Archive for Friday, November 27, 2015

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12:01 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. Kobach, public await actions by two courts on proof of citizenship law
November 27, 2015
Two separate courts are expected to act soon on lawsuits challenging a controversial state law requiring new voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote. Since the law took effect in 2013, more than 32,000 Kansans have had their registrations placed “in suspense” because they failed to provide the required citizenship proof. By Peter Hancock
11:52 a.m.
A semi truck lies on its side near the east Lawrence turnpike exchange Friday morning, Nov. 27, 2015. Several wrecks were reported in the area as freezing rain moved through the area. Multiple accidents on I-70 near Lawrence blamed on icy conditions
9:57 a.m., November 27, 2015 Updated 6:43 p.m.
There have been multiple accidents on I-70 just east of Lawrence, according to the Kansas Turnpike authority.
1:13 p.m.
Santa waves to the crowd after being rescued from the top of Weaver’s Department store by the a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire-Medical Department ladder truck Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Lawrencians celebrated the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the downtown Christmas decorative lights. Annual downtown holiday lighting ceremony canceled; Santa rescue rescheduled
12:00 a.m., November 27, 2015 Updated 1:02 p.m.
The holiday season will officially kick off in Lawrence on Friday evening, when about 60,000 light bulbs are switched on, illuminating downtown in the colors of Christmas. But the annual lighting ceremony has been canceled and the accompanying Santa rescue has been rescheduled, said Sally Zogry, director of Downtown Lawrence Inc.
6:00 p.m.
In this Oct. 26, 2011, file photo, forester Jeff Wiegert of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, points out the markings left from emerald ash borer larvae on an ash tree in Saugerties, N.Y., at the Esopus Bend Nature Preserve. City Commission to receive briefing on attack plan for emerald ash borer infestation
November 27, 2015
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department will take to the City Commission on Tuesday a proposed plan for dealing with the anticipated emerald ash borer infestation — a scourge that is likely to cause the death of thousands of ash trees and cost the city millions over the next decade.

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Editorial: Key transition
Transitions in several key leadership jobs offer challenges, as well as opportunities, for Lawrence.
November 27, 2015
The resignation of Lawrence School Superintendent Rick Doll creates a vacancy in another key leadership role in the community.