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Kansas lawmaker disciplined by Republican leader becomes Democrat

TOPEKA — A Kansas lawmaker who was stripped of a committee leadership post after endorsing Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly's campaign has switched to the Democratic Party. State Sen. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills said Wednesday that the Republican Party no longer represents her values. ...

Lawrence and area events for Wednesday, Dec. 12

Today, Dec. 12 Red Dog Workout, 6 a.m., Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. 1 Million Cups, 9-10 a.m., Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St. Books & Babies Storytime (ages 0-23 mo.), 9:30-10 a.m. & 10:30-11 a.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. 150 Themed Trees, 10 ...

U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to renew farm programs

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program. The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and send ...

Report: Lawrence author sells rights to debut novel for at least $1 million

A local author is likely to make a splash with her debut novel. Kate Russell, who teaches creative writing and composition in the University of Kansas English department, sold the publishing rights to her novel “My Dark Vanessa” to William Morrow, an imprint of the publishing company ...

Lawrence police blotter for Dec. 11

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. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 228 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Kansas governor-elect sells inauguration tables for $10K

Updated story - Gov.-elect Kelly lowers inaugural costs after ethics commission reverses itself TOPEKA — Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly is selling premium tables of 10 people each at her inaugural ball in January for $10,000, five times what the law says is the contribution limit. The new ...

Long waits for deportation cases can be good, bad for immigrants

KANSAS CITY, MO. — At immigration court on the 5th floor of a downtown office building, Judge Glen R. Baker spent a Tuesday morning setting court dates for 40 immigrants before him facing possible deportation. For those making a first appearance, he encouraged they seek a lawyer and return ...

‘BlacKkKlansman,’ co-written by KU prof, nominated for 4 Golden Globes

“BlacKkKlansman,” a film co-written by a University of Kansas film professor, was recently nominated for four Golden Globes Awards, including best motion picture drama. Kevin Willmott, a director, screenwriter and KU professor, co-wrote the screenplay with Spike Lee. Lee was nominated ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for Dec. 11 meeting

Consent agenda 1. Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 12/04/18. 2. Receive minutes from various boards and commissions. 3. Approve all claims. The list of claims will be posted by the Finance Department on Monday prior to the meeting. If Monday is a holiday, the claims will be ...

Lawrence and area events for Tuesday, Dec. 11

Today, Dec. 11 Red Dog Workout, 6 a.m., Community Building, 115 W. 11th St. Lawrence Breakfast Optimist Club, 7 a.m., Brandon Woods, Smith Center, 1501 Inverness Drive. 150 Themed Trees, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Territorial Capital Museum, 640 E. Woodson Ave., Lecompton. Adornment Sale, 10 a.m.-5 ...

Lawrence school board approves contract giving teachers $1,200 raise

The Lawrence school board approved a 2019-2020 teachers contract Monday with little comment, giving district teachers a four-figure raise for the second straight year. The board unanimously approved a contract that gives all district teachers a $1,200 raise and increases the base pay of ...