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Kansas marijuana bill hits roadblock in state Senate
May 26, 2015
A bill that would ease many of Kansas’ marijuana laws has stalled in the Senate and likely won’t be considered again this year.
Kansas House panel advances plan to raise taxes, fix budget
02:23 p.m., May 26, 2015 Updated 10:30 p.m.
A Kansas House committee has advanced a plan for balancing the state budget that increases the sales tax and reverses one of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s key economic policies.
Kansas agency plans to change vehicle renewal notices
12:26 p.m., May 26, 2015 Updated 02:47 p.m.
The Kansas Department of Revenue plans to change the way it notifies residents that they need to renew their vehicle tags.
Study: Fewer kids have severe mental problems; more get help
May 26, 2015
Contrary to public perception and horrific cases that make headlines, serious mental problems are declining among the nation’s youth, and there has been a big rise in how many are getting help, a new study finds.
Today in Lawrence: Local produce and blues guitar
May 26, 2015
Though today’s forecast calls for a slight chance of showers early this morning, look for the clouds to part by 9 or 10 a.m., with lots of sunshine pushing temperatures up quickly.
Local golfers in an excited state
May 26, 2015
Fresh off a regional championship, Lawrence High boys golfers have refused to relax. They still have work to do at the Class 6A state golf tournament. By Bobby Nightengale
More glowing reports on KU hoops commitment Vick
May 26, 2015
Future Kansas University basketball guard LaGerald Vick ranks fifth in scoring on the Under Armour Association spring circuit following a productive weekend for Team Thad AAU in New York. By Gary Bedore
Yankees wallop Guthrie, Royals, 14-1
May 26, 2015
Brett Gardner got a little silly after hitting the Yankees’ third homer of the first inning, enthusiastically high-fiving his teammates as if he were trying to slap away the memory of a lost weekend of baseball. A few big hits did the job just fine.
Column: Seeing Stars? Wake Forest turns out more NBA All-Stars than Kansas
May 26, 2015
Bill Self and Roy Williams, Kansas University’s only two basketball coaches for the past 27 years, combined for six Final Fours, four NCAA title-game appearances and one national title for KU. They have done so employing different coaching styles and personalities.By Tom Keegan
Opinion: Sisi regime fuels discontent in Egypt
May 26, 2015
If you were looking for an Egyptian who could help his country fulfill the lost promise of the Arab Spring — some day — you couldn’t do better than Emad Shahin, an internationally renowned and liberal scholar who studies political Islam.
Editorial: Budget balk
There’s no use waiting for a magic solution, legislators. It’s time to pass a balanced budget and go home.
May 26, 2015
Putting off state budget decisions won’t make those decisions any easier. It’s not like members couldn’t see this problem coming. When the session started in January, the state already had seen a serious decline in revenue because of income tax cuts approved three years ago, but legislative leaders said they couldn’t get serious about working on a budget until after new revenue estimates were released in April. So legislators all went home for three weeks to await the new numbers — which turned out to show an even larger revenue shortfall.
Opinion: Drones need regulation to protect privacy
May 26, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration is in the midst of a public rule making for drones. This is an important process that will help ensure that drones are safely deployed in civilian airspace in the United States.
100 years ago: At Seventh and Maine, passersby assist passengers of overturned car
May 26, 2015
“Both of the cars were going at a high rate of speed, and each saw the other when it was too late.”
40 years ago: City, county, school board await installation of new computer system
May 26, 2015
Officials reported that the new system would have sufficient capacity to store all the information possessed by the three agencies.
25 years ago: Dr. Wilbur honored at LHS ceremony
May 26, 2015
“Dr. Wilbur respects his students as human beings and treats them as such.”
Once just an underground movement, parkour gets a class of its own in Lawrence
May 25, 2015
Across the globe, the gap-jumping, wall-scaling, obstacle-vaulting training discipline known as parkour has only recently begun to outgrow its underground popularity. And it’s even entering the mainstream right here in Lawrence.
Double Take: Breaking up really is hard to do, and overcoming it takes maturity
May 25, 2015
Breakups are tough. But don’t give up on meaningful relationships because one ended badly. Kyra recommends dealing with emotions in the present and taking some time to reflect.
Visitors to Oak Hill Cemetery honor veterans on Memorial Day
May 25, 2015
In the veterans section of Oak Hill Cemetery, the hundreds of uniform headstones in straight rows call to mind soldiers in formation. On this day, alongside each headstone is a small American flag and bouquet of red flowers.
Some greek organizations have had success with curbs on alcohol
May 25, 2015
When the Interfraternity Council at Purdue University in Indiana voted to ban all hard liquor from fraternity properties and chapter events this year, Purdue IFC President Matt Gebbie said the reaction from fraternity members was mixed. Kansas University’s IFC followed Purdue’s lead this month, banning hard alcohol from fraternity houses beginning this fall. Some say implementing hard-liquor bans will be effective; others say liquor-specific prohibitions don’t go far enough.
Welcome to Jayhawkville: Virtual school district engages KU education students
Online course relies on newly launched tool for realistic scenarios, diverse school demographics
May 25, 2015
As a Kansas University student pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies, you once would have read a typewritten case study and responded to questions for your class on how to be a principal. Now, you head to Jayhawkville. The virtual town and its Jayhawkville United School District are complete with colorful maps including urban to rural schools, pictures of each building, profiles of their principals — foibles included — and graphs of demographics and test scores. By Sara Shepherd

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