Archive for Friday, February 19, 2016

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12:18 a.m.
Emelyse Schmidt, 3, of Lawrence, is shown "being very coy" in July of 2015, her mother Valkyrie Schmidt said. This was before a routine operation on Jan. 22 that left Emelyse very ill. Marijuana refugees’: Lawrence family hopes to move to Colorado to save daughter
February 18, 2016
A Lawrence family is begrudgingly planning a move to Colorado in hopes of finding a medical treatment for its youngest member. Valkyrie and Mitch Schmidt believe cannabis oil may be the last hope for their daughter, Emelyse, age 3.
9:10 a.m.
Light traffic moves around the "Kasold Curve" where Kasold Drive turns into 31st Street, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 in southwest Lawrence. East 1200 Road, a small county road just to the south of the curve, would no longer connect with Kansas Highway 10 under a new plan from the Kansas Department of Transportation. 

KDOT plans public forum after residents speak out against closure of K-10 intersection
February 18, 2016
After about 20 people spoke Thursday against an idea to close the intersection of Kansas Highway 10 and East 1200 Road/Kasold Drive, a Kansas Department of Transportation official decided to hold a public forum on the issue before there’s a final decision.
10:13 a.m.
This file photo shows the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Lawrence on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. ACLU, including Lawrence plaintiff, sues Kansas over citizenship documents law for voting
10:13 a.m., February 18, 2016 Updated 4:53 p.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a Kansas law requiring proof of citizenship when people register to vote at state motor vehicle offices.
12:20 p.m.
Town Talk
An update on Spin Pizza and other development near Sixth Street Wal-Mart; answers about that big pile of dirt near 31st and Louisiana
Posted February 19, 2016
I have news about big piles of dirt around town. (Dig safe. Call 811 before you dig. A big pile of dirt in my backyard, ...
2:01 p.m.
Westar and WOW personnel survey the damage on Iowa Street just north of 27th Street, where a vehicle crashed through a utility pole, snapping it in half and causing loss of power on sections of the east side of Iowa Street Friday afternoon. Driver inattention suspected in crash that shut down part of Iowa Street for two hours
1:23 p.m., February 19, 2016 Updated 5:17 p.m.
Several blocks of one of Lawrence’s main thoroughfares were shut down Friday after a car crashed into a power pole.
6:21 p.m.
Delores Kaczor, of Lawrence, left, buys groceries Wednesday at Checkers, 2300 Louisiana, as cashier Betty Grems, tallies the total. Kansans pay more sales tax on groceries than everyone in the country except residents of Mississippi. Proposed amendment would end Kansas grocery sales tax
9:51 a.m., February 19, 2016 Updated 11:03 a.m.
Kansas lawmakers are discussing a proposed constitutional amendment that would gradually eliminate the state’s sales tax on groceries, along with a bill that would reduce the sales tax and end a sales-tax exemption for businesses.
8:00 p.m.
Town Talk
An update on Spin Pizza and other development near Sixth Street Wal-Mart; answers about that big pile of dirt near 31st and Louisiana
Posted February 19, 2016
I have news about big piles of dirt around town. (Dig safe. Call 811 before you dig. A big pile of dirt in my backyard, ...

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Editorial: Efficiency?
A consulting group has come up with some ways for Kansas government to “save” money, but many of them have nothing to do with efficiency.
February 19, 2016
Did the state of Kansas get its money’s worth from a $2.6 million “efficiency” study conducted by a private consulting firm?