Archive for Monday, March 10, 2014

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Wichita State Shockers fans living in Lawrence may be outnumbered by Kansas Jayhawks fans, but that doesn't mean they're afraid to show their support. KU student Corbin Mihelic is happy to support both teams and looks forward to March Madness. It’s tough being a Wichita State fan in Jayhawk Nation
March 10, 2014
While Wichita State Shockers fans say they get pretty good treatment in Lawrence overall, that may be, in part, because Jayhawk Nation isn’t ready to give them their due. So they have chips on their shoulders, ready with a response for anyone who brings up the Wichita State’s mid-major status or lesser Ratings Percentage Index, or RPI. By Giles Bruce
9:24 a.m.
On a dried-up lake bed, wild sunflowers frame a heron and a family boating on Clinton Lake Monday. The Kansas Water Office has estimated that John Redmond Reservoir, a federal reservoir near Burlington, will be at only 5 percent of its capacity by Nov. 1 if no rain falls in the interim. Lakes near Lawrence are faring better. Both Clinton and Perry lakes are expected to be at about 80 percent of their normal capacity by Nov. 1. Long-term water needs will require flow of money, officials say
March 10, 2014
A yearlong effort to plan for the future of water in Kansas is hitting a watershed discussion: Money. By Scott Rothschild
11:14 a.m.
Hannah Myrick Anderson visits some of the patients she treated in Zaatari's reproductive health clinic. KU med student recounts visit to Syrian refugee camp in The Atlantic
March 9, 2014
Outside a trio of portable metal buildings just off the crowded main street of Zaatari, Jordan, dozens of women lined up each day to receive contraceptives, breastfeeding consultations and, often, to give birth.
1:11 p.m.
The Social Media Club of Lawrence meets at the Mirth Cafe, 745 N.H. Higher ed social media policy rewrite gets warm reception from faculty and staff
March 10, 2014
Faculty and staff at Kansas universities are weighing in on the draft of a rewritten and repurposed social media policy that will go before the Kansas Board of Regents in April. The group’s proposal represents a significant shift from the regents current policy, which allows university CEOs to suspend or fire employees for improper social media use. The revision dispenses with the disciplinary function and language of the original and instead takes an advisory role on responsible social media use.By Ben Unglesbee
3:48 p.m.
In press conference Friday, from left Senator Susan Wagle, President of the Senate and Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Jeff King, Senate Vice President, look through the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling. The lawsuit asserted lack of adequate funding for education in the state was unconstitutional. Kansas House speaker sends lawmakers to work on school finance
2:00 p.m., March 10, 2014 Updated 2:39 p.m.
Kansas legislators are starting work on school funding issues after a state Supreme Court ruling, and Attorney General Derek Schmidt is telling them they have many options. The Associated Press
6:24 p.m.
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little speaks with state Sen. Tom Arpke, R-Salina in February. In the center is state Sen. Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City. State senator cuts $2 million proposal for research at KU; fellow lawmaker suggests removal is a vendetta
March 10, 2014
A Senate budget subcommittee Monday deleted $2 million for a proposed institute at Kansas University to develop new technologies and drugs in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies. By Scott Rothschild

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New websites coming to Lawrence schools
March 10, 2014
The Lawrence school district hopes to have an entirely new website launched by July 1, offering more personalized services for students and their parents, as well as mobile applications and social media integration. The web hosting contract, which will be partially funded with federal e-rate money, will cost the district $26,337. By Peter Hancock
Joel Embiid ruled out for Big 12 Tournament
Kansas center, who suffered a stress fracture in his back, unlikely to play first weekend of NCAAs
08:25 p.m., March 10, 2014 Updated 12:25 a.m.
Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid, who has a stress fracture in his lower back, will miss the upcoming Big 12 basketball tournament and is a “longshot” to play the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, coach Bill Self said Monday night. By Gary Bedore
State senator cuts $2 million proposal for research at KU; fellow lawmaker suggests removal is a vendetta
March 10, 2014
A Senate budget subcommittee Monday deleted $2 million for a proposed institute at Kansas University to develop new technologies and drugs in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies. By Scott Rothschild
Scruffy’ Lawrence rescue dog represents state in national project
March 10, 2014
Really scruffy looking. Pretty adorable. A little emotional baggage. Age unknown. Likes to hang out in the laundry basket. That’s Lawrence resident Jenna Lyons’ dog, Tilly, representing Kansas in a Purina-sponsored documentary project called “Why We Rescue.” By Sara Shepherd
Obamacare is ‘actuarially unsound,’ Jenkins argues in Baldwin City
March 10, 2014
Lawrence Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins said Monday in Baldwin City that Obamacare was “actuarially unsound” and vowed Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature legislation would continue.
Judge overturns board’s revocation of doctor’s license
March 10, 2014
A Kansas judge has overturned the state medical board’s revocation of a doctor’s license over her referrals of young patients for late-term abortions.
Judge sides with Kansas doctor in abortion case
March 10, 2014
A Kansas judge has overturned the state medical board’s revocation of a doctor’s license over her referrals of young patients for late-term abortions. Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis ruled that State Board of Healing Arts failed to show that mental health exams provided by Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus in 2003 were inadequate. In a ruling that became public Monday, the judge ordered the board to reconsider its sanctions.
Ninth Street corridor proposal is finalist for national arts grant
March 10, 2014
The Lawrence Arts Center is, for the second year, a finalist for a major national grant that would fund a so-called creative placemaking project in Lawrence. The Arts Center announced Monday that its $500,000 proposal — “Free State Connection: The 9th Street Corridor Project” — was among 97 finalists for this year’s ArtPlace America grants. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence Police identify dead man found Saturday by Kansas River
March 10, 2014
The Lawrence Police Department has identified the dead man found Saturday along the south bank of the Kansas River.
Kansas House speaker sends lawmakers to work on school finance
02:00 p.m., March 10, 2014 Updated 02:39 p.m.
Kansas legislators are starting work on school funding issues after a state Supreme Court ruling, and Attorney General Derek Schmidt is telling them they have many options. The Associated Press
Police: Lawrence man arrested after stabbing friend near Burcham Park
March 10, 2014
A 51-year-old Lawrence man was arrested early Monday morning after confessing to stabbing a friend near Burcham Park on Sunday night, according to Lawrence police.
Johnson County legislators push $2 million pilot project to get more IT workers
March 10, 2014
A group of Johnson County legislators Monday started pushing a plan to allocate $2 million in state funds for a pilot program in which students would work on degrees at Johnson County Community College in informational technology or biosciences while in high school. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder; investigators searching for additional suspects in Saturday homicide
12:06 p.m., March 10, 2014 Updated 12:31 p.m.
A Lawrence man arrested Saturday has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man at his apartment. Dustin D. Walker, 29, was charged today in Douglas County District Court for the death of Lawrence resident Patrick Roberts, 39. Walker is being held in Douglas County Jail on a $1 million bond, according to the District Attorney’s Office. By Nikki Wentling
Stem Cell Center advancing treatments, officials say
March 10, 2014
Eight months after the establishment of the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center at Kansas University Medical Center, the center is conducting clinical trials and advancing treatments for numerous diseases, KU officials said Monday. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in Saturday homicide
10:52 a.m., March 10, 2014 Updated 10:52 a.m.
A Lawrence man arrested Saturday has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man at his apartment.
Big 12 Teleconference notes: Embiid’s family asked for second opinion from back specialist
Self says KU happy to comply and that’s why 7-footer is in Los Angeles
March 10, 2014
Joel Embiid is in Los Angeles today receiving a second opinion on his aching back
Many victims of domestic violence not getting help they need, report says
March 10, 2014
Many victims of domestic violence nationally and in Kansas aren’t able to get the help they need because of decreased resources, according to a report released Monday. By Scott Rothschild
KU business school offers new graduate certificates
March 10, 2014
The Kansas University School of Business will offer new graduate certificates in areas of business specialization through the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The certificates are meant either to add an area of focus to an MBA degree or to stand alone as a graduate credential.
Today in Lawrence: Dr. Dog, Obamacare forum, high of 73
March 10, 2014
“Freedom Riders” at the Dole Institute, the Affordable Care Act at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Dr. Dog at Liberty Hall. Plus the rest of today’s essential and not-so-essential.
Opinion: Democrats politicize the IRS
March 10, 2014
What’s been said of confession — that it is good for one’s soul but bad for one’s reputation — can also be true of testifying to Congress, so Lois Lerner has chosen to stay silent. Hers, however, is an eloquent silence.
Business briefcase March 10
March 10, 2014
Grant Ryan has been hired by Sunflower Bank as a senior vice president and commercial relationship manager, the bank announced.
Higher ed social media policy rewrite gets warm reception from faculty and staff
March 10, 2014
Faculty and staff at Kansas universities are weighing in on the draft of a rewritten and repurposed social media policy that will go before the Kansas Board of Regents in April. The group’s proposal represents a significant shift from the regents current policy, which allows university CEOs to suspend or fire employees for improper social media use. The revision dispenses with the disciplinary function and language of the original and instead takes an advisory role on responsible social media use.By Ben Unglesbee
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 9
March 10, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, March 9.
Long-term water needs will require flow of money, officials say
March 10, 2014
A yearlong effort to plan for the future of water in Kansas is hitting a watershed discussion: Money. By Scott Rothschild
25 years ago: Investigators keeping mum on identity of skeleton found in field
March 10, 2014
A survey crew working for a pipeline company had come upon the remains.
40 years ago: KU fans create ‘perhaps the loudest din ever’ as Jayhawks defeat Wildcats at Allen Fieldhouse
March 10, 2014
Contrary to earlier rumors, no streakers had appeared as an unscheduled part of the game.
It’s tough being a Wichita State fan in Jayhawk Nation
March 10, 2014
While Wichita State Shockers fans say they get pretty good treatment in Lawrence overall, that may be, in part, because Jayhawk Nation isn’t ready to give them their due. So they have chips on their shoulders, ready with a response for anyone who brings up the Wichita State’s mid-major status or lesser Ratings Percentage Index, or RPI. By Giles Bruce
100 years ago: Lawrence votes today on ‘the water question’
March 10, 2014
“The water question is one of the biggest issues that has been before the people in years and a big vote is expected on the question.”
How to help: Volunteer opportunities
March 10, 2014
These local agencies are looking for volunteers.
Editorial: Voting rights
A bill that limits party-switching in Kansas also could limit voters’ right to support their chosen candidates.
March 10, 2014
A bill that would create new limits on when Kansas voters could change their party affiliations is another example of state legislators trying to correct a problem that probably doesn’t exist or at least not to an extent that justifies legislative action.
Bankruptcies for March 10
March 10, 2014
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces for March 10
March 10, 2014
Divorces granted in Douglas County this week.
Marriages for March 10
March 10, 2014
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County this week.
Opinion: Police are key to Mexican drug war
March 10, 2014
The recent capture of the world’s biggest drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was heralded across the world as a major triumph over the drug cartels, but the fact that it was carried out by the Mexican navy — rather than by police forces — should make us skeptical about its significance.
Capitol Report: Navigators, kindergarten
March 10, 2014
A bill requiring health insurance navigators under the Affordable Care Act to register and comply with numerous mandates is now headed to the full Senate.