health System here.
100 years ago: Kansas farmers’ demand for bull frogs exceeds supply
April 2, 2014
“They want bull frogs to sing, some of them. Others want them to eat. Still others just want to have them around.”
40 years ago: Premium gasoline nearing 60 cents a gallon
April 2, 2014
Careful shoppers could pump their own gas for as little as 44.3 cents a gallon for regular.
KU engineering students represent U.S. in international innovation challenge
April 2, 2014
On Saturday, KU engineering students Emily Thompson and Jeff Hoffman left for Dusseldorf, Germany, where they are competing in the final stage of the Henkel Innovation Challenge organized by Henkel AG & Co., a global manufacturer of adhesives, cosmetics, and other chemical products. There, they will present their idea for an adhesive that can be turned on and off through the use of nanotechnology. By Nikki Wentling
Manning mulling options
April 2, 2014
Former Kansas University basketball All-American Danny Manning, currently the head coach at Tulsa, met with Tulsa’s president and athletic director Tuesday afternoon amid reports he is a leading candidate to fill the Wake Forest head coaching vacancy.
Homemade granola is great for trips
April 2, 2014
While I’ve been counting down the days to our warm, spring break vacation, I’m not excited about the plane travel.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 1
April 2, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, April 1.