Archive for Monday, April 7, 2014

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12:03 a.m.
Ed Elmer sorts through a photo album Thursday at his home in Oskaloosa. The photos are of his years living in Washington State, where his family home near Oso was destroyed by the massive landslide on March 22 that killed dozens of people. With Elmer are his wife, Jennifer Elmer, and mother-in-law, Mari McKee, both of whom had also lived in the Washington home before moving to Kansas a few years ago. Area resident laments loss of neighbors, family home in Washington’s deadly landslide
April 7, 2014
When Ed Elmer made his daily commute in Washington State, images of catastrophe always flickered through his mind as Mount Rainier, one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes, loomed massively in his windshield. What would happen if it erupted? Think of the countless commuters like him clogging Interstates 5 and 90. Imagine the devastation. By Kim Callahan
11:00 a.m.
America Almaraz, a local People's Bank manager, is pictured March 28. Through partnering with the United Way, Almaraz says she is looking forward to volunteer opportunities, especially those that involve education. Volunteer uses professional skills to advance education goals
April 7, 2014
A 16-year career in banking has taught America Almaraz to not be afraid to ask tough questions and to do the hard work of continually improving processes so you can achieve better results. Now Almaraz is excited to use the skills and insights she’s honed as the store manager for the Peoples Bank branch on 31st and Iowa streets to help kids in Douglas County succeed in school. By Micki Chestnut
2:05 p.m.
Teachers who converged on the Kansas Statehouse this week found various ways to pass the time as they waited for the House and Senate to start debating a school finance bill. They urged lawmakers not to include language that would also repeal the rights of teacher tenure in Kansas. Kansas teachers to take lessons from Statehouse back to classrooms
April 6, 2014
Hundreds of teachers converged on the Kansas Statehouse last weekend, hoping to deter lawmakers from passing a law to repeal their tenure rights. Among them were many social studies teachers who plan to share the experience with their students to help them understand how the state and national governments work. By Peter Hancock
9:06 p.m.
Kansas Capitol in Topeka School districts say new school finance bill will widen disparities
April 7, 2014
The Legislature’s new school finance bill will continue to widen the funding gap between wealthy and poor districts, attorneys representing school districts that successfully sued the state said Monday. By Scott Rothschild

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School districts say new school finance bill will widen disparities
April 7, 2014
The Legislature’s new school finance bill will continue to widen the funding gap between wealthy and poor districts, attorneys representing school districts that successfully sued the state said Monday. By Scott Rothschild
Incentives package for Lawrence downtown apartments comes with accountability
April 7, 2014
A new idea to improve the behavior and accountability of businesses that receive tax breaks will be put to the test at Lawrence City Hall on Tuesday. By Chad Lawhorn
Higher education officials laud Legislature’s work
April 7, 2014
Higher education officials on Monday gave a thumbs-up to the Kansas Legislature. “It was a great session for higher education,” said Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan. By Scott Rothschild
Weather smiles on 20th annual Brew to Brew run
April 7, 2014
This weekend’s 20th annual Brew to Brew run attracted thousands of entrants, who enjoyed near-perfect spring weather for the 40-plus mile Kansas City-to-Lawrence relay. By Sara Shepherd
Attorneys concerned about Kansas school package
April 7, 2014
Lawyers for parents and school districts at the heart of the Kansas school funding battle have concerns about the plan approved by lawmakers to address a state Supreme Court ruling.
Free State journalism teacher achieves ‘Master’ status
April 7, 2014
Laurie Folsom of Lawrence Free State High School has achieved Master Journalism Educator status from the Journalism Education Association.
KC police say highway shootings might be connected
April 7, 2014
Kansas City police say 13 shootings aimed at drivers on area highways since March 8 might be connected.
Tonganoxie man killed in motorcycle accident in Jefferson County
April 7, 2014
A 20-year-old Tonganoxie man was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon in Jefferson County, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Local computer techs predicting problems for some Microsoft users beginning Tuesday
April 7, 2014
Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday will stop issuing security updates for its popular but old XP Windows operating system, which means that millions of personal and business computers will be susceptible to hacking in a multitude of new ways. By Chad Lawhorn
Animal trapping group inquires about bringing convention, firearms to Douglas County Fairgrounds
April 7, 2014
An animal trapping organization interested in hosting a convention at the Douglas County Fairgrounds is asking the Douglas County Commission to consider allowing it to bring firearms onto the site as part of the event. By Elliot Hughes
Lightning ends women’s tourney
April 7, 2014
The third and final round of the SMU Women’s Golf Invitational Sunday was canceled 45 minutes in Sunday due to lightning in the Dallas area.
25 years ago: Oldest living Haskell graduate honored today
April 7, 2014
Lenora Bourdon had attended Haskell twice between 1910 and 1914.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 6
April 7, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, April 6.
Volunteer uses professional skills to advance education goals
April 7, 2014
A 16-year career in banking has taught America Almaraz to not be afraid to ask tough questions and to do the hard work of continually improving processes so you can achieve better results. Now Almaraz is excited to use the skills and insights she’s honed as the store manager for the Peoples Bank branch on 31st and Iowa streets to help kids in Douglas County succeed in school. By Micki Chestnut
Volunteers needed for Lawrence Visitor Center
April 7, 2014
The Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau provides visitors to Lawrence a first impression of our community’s friendliness, as well as directing guests to local resources and current events.
Today in Lawrence: Money and politics, National Championship
April 7, 2014
Warm weather, afternoon showers, the economics of American elections, and a little basketball game in Arlington, Texas.
Business briefcase April 7
April 7, 2014
BG Consultants, Inc. announced the addition of Eric Hethcoat to its staff.
Letter: Don’t blame ethanol
April 7, 2014
Kansas University biologist Chip Taylor has brought ethanol to the top of his list of enemies to monarch butterflies in an article published on March 31. Over the years, Taylor has blamed global warming, drought and improved weed control for declining monarch populations. Now, he claims ethanol production is forcing wild prairie into crop production, destroying butterfly habitat. That is simply not true.
Letter: Columnists off-base
April 7, 2014
Put Charles Krauthammer and Trudy Rubin in charge of foreign policy and they would have us neck deep in Middle East war and in the Ukraine as well — wars we could not possibly win. They also know that there is zero chance that the American public would be in favor of either.
Letter: Minimum wage
April 7, 2014
Opponents of a minimum wage increase are doing an excellent job of making it sound like a government handout. They suggest that it constitutes government interference in a market that determines wages some other way. The truth is, for better or worse, federal minimum wage laws are what determine wages in the United States.
Star-crossed plan
The design for an Eisenhower Memorial has hit yet another roadblock.
April 7, 2014
It seems that the well-deserved memorial to honor the nation’s 34th president will have to wait a little longer.
Bankruptcies for April 7
April 7, 2014
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Area resident laments loss of neighbors, family home in Washington’s deadly landslide
April 7, 2014
When Ed Elmer made his daily commute in Washington State, images of catastrophe always flickered through his mind as Mount Rainier, one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes, loomed massively in his windshield. What would happen if it erupted? Think of the countless commuters like him clogging Interstates 5 and 90. Imagine the devastation. By Kim Callahan
Divorces for April 7
April 7, 2014
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
40 years ago: KU’s Erotic Film Festival faces second cancellation
April 7, 2014
“If the film was confiscated, a court battle involving the Kansas Union would ensue.”
Opinion: U.S. still drives free-trade agenda
April 7, 2014
Name a foreign-policy issue on which China and most of the rest of the world’s nations are struggling to keep up with a U.S. initiative. If you guessed “free trade,” you’re correct.
Marriages for April 7
April 7, 2014
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
100 years ago: Voter turnout today expected to break records
April 7, 2014
“The city is changing over from the old mayor and council system of government to the new commission form.”
Haskell Empowerment Summit aims to inspire
April 7, 2014
A little empowerment can go a long way. That’s been the case personally for Maria Boyd, and she hopes the Indigenous Empowerment Summit she’s organized for Friday at Haskell Indian Nations University will do the same for fellow students. By Sara Shepherd
KU to host events commemorating Brown V. Board
April 7, 2014
This weekend Kansas University will host two events examining the history and lasting impact of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. The events are free and open to the public.