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12:50 a.m.
Robert Walls, of Lawrence, before and after his weight loss surgery in 2008. At one point, Walls weighed as much as 962 pounds, but by 2014 he had managed to drop to 205 pounds. Lawrence man loses 750 pounds, hopes to inspire others
March 19, 2014
Over the past five-plus years, Robert Walls has shed more than 750 pounds, about the equivalent of four average-sized men. Now the Lawrence man wants to use his story to help others struggling with obesity. By Giles Bruce
11:12 a.m.
Quilter, historian and teacher Marla Jackson holds up the first quilt she ever created. Jackson operates a new gallery, textile academy and African-American museum in the Warehouse Arts District, and is dedicated to sharing her passions with others. Lawrence quilt museum added to national Underground Railroad program
March 19, 2014
Quilter Marla Jackson’s African American Museum and Textile Academy will be added to the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, network leaders decided this month. By Sara Shepherd
1:00 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 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
1:36 p.m.
The Kansas legislature has violated its constitutional duty to provide suitable funding for public schools, a three-judge panel ruled Jan. 11. The panel ordered the legislature to fund public schools at $4,492 per-pupil rather than the $3,838 per-pupil schools are currently receiving. School funding fix may get linked to teacher licensing, other policy changes
1:25 p.m., March 19, 2014 Updated 4:32 p.m.
The chairman of the Senate budget committee is seeking a single bill that ties money ordered by the Kansas Supreme Court with other policy changes sought by conservatives. Among those is a bill to loosen the standards for getting a teaching license in Kansas. By Peter Hancock

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County inches closer to agritourism solution
March 19, 2014
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners took a step closer to solving its zoning codes snafu for agritrourism Wednesday, when it received recommendations from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Kansas, Arizona prevail in voter citizenship suit
March 19, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship.
As Jayhawks arrive in St. Louis, injured Embiid still sidelined for practices, games
07:14 p.m., March 19, 2014 Updated 12:18 a.m.
Kansas University center Joel Embiid, who has a stress fracture in his back, hadn’t practiced and is expected to miss this weekend’s NCAA Tournament games, KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday as the Jayhawks arrived in St. Louis. By Gary Bedore
Brownback calls for full K-12 equalization funding
March 19, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback said today that lawmakers should fully comply with a Kansas Supreme Court order and restore full equalization funding for school districts’ Local Option Budgets and capital outlay budgets. But he left open the possibility of finding “efficiencies” in other parts of the K-12 education budget to pay the estimated $129 million cost. By Peter Hancock
Couple’s medical marijuana lobbying efforts find little support in Topeka
March 19, 2014
Before making a final decision on a move that will split their family, Kathy and Ryan Reed spent two days in January speaking to Kansas lawmakers about the prospect of allowing medical marijuana use in the state.
Lawrence couple turns to medical marijuana as lifeline for 2-year-old son
March 19, 2014
The lower-body cast that 2-year-old Otis Reed has worn since breaking his right femur Feb. 23 is decorated the red and blue of the Kansas Jayhawks, his mother’s alma mater. But now the couple’s Lawrence house is empty and on the market. The boy and his father, Ryan, will move to Colorado in May so Otis can begin medical marijuana treatments. By Elvyn Jones
Battle over renewable energy heating up
March 19, 2014
The fight over renewable energy in Kansas will likely intensify. State Sen. Pat Apple, R-Louisburg, and chairman of the Senate Utilities Committee, said Wednesday the committee will likely recommend approval of a bill to repeal the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard when it meets Thursday.
School funding fix may get linked to teacher licensing, other policy changes
01:25 p.m., March 19, 2014 Updated 04:32 p.m.
The chairman of the Senate budget committee is seeking a single bill that ties money ordered by the Kansas Supreme Court with other policy changes sought by conservatives. Among those is a bill to loosen the standards for getting a teaching license in Kansas. By Peter Hancock
New green stripe appears in downtown Tonganoxie
March 19, 2014
Another green stripe magically has appeared in downtown Tonganoxie.
Financial literacy bill approved by Kansas House
March 19, 2014
Kansas House members have approved a bill that would require public school students to receive instruction on personal financial literacy and how to give a professional handshake.
Kansas house bill on anonymous complaints about police hits big hurdle
March 19, 2014
A measure in the Kansas House that would eliminate anonymous complaints against police officers has run into stiff opposition by the NAACP and law enforcement agencies that say the bill would increase the public’s mistrust of police.
Kansas closer to raising limits on lawsuit damages
March 19, 2014
A Kansas House committee has endorsed legislation allowing higher monetary damages in personal injury lawsuits while revising the rules of evidence in such cases.
Kansas closer to raising limits on lawsuit damages
March 19, 2014
A Kansas House committee has endorsed legislation allowing higher monetary damages in personal injury lawsuits while revising the rules of evidence in such cases.
Self: ‘It’s been a fun year’ with young Jayhawk team
March 19, 2014
There are plenty of statistics available for those who wish to proclaim Kansas University’s basketball program the most dominant in the country during the entire 11-year Bill Self era. Perhaps most impressive is the fact the Jayhawks have won 10 consecutive regular-season Big 12 titles and 10 of 11 overall. Self’s first KU team placed second in the conference. By Gary Bedore
National title just latest success in Baker wrestler’s career
March 19, 2014
At each level of competition throughout his wrestling career, Bryce Shoemaker hasn’t needed long to rise to the top. Shoemaker, a Baker University freshman, proved that once again by winning the 133-pound weight class at the NAIA Championships on March 8 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. By Chris Duderstadt
Column: Crafting winning bracket as easy as 1-2-3
March 19, 2014
Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan has three steps to help you win your bracket contest.
KU freshmen: Big 12 tourney good prep for NCAAs
March 19, 2014
It lasted only a couple of days and ended two victories shy of expectations, but the recent Big 12 basketball tournament was a crucial experience for at least five players on Kansas University’s roster. Last week, freshmen Conner Frankamp, Brannen Greene, Frank Mason, Wayne Selden and Andrew Wiggins received their first taste of the win-or-go-home environment the Jayhawks will face this week in the NCAA Tournament. By Matt Tait
Roberts leads city boys on All-League rosters
12:00 a.m., March 19, 2014 Updated 03:50 p.m.
Lawrence High sophomore Justin Roberts was named the Sunflower League’s Sophomore of the Year and was the only non-senior to be recognized on the first-team All-League boys basketball team.
25 years ago: LHS wins state Scholars’ Bowl competition
March 19, 2014
The team had won out over 10 other teams from across the state.
40 years ago: New York Times publisher addresses KU audience
March 19, 2014
“Within our individual capacities, are we responsibly giving our readers a thorough, balanced presentation of the news? Are we doing our best to be honest and fair?”
Dorsey: Chiefs won’t dwell on decision by Sanders
March 19, 2014
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said Tuesday the controversial signing of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders by AFC West-rival Denver has been “put to bed” and that he’s focused on what he can do during the rest of free agency and the draft.
Editorial: Facing facts
Mistakes happen, but state legislators should place a high priority on basing their decisions on correct information.
March 19, 2014
Regardless of the ideological slant Kansas legislators bring to their work, state residents have a right to expect their lawmakers at least to get their facts straight.
Opinion: Kansans should reclaim power
March 19, 2014
It was reported this week that during a hearing on a proposed bill to ban judicial lobbying, Craig Gabel, from Kansans for Liberty, said that he was testifying on behalf of the “common citizens” of Kansas. When I read this, I immediately began to wonder about how the “common citizen” of Kansas actually gets heard in the Legislature. Indeed, I began to wonder whether the views of the ordinary Kansan are heard in Topeka anymore.
Today in Lawrence: Giant Candy Land, Irish whiskey tasting
March 19, 2014
A life-sized game of Candy Land at the Carnegie Building and Irish whiskey at La Parrilla.
Opinion: Stalin genocide spurs no nostalgia
March 19, 2014
While Vladimir Putin, Stalin’s spawn, ponders what to do with what remains of Ukraine, remember: Nine years before the January 1942 Wannsee Conference, at which the Nazis embarked on industrialized genocide, Stalin deliberately inflicted genocidal starvation on Ukraine.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 18
March 19, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, March 18.
Lawrence quilt museum added to national Underground Railroad program
March 19, 2014
Quilter Marla Jackson’s African American Museum and Textile Academy will be added to the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, network leaders decided this month. By Sara Shepherd
Bite Sighs: Scoop up snacks with gluten-free crackers
March 19, 2014
Since my kiddo is on a gluten-free diet, I’ve learned a few things about gluten-free shopping.
Sip up a barrel-aged Manhattan
March 19, 2014
One of the best parts of spring is gathering on a back porch with friends on warm evenings and enjoying a round of cocktails. For ease of both pouring and drinking, one of our new favorite drinks to enjoy in such fashion is a barrel-aged Manhattan.
Lawrence man loses 750 pounds, hopes to inspire others
March 19, 2014
Over the past five-plus years, Robert Walls has shed more than 750 pounds, about the equivalent of four average-sized men. Now the Lawrence man wants to use his story to help others struggling with obesity. By Giles Bruce
100 years ago: ‘Jamaica Ginger’ a violation of state prohibitory law, county attorney says
March 19, 2014
“‘Recently I have heard many complaints of men becoming intoxicated through the use of this sort of a medicine as a beverage,’ declared the attorney today.”
Big 12 honors KU softball’s Pille
March 19, 2014
Kansas University junior Alicia Pille was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.
KU baseball falls to New Mexico
12:00 a.m., March 19, 2014 Updated 12:00 a.m.
New Mexico scored six runs on seven hits off of Kansas University starter Drew Morovick, and the KU baseball team fell, 6-3, on Tuesday at Lobo Field.