From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 3, 1974:
- At this week's meeting of the Lawrence City Commission, Jack Rose, director of the Kansas University chemical laboratories, became the 54th mayor of the city. Commissioner Barkley Clark, front-runner in the 1974 city election, was chosen vice mayor and would be mayor the following year, according to tradition. In other business, commissioners approved extending 15th Street to Monterey Way and passed a resolution ordering sidewalk construction in the Alvamar area.
- The number of speeding citations issued on Douglas County highways this week, the first week of strict 55-mile-an-hour enforcement, reflected a "marked increase" noted statewide, according to Highway Patrol Supt. William Abbot. As of noon today, 28 speeding citations had been logged in Douglas County Court, compared to a total of only three during the first three days of March. Nine of the citations were for speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour, and 13 were for vehicles going 65 miles per hour in a 55-mile zone.