Archive for Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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12:00 a.m.
Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, chairman of a special interim committee dealing with the ongoing school finance lawsuit, asks a question during a committee meeting Monday, Dec. 4. Talk of constitutional amendment heats up as K-12 review committee gets underway
5:04 p.m., December 4, 2017 Updated 6:12 p.m. in print edition on 3A
Some Kansas lawmakers began talking openly Monday about a constitutional amendment that would limit the Kansas Supreme Court’s authority to order remedies in school finance lawsuits. That talk began heating up as a special legislative committee appointed to review the court’s latest decision in the Gannon school finance case opened its first meeting.
10:21 a.m.
In this AP file photo from Dec. 9, 2015, the 14 members of the Kansas Court of Appeals enter the Supreme Court courtroom in Topeka to hear oral arguments. Kansas stands out for lack of diversity in its judicial branch
December 4, 2017 in print edition on 1A
Women and minorities make up only a small fraction of all the judges on state courts in the United States, but Kansas stands out as having one of the whitest and most male-dominated state court systems in the country.
10:47 a.m.
Lawrence High School students crowd the LHS rotunda on the morning of Sept. 18, 2017, in support of transgender rights and against what some described as a pervasive culture of transphobic behavior at the school. This photo was shared with the Journal-World by a student. Not a silent issue anymore’: How Lawrence High is moving forward after student protest of transphobic behavior
December 4, 2017 in print edition on 1A
When a handful of student protesters — which later grew to a crowd of more than 100 — came together Sept. 18 in response to alleged transphobic bullying and harassment at their school, they were told that change would come. Not overnight, and probably not within the next week, but eventually. More than two months after the Lawrence High School sit-in and the national media attention that followed, school leaders say they’re optimistic about the progress that’s already been made.
12:57 p.m.
Town Talk
City explains why abandoning old bid process may be good for some projects; 3 examples of bids that saved Lawrence millions
Posted December 5, 2017
Estimating isn’t easy. For example, my estimate of 200 pounds of chicken wings for my Kansas City Chiefs playoff watch party might end up being ...

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Editorial: Judicial diversity needs attention
Kansas needs to do a better job when it comes to getting women and minorities in judicial posts.
December 5, 2017
The lack of diversity among judges in Kansas is a concerning issue that state officials should make a priority to address in future judicial openings.