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Lawrence and area events for Saturday, Sept. 22

Today, Sept. 22 Don’t Miss: Pilot Club Antique Show, Fri & Sat. 9-5, bldg 21, 2120 Harper St. More Events: Red Dog’s Haskell 2 mile run, 7:30 a.m., Cross Country Course, Haskell University, 155 E. Indian Ave. Lawrence Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m.-noon, 824 New Hampshire St. ...

Painting underway on women of color mural at Lawrence Public Library

A mural depicting women of color is well underway on an exterior wall of the Lawrence Public Library. The vividly colored artwork spans much of the library’s lower south wall and celebrates women of color past and present who made noteworthy contributions to the area’s history and ...

KU researcher helps astronauts run experiment on human sperm in space

A researcher from the University of Kansas Health Service recently helped astronauts on the International Space Station run an experiment on how human sperm cells function in space. Joseph S. Tash, Ph.D., an emeritus professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology in the KU ...

Kansas sees growth in jobs and wages in August

TOPEKA – The Kansas labor market continued to show signs of strength in August as the state added 3,600 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 3.3 percent. The Kansas Department of Labor also said Friday that the tight labor supply in Kansas drove up wages during the month as average ...

Lawrence Parks and Rec named finalist for national award

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is vying for a national award, and officials are hoping this will be the year they take home the top honor. The department is one of four finalists this year for the National Recreation and Park Association’s Gold Medal Award, which recognizes ...

Kansas court considers BNSF challenge to railroad regulation

Story updated at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. WICHITA — BNSF Railway is challenging a Kansas law that limits how long trains can block intersections. The Kansas Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday in the case involving a lengthy blockage of two Chase County railroad crossings in ...

Kobach disputes ad, says he never called schools overfunded

Story updated at 11:57 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21. TOPEKA — Republican Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is disputing a new television ad in which his Democratic rival in the gubernatorial race accuses him of saying the state’s schools are overfunded. Kobach says Sen. Laura Kelly should ...

Woman attacked while walking near downtown Lawrence, police say

Police say a woman on foot near downtown Lawrence early Friday morning was attacked from behind by a man who grabbed her and covered her mouth. The incident happened about 12:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Vermont Street, the Lawrence Police Department said in a tweet Friday morning. The ...

Lawrence and area events for Friday, Sept. 21

Today, Sept. 21 Don’t Miss: Pilot Club Antique Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Building 21, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St. Other events: Library Storytime, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Community Resource Clinic, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., ...

Commission to hold special meeting regarding city manager position

The Lawrence City Commission will hold a special meeting next week to discuss the recruitment of a new city manager. City Manager Tom Markus announced Tuesday that he plans to resign his position in the spring. The meeting will take place at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St.

Kansas Board of Regents CEO to get 15 percent salary increase

The Kansas Board of Regents approved a 15 percent pay raise for Regents President and CEO Blake Flanders during its Thursday board meeting. The pay raise comes at a time when state universities, including KU, are facing budget challenges. Regents leaders said compensation studies found ...

Former student-athlete sues KU, claiming mold in dorm room made her sick

A former student-athlete is suing the University of Kansas because, she says, mold in her dorm room made her sick. The woman had a golf scholarship and moved into the on-campus Jayhawker Towers apartments in fall 2015, the beginning of her freshman year. Throughout September and October of ...