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Prosecutor previews federal $17M drug case as monthslong trial of Lawrence twins begins
April 18, 2014
The woman leading the prosecution of three men standing trial in federal court in a $17 million drug conspiracy case called Friday’s opening statement the “preview to a motion picture.” And, in this case, the title is “Operation Living Large #2.” By Stephen Montemayor
Kansas Supreme Court blasts bill signed into law by Brownback
April 18, 2014
In a rare public statement, the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday denounced a bill signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback, saying the measure would weaken the judicial system. By Scott Rothschild
Casino, Medicaid among issues decided by Brownback
April 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday made it easier to get a casino in southeast Kansas and harder to get Medicaid coverage for thousands of low-income Kansans. By Scott Rothschild
Credit card data breach affects Lawrence arts and craft store
April 18, 2014
About 2.6 million credit and debit cards used at Michaels crafts store, including the location in Lawrence, were breached in a hacking incident last year, the company announced this week. By Giles Bruce
Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings
01:26 p.m., April 18, 2014 Updated 02:04 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities say a man has been charged with 18 felony counts in connection with about a dozen recent random highway shootings that have wounded three people in the Kansas City area.
KU to host ‘March for a Voice’ event to raise sexual assault awareness
April 18, 2014
On April 23, Kansas University will host a “March for a Voice,” which will proceed from Stauffer-Flint to the Kansas Union. The march is meant to promote reporting of sexual assault. The is open to the community.
KU anthropology professor wins Guggenheim fellowship
April 18, 2014
Arienne Dwyer, a Kansas University professor of anthropology, was named a 2014 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Dwyer will use the award to work on a book about the languages of Inner Asia.
Defendant ordered to Larned for evaluation
April 18, 2014
Ronnie Kapfer, 71, was declared incompetent to stand trial on charges of sexual battery. He will spend up to 90 days at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility for further evaluation and treatment to determine if he can ever become competent. By Peter Hancock
Brownback to tout bonds for new health education building at KU Medical Center
April 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback will visit the Kansas University Medical Center on Monday to tout $25 million in bonding authority to help build a new health education building. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence man sentenced to 59 months for sex crimes
April 18, 2014
Jerry Leon Criqui was sentenced to nearly five years in prison for having unlawful sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl. He could be released in as little as 44 months. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence teacher contract talks on hold pending legislative action
April 18, 2014
The Lawrence school district has postponed any further talks on a new contract for its teachers pending a final decision in Topeka on school finance. At issue is how much money the district will have to spend next year and whether teachers will continue to have administrative due process rights, or “tenure.” By Peter Hancock
KU starting pitcher Wes Benjamin done for season
April 18, 2014
Kansas University’s No. 1 starting pitcher Wes Benjamin recently underwent Tommy John surgery, KU baseball head coach Ritch Price announced Friday.
Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate race
10:54 a.m., April 18, 2014 Updated 02:02 p.m.
Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday. The statement from HHS spokeswoman Dori Salcido is in line with comments from Sebelius’ fellow Democrats about speculation that she’d return to Kansas this year to run for the seat held by three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Sebelius served two terms as Kansas governor before joining President Barack Obama’s administration five years ago.
Governor lets Southeast Kansas casino bill become law
10:46 a.m., April 18, 2014 Updated 02:00 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback is allowing a bill aimed at luring a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas to become law without his signature.
Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints
10:42 a.m., April 18, 2014 Updated 04:52 p.m.
Given their druthers, some Kansas high school students and their parents said they would rather keep their graduation day just a family affair instead of expanding the guest list to include first lady Michelle Obama.
Today in Lawrence: Easter brunch, Earth Day weekend
April 18, 2014
The perfect eggs Benedict, Lawrence’s Earth Day parade, a chance to paws and reflect, and more Monty Python.
KU swimming adds prep senior
April 18, 2014
The Kansas University swimming and diving team signed Niwot (Colo.) High senior Hannah Driscoll to a national letter of intent, KU coach Clark Campbell announced Thursday.
Groundbreaking set for Naismith rules building
April 18, 2014
Kansas University will conduct a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new 32,000-square-foot DeBruce Center at 11:30 a.m. May 2, at the northeast corner of Allen Fieldhouse. The event is open to the public.
KU softball drops series opener against Texas Tech, 7-5
April 18, 2014
Kansas University’s softball team was eager to get back on the field after a nine-day layoff, but opened its series against Texas Tech with a 7-5 loss on Thursday at Arrocha Ballpark.
FSHS soccer beats ONW, 2-1
April 18, 2014
Tanna Fanshier and Maren Kahler scored goals, and Free State High’s soccer team defeated Olathe Northwest, 2-1, on Thursday night.

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