Archive for Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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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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