Archive for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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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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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.