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Man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for role in January robbery

One of two people implicated in an armed robbery near the University of Kansas campus earlier this year was sentenced Thursday to serve more than 10 years in prison. John Timothy Baker, 33, was found guilty of a single felony count of robbery last month. On the evening of Jan. 8, a man walking ...

Candidate meet-and-greet today for Lawrence City Commission and school board

Lawrence voters can meet candidates in the running for open City Commission and school board seats on today. The Voter Education Coalition is hosting a meet-and-greet with candidates from both races. The terms of commissioners Lisa Larsen, Mike Amyx and Matthew Herbert are expiring this year. ...

Eudora hires commander from Prairie Village Police Department as police chief

A commander in the Prairie Village Police Department has been hired to be the next Eudora police chief.Eudora City Manager Barack Matite announced Tuesday that Wes Lovett will start Aug. 2 as chief of the 13-person Eudora Police Department. He will replace Bill Edwards, who is retiring.Lovett ...

Internet and cable outages reported as WOW services convert to new company

UPDATE:The overnight conversion from WOW cable, telecom and internet services to Midco is causing some outages in the Lawrence area. “We are experiencing some challenges but we are troubleshooting right now,” said Midco spokeswoman Paige Pearson Meyer. Customers were posting on social media ...

Kansas’ Sen. Moran, target of protests, comes out against GOP health care bill

Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas said Tuesday that he opposes a GOP bill that would have repealed and replaced much of the federal health care law commonly known as Obamacare.“The Senate healthcare bill missed the mark for Kansans and therefore did not have my support," Moran said ...

Emergency food, shelter funds available for qualifying agencies

Qualifying agencies have until July 7 to apply for federal funds made available to Douglas County for emergency food and shelter programs.The $41,281 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a national board of six nonprofit agencies was made available for distribution in the county. A ...

Kansas attorney general seeks to settle two lawsuits involving rape, car search

Topeka ? Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office will ask Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders on Friday to approve settlements of two federal lawsuits against the state, including one filed by a former Osawatomie State Hospital employee who was raped by a patient there in ...

Seat belt fines to triple starting Saturday

People driving in Kansas during the upcoming holiday weekend are being reminded that fines for failure to wear a seat belt will triple to $30 starting Saturday, July 1.That's the result of a bill that Kansas lawmakers passed this session dealing with several motor vehicle issues.Kansas law ...

Lawrence Memorial Hospital installing sunscreen stations at 3 area pools

Splashing at the pool or lake makes for great summer fun and memories.Although those warm rays can make us feel good in the short term, long-term exposure to the sun can accelerate skin aging — wrinkles and brown spots. And it can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.To help swimmers ...

Lawrence Democrat John Wilson to resign Kansas House seat

Topeka ? Democratic Rep. John Wilson, of Lawrence, announced Monday that he plans to resign his 10th District House seat later this year in order to spend more time focusing on his family and career."This is a decision I don't make lightly," Wilson said on the House floor Monday. "In fact, now ...

Kansas lawmakers adjourn session notable for battles with Brownback

Topeka ? Kansas lawmakers on Monday formally ended a historic legislative session in which they reversed course on Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature tax policies, nearly reversed many of his other conservative policies, and enacted a new school finance formula that will put hundreds of millions ...

Lawrence police investigating armed robbery at Taco Bell

Lawrence police are investigating an armed robbery that reportedly occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Monday at Taco Bell, 1220 W. Sixth St.According to witnesses, a male suspect entered the business around 7:50 a.m., threatened employees with a firearm and demanded money, police said in a news ...

Kansas lawmaker to run for secretary of state

Topeka ? A conservative lawmaker from Johnson County announced over the weekend that he will run for secretary of state in 2018.Rep. Keith Esau, R-Olathe, made that announcement at the annual Olathe Republican Party Picnic, saying information security will be his top priority if he is ...

Campus carry about to begin: What you need to know about guns at KU

As of Saturday, July 1, people who are legally eligible to carry a concealed handgun elsewhere in Kansas will be allowed to do so on the University of Kansas campus, too.Campus-goers also will be allowed to carry stun guns if they choose, according to KU policy. Other weapons, plus the open ...