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12:48 a.m.
Paul Davis, left, and Sam Brownback. National Republicans air ads for Brownback
August 7, 2014
The Republican Governors Association began airing TV ads on behalf of Gov. Sam Brownback on the same day the Brownback campaign sent out fundraising emails warning GOP voters that the Democratic Governors Association was throwing support behind Rep. Paul Davis. By Peter Hancock
9:32 a.m.
Angelica Marie Kulp Lawrence police locate owner of car in connection with homicide suspect
9:22 a.m., August 8, 2014 Updated 3:19 p.m.
Lawrence police are asking for help in their investigation of the apparent homicide of Christine Kaplan, whose body was discovered July 26 at her home in the 1100 block of New York Street. Investigators are looking for anyone who may have spoken with or given a ride to Angelica Kulp, a suspect in the case, over the past several weeks, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, police department spokesman. Kulp is in the Shawnee County Jail on an unrelated charge. Police say Kulp will be brought to Douglas County to face charges of first-degree murder after her Shawnee County case is resolved.
8:24 p.m.
In this file photo, Kansas House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades, a Newton Republican, answers questions from reporters following a round of talks between House members and senators on budget issues Thursday May 30, 2013 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. New budget projections from the Kansas Legislature's nonpartisan research staff show a state budget shortfall developing by July 2016. The projections released Friday by the Legislative Research Department also show a lower figure for the state's cash reserves on June 30 than Gov. Sam Brownback's administration reported last month. New Kansas figures show shortfalls
3:31 p.m., August 8, 2014 Updated 4:10 p.m.
New budget projections from the Kansas Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff show a state budget shortfall developing by July 2016. The projections released Friday by the Legislative Research Department also show a lower figure for the state’s cash reserves on June 30 than Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration reported last month.

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Woodland misses cut at PGA
August 8, 2014
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot a second straight 1-over-par 72 at the PGA Championship on Friday and missed the cut by one stroke.
KU retouches Allen Fieldhouse floor
August 8, 2014
Allen Fieldhouse will have a shiny, new basketball floor for its 60th anniversary season. Workers started the process of sanding, sealing, painting and buffing KU’s playing surface on July 29 with the court to be available for men’s and women’s practices around Labor Day. By Gary Bedore
Butler, Royals win fifth straight
August 8, 2014
Billy Butler is hot at the plate and Kansas City Royals are even hotter. Butler homered and drove in three runs and right fielder Nori Aoki threw out two runners in the same inning as the Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
Chiefs uneven in preseason opener
August 8, 2014
Depending on which part of the Chiefs’ preseason opener Andy Reid chose to watch, he could have come away thrilled about the prospects for the season or deeply depressed.
Kansas soccer moves exhibition location
August 8, 2014
Kansas University soccer has moved its scheduled exhibition match against South Dakota State on Aug. 15 from Rock Chalk Park to the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
KU volleyball second in Big 12 preseason poll
August 8, 2014
The Kansas University volleyball team was voted second in the Big 12 preseason poll, released Friday.
Smooth operators: Jayhawks open fall camp expecting efficiency
August 8, 2014
Friday’s first practice of the 2014 Kansas University football season began a new era for third-year KU coach Charlie Weis. “I’m really looking forward to being a head coach,” said Weis, who fired himself as the team’s offensive coordinator during the offseason. By Matt Tait
Column: Avery latest RB talent sold on Kansas
August 8, 2014
Kansas University football coaches for years have said landing commitments after visits is not the difficult part; it’s getting recruits to visit. Column by Tom Keegan
Window-restoration ‘boot camp’ coming to Lecompton’s Constitution Hall
August 8, 2014
The Kansas Historical Society, with funding from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council, will host a window-restoration boot camp next month in Lecompton. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 through 19, restoration expert Bob Yapp will guide participants in the weatherization and restoration of nine complete, double-hung windows in Lecompton’s Constitution Hall, 319 Elmore St.
Lawrence man, 25, charged with seven drug-related crimes
August 8, 2014
A 25-year-old Lawrence man was charged with seven drug-related crimes Friday, including intent to distribute illegal substances, possession and using a communication facility to facilitate a drug deal.
Lawrence woman sentenced to five years for voluntary manslaughter in Christmas Day death of boyfriend
August 8, 2014
A 27-year-old Lawrence woman who pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in June for the Christmas Day stabbing of her boyfriend was sentenced to 59 months — or about five years — in prison Friday.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Aug. 12 meeting
August 8, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
New Kansas figures show shortfalls
03:31 p.m., August 8, 2014 Updated 04:10 p.m.
New budget projections from the Kansas Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff show a state budget shortfall developing by July 2016. The projections released Friday by the Legislative Research Department also show a lower figure for the state’s cash reserves on June 30 than Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration reported last month.
U.S. airstrikes attempt to curb Islamic State militants
August 8, 2014
Thousands of displaced Iraqis fled their camp in the face of advancing fighters of the Islamic State group, deepening the humanitarian crisis in the north of the country as the United States carried out its first airstrikes against the militants to blunt their assault.
Dylan Admire leaves KU football program to focus on academics
August 8, 2014
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis announced through a press release Friday that junior Dylan Admire would forego his final two years of eligibility to concentrate on academics.
Lawrence school board to hear report on student wellness; set to vote on budget
August 8, 2014
One of the goals of the Lawrence school board is to enhance “student wellness” with counseling and mental health services across the district. On Monday, the board will hear a report from district staff on how that effort is going. By Scott Rothschild
Board of Healing Arts member denies leaking Milton Wolf stories
August 8, 2014
Ann Hodgdon, a member of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, issued a letter denying that she was the source of news reports about former U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf posting graphic x-ray images of gunshot victims on a Facebook page. Wolf, who had accused Hodgdon of leaking stories to the Topeka Capital-Journal, narrowly lost the Republican primary to incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts. By Peter Hancock
Topeka man charged with murder held on $1 million bond in Douglas County
12:29 p.m., August 8, 2014 Updated 04:05 p.m.
A 29-year-old Topeka man was booked Thursday into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in connection with a March homicide in Lawrence.
Attorney General to appeal Carr brothers, Gleason death penalty rulings
August 8, 2014
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he’ll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review last month’s decision by the Kansas Supreme Court to vacate the death sentences of Jonathan and Reginald Carr. The Carr brothers were killing five people during a brutal crime spree in Wichita. By Peter Hancock
Inmate sues Kansas jail over religious rights
August 8, 2014
A Kansas inmate is suing the Shawnee County Jail saying his religious rights were violated while he was incarcerated.
Lawrence police locate owner of car in connection with homicide suspect
09:22 a.m., August 8, 2014 Updated 03:19 p.m.
Lawrence police are asking for help in their investigation of the apparent homicide of Christine Kaplan, whose body was discovered July 26 at her home in the 1100 block of New York Street. Investigators are looking for anyone who may have spoken with or given a ride to Angelica Kulp, a suspect in the case, over the past several weeks, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, police department spokesman. Kulp is in the Shawnee County Jail on an unrelated charge. Police say Kulp will be brought to Douglas County to face charges of first-degree murder after her Shawnee County case is resolved.
Today in Lawrence: Fair fun, ConfabuLarryum, rummage sale
August 8, 2014
Today in Lawrence: Fair fun, treasure hunting at rummage sale and creative festival for your weekend!
Woodland shoots 1-over on Day One of PGA
August 8, 2014
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot 1-over 72 during Thursday’s opening round of the PGA Championship.
Kansas rowing hires aide
August 8, 2014
Kelsey Arnold, who spent the past three years as an assistant rowing coach at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, has joined Kansas University’s rowing staff.
KU volleyball nets honors
August 8, 2014
Incoming Kansas University setter Ainise Havili was named Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year.
Chiefs’ victory feels familiar
August 8, 2014
The Kansas City Chiefs rolled to the playoffs last season thanks largely to an opportunistic defense and an explosive special-teams unit that accounted for nearly a touchdown a game. Evidently, nothing has changed this preseason.
Column: Montell Cozart right fit at QB for KU
August 8, 2014
If the Kansas University football team had the Hogs, the famous line of the 1980’s fielded by the Washington Pigskins, then Jake Heaps might have emerged from the spring as the starting quarterback. By Tom Keegan
Andrew Wiggins trade done deal
August 8, 2014
The long-rumored trade of Andrew Wiggins from the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers to the Minnesota Timberwolves was confirmed by Yahoo Sports and USA Today on Thursday. “I think this is kind of anticlimactic,” Kansas University coach Bill Self said with a laugh Thursday on ESPN radio’s “SVP and Russillo” show. By Gary Bedore
Quite a catch: Kansas lands veteran WR
August 8, 2014
Kansas University’s wide-receiver corps added 24 Div. I appearances, 575 career yards and five touchdowns to the mix on Thursday. By Matt Tait
40 years ago: Housing construction lagging in Lawrence
August 8, 2014
Only 79 houses had been built so far this year, compared to 112 at this time the previous year.
100 years ago: Auto burns on ‘Big Hill’ between Lawrence and Baldwin
August 8, 2014
“This car has made numerous trips to Lawrence and it is usually known when the car is here for its driver makes a continual noise with the loud horn….”
Guthrie propels Royals
August 8, 2014
Through three innings Thursday night, Jeremy Guthrie looked shaky. After that, he was perfect. Guthrie retired the final 19 batters in Kansas City’s first complete game of the season, and the Royals beat Arizona, 6-2, for a three-game interleague sweep of the Diamondbacks.
Letter: Local poverty
August 8, 2014
Poverty is definitely of extreme importance in Douglas County. I know there are people who give generously to almost every cause — people are the best “cause” to give to. The wealthy really do not need two or three boats, a couple of houses, brand new cars, eating out most every night of the week. The rest of us would just like a fair “living wage,” one where we would not have to work at minimum wage 50-70 hours a week. We would like to spend time with our families, and many of us have never had the opportunity for a pension of any sort and are trying to live on fixed incomes, which is impossible without some help.
Letter: Jail, mental illness
August 8, 2014
The Journal-World has run several articles in the past few years about the problems and expense of housing mentally ill inmates in jails. The most recent (“Douglas County considers jail expansion,” Aug. 4) notes the large proportion of inmates with mental illness and the strain and staff time required to monitor this population. Their health care needs often are not adequately addressed.
Editorial: Volunteer value
Volunteering is a valuable experience for both students and the agencies they serve.
August 8, 2014
There’s more than one way for young people to get some valuable work experience. Local teens sometimes have a difficult time finding a summer job, but there’s almost always room for some energetic young volunteers.
Opinion: Nixon fascinating, not endearing
August 8, 2014
On the occasion of this week’s 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation from the presidency, The Washington Post sponsored a reunion featuring Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Watergate reporters who “brought down” the 37th president.
25 years ago: Traffic lights at 31st and Iowa to be adjusted for safety, efficiency
August 8, 2014
The Traffic Safety Commission also accepted a recommendation to change the length of the cycle on the signal lights to 60 seconds.
Letter: Planning changes
August 8, 2014
I am confused about a couple of things regarding the denial of the shopping center proposal on South Iowa. An attorney representing the developers of the Mercato shopping center spoke against the proposal and her main point was that the new shopping center would go outside of the comprehensive plan for the city.