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KU Athletics budget will increase to $93.3 million next year

University of Kansas Athletics expects its budget to increase to $93.3 million next year. The Kansas Athletics Inc. board of directors on Tuesday approved the proposed KU Athletics budget for fiscal year 2018. KU Athletics’ 2018 budget of $93.3 million is roughly 3.5 percent higher than the ...

Fire does heavy damage to eastern Lawrence four-plex

Six families were forced from their residences but were uninjured from a two-alarm fire Tuesday afternoon that caused heavy damage to a four-plex in the Crosswinds Apartments complex in eastern Lawrence.Lawrence/Douglas Fire Medical Division Chief Justin Temple said units were dispatched to a ...

Lawmakers override Brownback veto of tax overhaul

Topeka — The Kansas Legislature on Tuesday overrode Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a tax bill that reverses course on the signature tax cuts that he championed in 2012, dealing a significant blow to his legacy as governor, but paving the way for lawmakers to end a near-record long ...

Lawrence mayor takes stand against Trump’s withdrawal from Paris climate agreement

Lawrence Mayor Leslie Soden has joined with more than 1,000 other city and corporate leaders in the U.S. by signing onto a statement expressing support for the Paris climate agreement.“I was happy to step up and say Lawrence is still in,” Soden said at the City Commission meeting Tuesday. ...

Aug. 1 primary kicks in for Perry-Lecompton school district position

With four candidates filing for the Position 6 seat on the Perry-Lecompton school board, the requirement for an Aug. 1 primary kicks in.Lucy Patterson, elections clerk for the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office, said Stephanie Confer, of Lecompton, Nick Fergus, of Lecompton, Brad Guess, of ...

Lawrence City Commission to consider expansion of fast-track incentives program

At their meeting Tuesday, Lawrence city commissioners will decide whether to expand a fast-track incentives program beyond the city-owned business parks. Originally, the tax breaks and other incentives offered by the Catalyst Program encouraged companies to build speculative industrial ...

A pint-sized guide to keeping kids busy this summer in Lawrence

With school officially out for the summer, we thought we'd offer some ideas for local parents looking to keep kids busy over the next few months. For Lawrence Public School families, that would be all the way up to Aug. 16 through Aug. 18, depending on your child's grade level. Until then, ...

As attorneys withdraw, sentencing delayed for teen who murdered his grandmother

The attorneys for a Lawrence teenager convicted of murdering his grandmother in 2015 withdrew from his defense Monday, which was the day he was scheduled to be sentenced for that and other crimes.Citing the potential for a conflict of interest, Douglas County District Court Judge Kay Huff ...

Hundreds expected to participate in Friday’s Relay for Life

Hundreds of cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and community members are expected to turn out for Friday’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Douglas County, slated for 5:30 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive. Money raised from the ...

Lawmakers pass school funding and tax package

Topeka ? Kansas lawmakers late Monday passed and sent to Gov. Sam Brownback a school finance bill that phases in a $293 million increase in annual K-12 school spending over the next two years and a tax bill that reverses course on many of the tax cuts that Brownback championed in 2012.Brownback ...

Kansas lawmakers to debate combined school funding and tax overhaul bill

Topeka ? House and Senate negotiators agreed Sunday to debate a bill that includes both a new school funding formula and an overhaul of the state’s income tax code that would generate more than $500 million a year in new revenue.That proposal, which the House could debate today, originated ...

Library’s ‘Game of Gnomes’ summer-long scavenger hunt to kick off Monday

The Lawrence Public Library is inviting folks to venture into the great “ungnome” — their pun, not ours — this summer with Game of Gnomes, a literary-themed scavenger hunt through 10 Lawrence parks. Karen Allen, the library’s youth services coordinator, developed the summer-long ...