Archive for Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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12:13 a.m.
Lawrence resident Diane McFarland browses the wine selection at Myers Retail Liquor, 902 W. 23rd Street, Friday, June 9, 2010. Lawrence liquor store owners oppose push for groceries to sell more alcohol
February 25, 2014
Liquor store owners in Lawrence and elsewhere across the state are worried that House Bill 2556, which had a hearing before the House Commerce Committee last week, could put them out of business and hurt the state’s economy by transferring profits to out-of-state corporations. By Giles Bruce
12:16 p.m.
Work continues on the Rock Chalk Park sports complex near Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. The track and field stadium, far left, is the furthest along, with a projected opening set for spring 2014. The concrete pad for the city's eight-gym recreation center, top center, also has been poured. The center is expected to open in  summer 2014.  The concrete pads along the right edge of the photo are parking lots to serve the entire complex. In the center of the site are a soccer field and a softball stadium for Kansas University. 
City hires engineering firm to help settle lighting dispute at Rock Chalk Park
February 24, 2014
The city is planing to spend about $2,500 to hire an engineering firm to examine whether a series of 100-foot light poles at the northwest Lawrence sports complex will unduly cause light to shine onto adjacent properties. Whether the new engineering study will settle the dispute with nearby homeowner Jack Graham is still unclear.
2:31 p.m.
Donnie Young looks over a wastewater lagoon on the dairy farm he is part-owner of near Ulysses in this 2006 photo. Faced with a declining water table in the Ogallala Aquifer, water is reused in six different processes at the dairy before finally being used to irrigate crops. Aquifers declined in 2013, but at slower rate than in recent years
February 24, 2014
Water tables continued to fall in much of western Kansas last year, but at a more modest rate than in the previous three years. Geologists say above-average rainfall in some areas allowed farmers to irrigate less. By Peter Hancock
4:39 p.m.
A demonstrator flies a pride flag during a rally for equality on the south side of the Kansas statehouse, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The rally was organized by Equality Kansas and the American Civil Liberties Union. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo Gay-rights advocates rally at Kansas Statehouse; efforts underway to revive alternative bill
3:15 p.m., February 25, 2014 Updated 5:20 p.m.
As protestors rallied Tuesday outside the Capitol to bury a bill that they said would have provided legal protection for discrimination against gays, a Christian group sought to revive an alternative. “We are not seeking to discriminate against anyone,” said Robert Noland, executive director of the Kansas Family Planning Council Action. By Scott Rothschild

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