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With Myles Turner's announcement that he will play college basketball at Texas next season, how good do you think Kansas will be in 2014-15?

Poll results

Response Percent
KU will rank among the top 10 in the nation.
 
53%
KU will be a top-5 team.
 
24%
KU will be ranked somewhere between 11th and 25th
 
19%
KU won’t be a top-25 team.
 
1%
Total 865
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12:14 a.m.
Shutterstock image. Latest federal numbers show low incomes, high prices make Lawrence most expensive in the state
April 29, 2014
New figures from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis show Lawrence residents are feeling the pinch in two areas. The city’s cost of living — although lower than the national average — is higher than any of the other metro areas in Kansas. To make Lawrence’s predicament worse, residents also earn far less than other Kansas communities. By Chad Lawhorn
10:14 a.m.
Britta McKee, a KU graduate, is one of a handful of artists who are creating pieces of jewelry and artwork from old pieces off the Kansas Statehouse dome. McKee takes larger sections of the copper and cuts out small pieces to shape into rings, earrings and other wearable jewelry. McKee is photographed at her home studio in Topeka. KU grads transform Statehouse dome copper into jewelry
April 30, 2014
The familiar green of the Statehouse dome may be gone, but visitors can still find bits of the old copper inside the Capitol’s gift shop, this time in the form of striking necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other baubles. Three Kansas University graduates —Bailey Marable, Britta McKee and Kristen Haug— were among the five artists selected by the Kansas Historical Foundation to transform the weathered metal into one-of-a-kind jewelry. By Joanna Hlavacek
7:07 p.m.
Shutterstock image. Kansas revenue in April falls sharply below estimates
April 30, 2014
Kansas tax receipts fell sharply in April, decreasing 30 percent below April 2013, and prompting a round of political finger pointing as lawmakers reconvened after a three-week break to finish the year’s legislative business. The figures surprised legislative leaders because the drop-off occurred less than two weeks after budget experts and Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration submitted a revenue estimate that indicated state coffers were in good shape for the rest of the fiscal year. By Scott Rothschild

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County workers get 2 percent increase in health insurance premiums
April 30, 2014
Douglas County employees see a two percent increase of their health insurance premiums beginning June 1.
Kansas revenue in April falls sharply below estimates
April 30, 2014
Kansas tax receipts fell sharply in April, decreasing 30 percent below April 2013, and prompting a round of political finger pointing as lawmakers reconvened after a three-week break to finish the year’s legislative business. The figures surprised legislative leaders because the drop-off occurred less than two weeks after budget experts and Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration submitted a revenue estimate that indicated state coffers were in good shape for the rest of the fiscal year. By Scott Rothschild
Social media policy draft met with concern, uncertainty at universities
April 30, 2014
A revised draft of the Kansas Board of Regents social media policy has received a chilly reception from faculty and staff at Kansas universities. While the regents adopted much of the language proposed by the work group tasked with reviewing the policy, it still contains some of the most controversial elements of the original. By Ben Unglesbee
Spike in cash seized by law enforcement paved way for increased spending in 2013
April 30, 2014
The recent uptick in drug forfeiture funds seized in Douglas County was also reflected in last year’s rise in expenditures using those monies — primarily on training.
Official says Kansas planned for execution review
April 30, 2014
A spokesman for the Kansas prison system says the agency was already planning to review the state’s execution process before a botched execution in Oklahoma.
Kansas revenues off $92M in April
April 30, 2014
Kansas officials are blaming changes in federal tax policies for lower-than-expected state revenue collections in April.
Motorists delayed near 23rd and Louisiana; alternative routes recommended
April 30, 2014
Motorists should continue to consider an alternate route when planning to drive near 23rd and Louisiana streets.
Five-star prospect Myles Turner picks Texas
April 30, 2014
Myles Turner, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound senior center from Trinity High in Euless, Texas, today announced plans to play college basketball at the University of Texas.
Headquarters Counseling Center names new executive director
April 30, 2014
Lawrence-based Headquarters Counseling Center will soon have a new executive director. Andy Brown, who has worked in social services in Lawrence for the past decade and a half, will lead the agency beginning May 12, taking over for Steve Lopes, who has served as interim director since November and will return to being a volunteer and advocate for the nonprofit. By Giles Bruce
Kobach says Wisconsin voter ID ruling will have no impact on Kansas
April 30, 2014
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Wednesday said a federal court ruling in Wisconsin, which struck down that state’s voter identification law, should have no impact on Kansas’ law. By Scott Rothschild
2012 beer bottle manslaughter case moving toward trial
April 30, 2014
Gory autopsy photos, the criminal history of the deceased and new criminal charges were among the topics discussed Wednesday as both sides in a 2012 manslaughter case met in Douglas County District Court ahead of a May 28 retrial. Justin P. Gonzalez, 22, of Mission, will again stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the Feb. 25, 2012, death of Nicholas J. Sardina, a 27-year-old Lawrence man. By Stephen Montemayor
Kansas public broadcasting could lose funding
April 30, 2014
Supporters of public broadcasting are concerned this could be the year that state funding for public radio and broadcast stations ends in Kansas.
Kansas legislators resume work on state budget
April 30, 2014
Kansas legislators working on finishing the state budget are hearing better revenue projections for the next 18 months. House Appropriations Committee members met Wednesday to work on a budget bill that would cover spending for the current year and in 2015, including more than $360 million for the Department of Corrections. Overall state revenues were revised upward by $177 million earlier in April.
Prep PG Devonte’ Graham narrows list to KU and NC State
April 30, 2014
Devonte’ Graham, a 6-foot-2 senior point guard from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, on Wednesday officially narrowed his list of schools to two — Kansas University and North Carolina State.
KU grads transform Statehouse dome copper into jewelry
April 30, 2014
The familiar green of the Statehouse dome may be gone, but visitors can still find bits of the old copper inside the Capitol’s gift shop, this time in the form of striking necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other baubles. Three Kansas University graduates —Bailey Marable, Britta McKee and Kristen Haug— were among the five artists selected by the Kansas Historical Foundation to transform the weathered metal into one-of-a-kind jewelry. By Joanna Hlavacek
5 tips for healthier living: from a mile a day to veggie days
April 30, 2014
Instead of eating two or three big meals (600-1,000 calories) a day, eat six or seven small meals (200-300 calories) to control weight gain.
Today in Lawrence: ‘Transforming Oppression,’ Super Nerd Night
April 30, 2014
More rain, a remembrance for Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “Transforming Oppression” at KU, and a new Super Nerd Night at The Bottleneck.
Royals ride 6-run 8th to win over Toronto
April 30, 2014
Salvador Perez homered and drove in four runs, and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 10-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Local teen swims at national meet
April 30, 2014
Lawrence native Michael Andrew had one top-10 finish at the Arena Grand Prix Series in Mesa, Ariz., last weekend.
FSHS soccer falls in double OT
April 30, 2014
Free State High’s girls soccer team fell to Shawnee Mission South, 1-0 in double overtime, on Tuesday night.
Kansas baseball routs WSU, 10-3
April 30, 2014
Jon Hander pitched five two-hit innings and picked up the win as Kansas University’s baseball team beat in-state rivals Wichita State, 10-3, on Tuesday at Eck Stadium.
KU’s Self offers his take on LHS coach firing
April 30, 2014
As an 11-year member of the Lawrence community with two children who graduated from Free State High, Bill Self follows the fortunes of Lawrence’s two high schools closely. As such, Kansas University’s basketball coach has an opinion on the recent unexpected, unexplained firing of Lawrence High hoops coach Mike Lewis. By Gary Bedore
O-South soccer routs injured Lions, 9-1
April 30, 2014
Down four starters entering Tuesday night’s home game against Olathe South, Lawrence High’s girls soccer team suffered a fifth injury in the first half. The damages mounted even more rapidly for the Lions on the field, and they never challenged a talented group of Falcons in a 9-1 loss. By Benton Smith
Local MMA titlist, new gym owner preps for bout
April 30, 2014
Two mixed martial arts events have been held in Lawrence during the past six months, but local MMA fighter Zak “Crash” Bucia was not aware of them until shortly before they took place. To help increase the popularity of MMA in his hometown, Bucia took matters into his own hands and started up Omni Method Gym at 721 E. Ninth St. He’s also competing in a big fight of his own Saturday in San Francisco. By Chris Duderstadt
Myles Turner expected to choose between KU, Texas today
April 30, 2014
Myles Turner, Rivals.com’s No. 9-rated player nationally, is expected to commit to, and sign with, either Kansas University or Texas live today on ESPNU. By Gary Bedore
Column: Lions, Firebirds united by firing
April 30, 2014
When hundreds of community members, young and old, packed the meeting room at the school district office Monday to show their support for recently fired Lawrence High boys basketball coach Mike Lewis, they did so as one voice. Column by Matt Tait
40 years ago: Growth of ‘pay-TV’ viewed as overly optimistic
April 30, 2014
The idea seemed “a pipe dream of magnificent proportions.”
Tuesday city prep sports postponed
April 30, 2014
A steady stream of rain Tuesday forced many Lawrence High and Free State teams to postpone games.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of April 29
April 30, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Tuesday, April 29.
Letter: Best solution
April 30, 2014
I was manning the Citizen’s Climate Lobby table at Earth Day in the park recently and I was asked an interesting question, interesting in the sense that I had not heard it before, and I did not immediately know an answer.
Letter: Vote for future
April 30, 2014
There are two major political groups of elected officeholders in Kansas: Republicans and Democrats. Which group will best preserve or improve safety, welfare, funding, job security, rights, benefits, social support, the economy and future lives of Kansas residents?
Letter: More departures
April 30, 2014
I was recently disappointed to read that the education commissioner for Kansas was leaving to take a job in Abu Dhabi. Unfortunately, with the way things are going now, I expect other departures to soon follow, such as:
Editorial: Impressive season
There’s something for everyone on the Lied Center’s 2014-15 schedule, and now is a great time to reserve your seats.
April 30, 2014
The season won’t kick off until Wynton Marsalis takes the stage with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Sept. 24, but fans and supporters of the performing arts won’t want to wait until then to buy their tickets for the 2014-15 season at the Lied Center of Kansas.
Opinion: Comments only the tip of U.S. racism
April 30, 2014
Oh, my Lord, where to begin? You already know what this column is about. You know even though we are barely three sentences in. You knew before you saw the headline.
25 years ago: New bill would limit liability for alcoholic sales to minors
April 30, 2014
“It puts the burden on the minor rather than the bar owner.”
100 years ago: Lawrence city council holds final meeting
April 30, 2014
“The old city government, under which Lawrence has been ruled since its beginning, dies tonight.”
Fresh takes: Nine easy ways to make the most of CSA produce
April 30, 2014
CSA’s are fantastic, I decided after participating in one for the first time last summer, but also can be challenging in the cooking department. As this year’s CSA season kicks off, I’m sharing some of the recipes that helped me make the most of my weekly haul to help you make the most of yours. By Sara Shepherd