Archive for Thursday, May 21, 2015

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12:26 a.m.
In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach presides over the Kansas House while new members are sworn in during the opening day of the Kansas legislature in Topeka, Kan. Kansas House advances bill giving Kobach power to prosecute election crimes
2:20 p.m., May 20, 2015 Updated 10:48 p.m.
The bill, which has already passed the Senate, would give the secretary of state independent authority to prosecute election crimes. It also increases the penalties for those crimes and lowers the standard of proof for a conviction. By Peter Hancock
9:23 a.m.
Kansas University law professor Lawrence "Larry" Velvel stands in front of the KU law school at old Green Hall, which today is known as Lippincott Hall. KU Art and Design Building named for former Chancellor Chalmers
7:53 p.m., May 20, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
The Kansas University Art and Design Building — dedicated in 1978, and generically called since — now has a name. And, all former KU chancellors now have buildings named in their honor. The Art and Design Building, 1467 Jayhawk Blvd., will be named for former KU Chancellor E. Laurence “Larry” Chalmers, who led KU from 1969 to 1972. By Sara Shepherd
2:16 p.m.
In this file photo from Oct. 22, 2011, Haskell Indian Nations University running back Brandon Beaton (11) runs the ball against the St. Francis College Saints. Haskell suspends football program, possibly others, to cut costs
2:01 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
In a move that stirred up emotions across campus, Haskell Indian Nations University on Thursday announced that it has suspended its football program for the 2015 season, citing a lack of funding as the main reason. By Matt Tait
5:00 p.m.
Democratic Sens. Tom Holland of Baldwin City and Marci Francisco of Lawrence confer on the Senate floor before a scheduled debate and vote on a $496 million tax bill. But Republican leaders called off the debate and rescheduled it for Wednesday of next week. Kansas Senate calls off tax debate
4:12 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
Senate GOP leaders postponed the debate until next week to give members more time to draft proposed amendments. Both the House and Senate are now expected to debate tax bills next week, after they return from an extended four-day Memorial Day weekend. By Peter Hancock

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Editorial: Key hire
The Lawrence City Commission is facing a number of big issues but none more important than the selection of a new city manager.
May 21, 2015
Hiring a new city manager is a big responsibility, and Lawrence city commissioners are right to seek additional input and expertise in conducting their search.