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Healthy Outlook: Make the most of the little free time you get

After a short-term schedule change, you can call me a morning empathizer. Suffice to say I had forgotten how hectic and chaotic the typical 9-to-5 workday is. Consider my cognizance reborn. Most of my time on the clock is spent at the copy desk each week. I come in with the rest of the copy ...

City leaders discuss prospect of merging city and county government

In the midst of budget discussions for the City of Lawrence and Douglas County, some city leaders are asking whether the two governments should become one. Commissioner Leslie Soden raised the topic at the City Commission’s meeting Tuesday, during a discussion of the city’s long-term ...

Work underway to make old lumberyard into brewery, pizza place

All Lawrence is missing is a Tom T. Hall statue, and an order proclaiming his song “I Like Beer” as the town’s anthem. (If you aren’t a 1970s country music fan, you are missing out on Hall — and belt buckles that double as dinner plates.) All this is to say that Lawrence, indeed, is ...

Reconstruction, road closures on East Ninth Street begin this week

Reconstruction of a 5-block stretch of East Ninth Street will begin Monday, and the city has announced the first street closures related to the project. The approximately $2 million project will be completed in four phases over the span of approximately four months. The project will replace ...

Increase in inmate cell time adds to stress at county jail

Overcrowding is giving inmates less time to take advantage of the already limited exercise opportunities at the Douglas County Jail, Undersheriff Gary Bunting says. The number of inmates in all classifications of male maximum-, medium- and minimum-security continues to exceed cells available ...

Douglas County 4-H Dog Show unofficially gets 2018 fair underway

Tristen Kapelle came to Saturday’s Douglas County 4-H Dog Show with one goal in mind. “I’m here to win,” the 13-year-old Palmyra 4-H Club member said. Two hours later, Tristen and his Australian blue heeler Tripp left the show with the best-in-show Mary Berg Award for showmanship. ...

Leavenworth County Fair returns this week

Whether it’s the plentiful 4-H, FFA and open exhibits, the carnival rides or the fried food goodness, a Tonganoxie tradition dating back more than 90 years is almost here. The Leavenworth County Fair, which dates back to 1926, starts Tuesday. This year’s fair theme is “Fun for the ...

Liberal icon, new Democratic star wade into GOP-heavy Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place Friday, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district. "We know that ...

Kansas illness linked to Hy-Vee pasta salad salmonella outbreak

The grocery store chain Hy-Vee Inc. recalled its store-brand spring pasta salad earlier this week after 20 people got salmonella in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Health officials found another case on Friday, in Kansas. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has ...

Trump to address VFW national convention next week in Kansas City

President Donald Trump will visit Kansas City, Mo., next week to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention. The event, which runs Saturday through Wednesday at the Kansas City Convention Center, is expected to draw thousands of VFW members to the area. Trump’s speech, on ...

Kansas job growth now exceeding national average

TOPEKA — After several years of lagging behind the national average, job growth in Kansas outpaced the nation in June, posting a 1.8 percent increase in jobs compared with a year ago, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday. Overall, the Kansas economy added 24,800 jobs over the year, ...

Kansas delays launch of new license plates

WICHITA — Kansas officials have delayed the launch date for the state's new vehicle plates. State officials said Friday that the original Aug. 1 launch date for the license plates has been delayed until Aug. 15 because of issues in the new digital processing equipment. Wichita's Center ...

Death toll from Branson duck boat accident climbs to 17

Story last updated at 12:45 p.m. Friday, July 20. BRANSON, Mo. — Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the tourist town of Branson, authorities said. Investigators ...

Officials hope to rebrand Kansas as not just a ‘flyover state’

TOPEKA - The state of Kansas is about to launch a new marketing campaign aimed at rebranding the state as not just one that people pass by on their way to somewhere else, but one that can attract high-tech manufacturing, aviation and agribusiness companies. Gov. Jeff Colyer and other state ...