Companies Cannot Buy State Employees,’ says KU in open records case involving teacher with Koch ties
May 27, 2015
Kansas University has reinforced its stance that business lecturer Art Hall’s emails are subject to the Kansas Open Records Act, no matter who’s bankrolling his salary. At the end of the day, KU writes his checks, the university argued in a document filed this week in Douglas County District Court. “Companies Cannot Buy State Employees — And Then Keep Their Work Secret,” the document asserts. By Sara Shepherd
City commission hears proposal to have homeowners benefit from tax breaks
May 27, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners on Wednesday were asked to consider using some tax breaks to help ordinary homeowners rather than the large developers who have typically benefitted from them. Douglas County commissioners asked city commissioners to consider how the city uses the Neighborhood Revitalization Act, a popular tax rebate program. That program has been mostly used for larger projects, such as the development of new apartment buildings and the pending expansion of The Eldridge Hotel.
Busker Festival, Art Tougeau keeping Lawrence weird this weekend
May 27, 2015
Things got a little weird at Tuesday night’s city commission meeting. Citing “a car shaped like a phone,” a “street legalU.F.O.” and Lawrence’s general proclivity toward the odd, mayor Jeremy Farmer proclaimed May 29-31 as “The Official Weird Weekend.”
University Senate forms committee to address guns on campus
May 27, 2015
Kansas University faculty, staff and students are forming their own committee to address the issue of concealed guns coming to KU’s Lawrence campus. By Sara Shepherd
State employees, including those at KU, could face furloughs if budget not resolved soon
05:09 p.m., May 27, 2015 Updated 07:01 p.m.
State employees, including many at Kansas University, could face furloughs if state lawmakers fail to reach an agreement on a budget and taxes by the end of next week. Other deadlines are also looming as the end of the current fiscal ends June 30. By Peter Hancock
Market Match program launches at farmers markets for second year
May 27, 2015
The Market Match program has launched for its second year at the Lawrence Farmers Market and Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market.
Suspect arrested in Monday homicide; victim’s name released
04:21 p.m., May 27, 2015 Updated 05:26 p.m.
Lawrence police on Wednesday afternoon arrested a suspect in connection with a fatal stabbing Monday in Lawrence. Police also on Wednesday announced the name of the victim as Tracy Dean Lautenschlager, 45, of Lawrence. By Caitlin Doornbos
Hikers, bikers concerned about illegal motorized vehicles destroying popular Kansas River trail
03:56 p.m., May 27, 2015 Updated 04:01 p.m.
A caretaker for a popular hike and bike trail along the Kansas River is asking people to be on the lookout for a rogue ATV rider who is damaging miles of trails and wildlife habitat. By Chad Lawhorn
Men’s basketball, women’s cross country and volleyball lead KU in latest APR data
May 27, 2015
Three sports programs at Kansas University registered high marks of 990 or above and each KU team remained in good standing — above 930 — according to the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released Wednesday.
K-State can test for new strain of dog flu affecting Midwest; no cases reported in Kansas
May 27, 2015
Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory can test for a new strain of canine influenza, or dog flu, that has infected more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest since April, according to a news release Wednesday by the university.
Health Department workshop teaches health-related community planning
May 27, 2015
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering a workshop “Integrating Health into Community Decision-making” in collaboration with the Kansas Health Institute and the Oregon Public Health Institute.
Kansas Senate rejects tax bill; House postpones debate
12:03 p.m., May 27, 2015 Updated 06:44 p.m.
The Kansas Senate on Wednesday defeated a $496 million tax bill, sending Republican leaders back to the drawing board in search of a way to fill the state’s budget hole. Despite the overwhelming, 30-1vote against the package, Majority Leader Terry Bruce of Hutchinson said he gleaned some useful information from the lengthy debate over more than a dozen amendments that were offered on the floor. By Peter Hancock
Off the Beaten Plate: Pig ear sandwich at Kingfish Soulfood Bistro
May 27, 2015
It’s a popular item at Kingfish Soul Food and Bistro, but you won’t see folks eating the pig-ear sandwich on a daily basis down South. At least that’s what the restaurant’s owner, who goes simply by Kingfish, tells me during a recent trip to the eastern Lawrence eatery.
Kansas House approves bill revising land annexation process
May 27, 2015
Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill that would require cities and towns to get approval from counties before annexing land in some cases.
Westar plans to buy wind power from new plant
May 27, 2015
Westar Energy says it plans to buy energy from a new wind farm to be built in Pratt County.
Today in Lawrence: Ninth Street corridor, city band return
May 27, 2015
Keep your AC cool and sunscreen handy, because it’s going to be another warm, sunny May day. By 10 a.m., temperatures already will be in the 70s, with a high of 82 degrees likely around 5 p.m.
KU commitment Vick 50/50 on reclassifying
May 27, 2015
LaGerald Vick sees positives in starting his college basketball career during the 2015-16 season rather than attending prep school for a year.
Bill Self’s ‘Boogie’ on tap
May 27, 2015
The fifth “Bill’s Basketball Boogie, a benefit for the Assists Foundation,” will be held 7 p.m. until midnight, June 13, at Abe and Jake’s Landing in downtown Lawrence.
Free State’s Flynn 10th at state golf
May 27, 2015
Free State High junior Jack Flynn finished 10th at the Class 6A boys golf state tournament at Carey Park in Hutchinson, leading his boys golf team to sixth place in the team standings.
Hunter Gudde quite good for FSHS baseball
May 27, 2015
Free State High junior Hunter Gudde, quietly, has put together one of the best seasons on the mound in school history, helping the Firebirds to their first state tournament appearance since 2010. By Bobby Nightengale

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