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Kennedy Elementary closed today due to suspected gas leak

Kennedy Elementary School in eastern Lawrence is closed today due to a suspected gas leak, according to a district official. A staff member at Kennedy on Monday night reported a gas smell at the building, district spokeswoman Julie Boyle said via email on Tuesday morning. Crews with the gas ...

U.S. wants drug prices in TV ads: ‘Patients deserve to know’

TRENTON, N.J. — The federal government said Monday that it wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials. The drug industry’s main trade group said drug companies are only willing to disclose the prices on their websites, not in ...

Lawrence and area events for Tuesday, Oct. 16

Today, Oct. 16 Red Dog’s Dog Days Fitness Program, 6 a.m. & 6 p.m., Haskell Indian Nations University, 155 E. Indian Ave. Lawrence Breakfast Optimist Club, 7 a.m., Brandon Woods, Smith Center, 1501 Inverness Drive. Library Storytime (ages 3+), 10:30-11:15 a.m., Lawrence Public ...

Secretary of state candidates clash on need to change voting laws

TOPEKA - The three candidates for Kansas secretary of state squared off in a televised debate Monday, offering different opinions on a wide range of issues, including whether the state needs to change the election laws that changed dramatically under the current administration of Republican ...

Lawsuit contests gender policy on Kansas birth certificates

Kansas City, Kan. — A federal lawsuit filed Monday challenges a Kansas policy that prohibits changing the gender designation on birth certificates for transgender people. Kansas is one of three states with similar policies, according to Lambda Legal, the civil rights group that brought the ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 15

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 139 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Westar Energy working to restore power to parts of west Lawrence

A power outage in west Lawrence affected more than 1,000 households and businesses Monday. According to outage information on Westar Energy’s website, 1,325 customers lost power late Monday morning. The outage was first reported at 11:49 a.m. and affected a large portion of west Lawrence in ...

KU schedules another public meeting regarding budget cuts

A public meeting focusing on the role that KU Athletics and KU Endowment play in the University of Kansas budget is scheduled for this week. The meeting, hosted by interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Carl Lejuez, is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday in 120 Budig Hall, 1455 Jayhawk Blvd. It's ...

After wet weekend, sunnier fall-like weather on the way for Lawrence

October has been a wet month for Lawrence, but typical fall weather should return this week, said Matt Wolters, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Topeka. The Lawrence area received about 0.3 inches of precipitation on both Friday and Sunday, he said. So far this month, ...

‘A meaningful service’: KU bus driver never tires of the scenery

Kait McNeely steered the 40-foot bus alongside the curb and pressed her foot on the air brake, quickly opening the door. “Thank you,” called out several college students as they stepped off Bus 38, like appreciative passengers to an airplane pilot after a smooth flight. McNeely, who keeps ...

Lawrence and area events for Monday, Oct. 15

Today, Oct. 15 Don’t Miss: 68th Annual Pancake, Sausage Supper, 5-8 p.m., Lone Star Church of the Brethren, 883 East 800 Road. Other Events: Toddler Storytime (ages 2+), 10:30-11 a.m. Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Kaw Valley Bridge Club: Open Pairs, 12:30 p.m., 1025 N. ...