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Douglas County district attorney writes congressman over concern about NCAA Tournament ticket lottery email
March 18, 2014
An email sent by U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp offering a chance at winning NCAA Basketball Tournament tickets in exchange for campaign contributions was a felony violation, according to Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson.
Work to build trafficway through Baker Wetlands to begin this week
March 18, 2014
Construction work on the wetland portion of the $130 million roadway will begin by the end of this week, officials with the Kansas Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. By Chad Lawhorn
Douglas County commissioners to discuss agritourism recommendations Wednesday
March 18, 2014
The Douglas County Commission will once again take on the topic of revising zoning codes for agritourism businesses at its weekly meeting Wednesday.
Preliminary hearing scheduled for Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in March shooting
March 18, 2014
The 29-year-old Lawrence man accused of shooting another man to death at his apartment earlier this month returned to court Tuesday to schedule a May preliminary hearing.
Cindy Hensley McCain to speak at Dole Institute
March 18, 2014
Cindy Hensley McCain, chair of Hensley & Company and wife of senator and former presidential candidate John McCain, will speak at the Dole Institute of Politics at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. The event is free and open to the public.
Twins need $60,000 more for brain surgery as KanCare, ACA fall through
March 18, 2014
Blake and Lance Tranckino’s birthday, April 30, is approaching quickly, and a required reconstructive brain surgery must happen before they turn a year old.
Kansas attorney general urges lawmakers to heed Supreme Court ruling
March 18, 2014
Attorney General Derek Schmidt told the House budget committee today that the easiest way to resolve two of the issues in the recent Supreme Court school finance ruling is to restore full funding for “equalization aid” for poor school districts. But some Republicans expressed concern that doing so would only result in local property tax relief, not in more funding for schools. By Peter Hancock
Douglas County issues blanket burn ban for upcoming month
March 18, 2014
Douglas County issued a burn ban today that will stay in place for the next month, yet still allow some opportunity for burning pasture at safe times. Prompted by an unusually high number of out-of-control grass fires in recent weeks, the ban is unlike any the county has ever issued. By Sara Shepherd
Rhetoric heats up over KU as Senate committee approves plan that deletes some funding proposals for the school
March 18, 2014
Republicans on the Senate budget-writing committee on Tuesday approved a higher education spending plan that Democrats said will hurt Kansas University. Republicans denied the accusation. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas attorney general outlines school finance ruling
March 18, 2014
ansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the level of additional judicial scrutiny of public school funding depends largely on how legislators respond to the recent court ruling.
Lawrence woman arrested after reported stabbing early Tuesday morning
March 18, 2014
Lawrence police arrested a 22-year-old Lawrence woman on suspicion of aggravated battery after she allegedly stabbed a man, and herself, during a domestic dispute that turned violent early Tuesday morning.
Regents Chairman Logan: All lawmakers can support higher ed
March 18, 2014
About two dozen legislators representing a wide spectrum of political positions met Tuesday to form a caucus aimed at advancing higher education.
Today in Lawrence: Corned beef mulligan, Calvin Love
March 18, 2014
Corned beef and cabbage at Wheatfields, highs in the 60s and Calvin Love at the Replay Lounge.
Moustakas, Royals cruise
March 18, 2014
Mike Moustakas went 3-for-3, and Yordano Ventura struck out six in six dominant innings, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 6-0 on Monday night.
Two Firebirds on all-league girls basketball team
March 18, 2014
Free State High’s two leading scorers on the girls basketball team, senior Scout Wiebe and freshman Madison Piper, earned first-team All-Sunflower League honors.
Study: Eight teams fail to meet standard; KU perfect
March 18, 2014
An annual study of the schools in the men’s NCAA tournament shows a slight increase in teams that fall below graduation rate standards. Kansas University’s team is the only squad in the field of 68 to have a perfect APR and graduation rate.
Nobel-winning economist to talk about the meeting of markets and morals
March 18, 2014
Nobel Prize-winning economist Alvin Roth, a distinguished professor of economics at Stanford University and a distinguished professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, will speak at the Lied Center April 1. Roth’s work looks at creating stable systems of exchange, often in areas where society’s moral repugnance makes pricing difficult. By Ben Unglesbee
25 years ago: Man hospitalized after entering burning building
March 18, 2014
He had run into a burning house to see if anyone was trapped inside.
40 years ago: KU’s Watkins Hospital moves to new building
March 18, 2014
The old hospital was to become the home of the School of Social Welfare.
100 years ago: Local boys appear in juvenile court for chicken stealing
March 18, 2014
“They took the poultry to a butcher shop and attempted to make a deal with the butcherman. However, the police ended negotiations….”
Education officials ponder application of Rose standards in school finance case
March 18, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court set out a new standard recently for determining whether the state has met its obligation to provide adequate funding for public schools. But it has left some education officials in the state curious about how the new standard will actually work in deciding how much money schools should get. By Peter Hancock
Regents looking to tighten policies on financing improvement projects
March 18, 2014
With the amount of bond debt at Kansas public universities increasing, the Kansas Board of Regents is working on tightening policies when it assesses the financing of capital improvement projects.
Editorial: Kansas basketball
Kansans can be excused for being a little basketball crazy this week as three Kansas teams head to the NCAA Tournament.
March 18, 2014
Kansas certainly is making a statement as a big player in the college basketball scene.
Your turn: Males, females can succeed together
March 18, 2014
In the article written by Wes Crenshaw and Kendra Schwartz (“Why a generation of boys is failing in school and life,” J-W, March 11), I noticed a somewhat saddening sentiment expressed in Schwartz’s reply to the topic. In her own words, “As a self-proclaimed feminist, I see no harm in girls outperforming boys …” I wanted to address this statement in order to both provide the perspective of a young man and elucidate a school of thought among some feminists that I believe may prove harmful in allowing both genders to flourish.
Opinion: Humanitarian strategy needed in Syria
March 18, 2014
The Russian invasion of Ukraine should finally end the administration’s fantasy that Moscow will help stop the war in Syria.
A day in the life of chemo: Variety of resources now available for cancer victims in need
March 18, 2014
A cancer diagnosis can be a trying time for any patient and their family. In Lawrence, the local oncology center has social workers on staff to help them through treatment. By Giles Bruce
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 17
March 18, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, March 17.
A day in the life of chemo: Positivity is medicine, too
March 18, 2014
About to start chemotherapy the other day, Michael Meyer was in a joking mood. “It’s been a treat,” he said, when asked how chemo has been going so far. That lighthearted spirit has helped Meyer get through a challenging time recently. By Giles Bruce
Mental health in Lawrence to be discussed at public meeting
March 18, 2014
Mental health in Lawrence will be the topic of discussion at a Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters meeting later this week. All are welcome to attend.
Double Take: How do I come out to my conservative parents?
March 18, 2014
I heard your radio show last year about how different things are for gay teens now, and I mostly agree, but some of us have older more traditional parents, or live in a small town.