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Report finds flaws in state’s juvenile justice system
March 5, 2015
A new report says Kansas’ juvenile justice system functions inadequately due to poor use of mental health and substance evaluations, dependency on long periods of incarceration, inappropriate assignments of youths to detention facilities and other issues.
Sheriffs sue over legal marijuana, claiming federal law violations
March 5, 2015
Ten sheriffs from three different states sued Colorado Thursday for decriminalizing marijuana — joining a handful of recent legal challenges urging courts to strike down the state’s legalization of recreational pot.
KPR host Laura Lorson a two-day champion on ‘Jeopardy!’
March 5, 2015
Kansas Public Radio host Laura Lorson moved on to another episode of “Jeopardy!” after winning the show that aired Thursday.
Debate continues over procedure for social media policy violations
06:35 p.m., March 5, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
The Kansas University Senate is still trying to agree on a written procedure for what happens when a KU employee is accused of violating the Kansas Board of Regents social media policy. By Sara Shepherd
Suspects in triple shooting apprehended in Las Vegas
06:10 p.m., March 5, 2015 Updated 08:18 p.m.
Two suspects in a Feb. 8 triple shooting in Lawrence have been apprehended in Las Vegas, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
Bouquets sold will benefit Boys and Girls Club
04:59 p.m., March 5, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence is working with local Hy-Vee stores to spread a few smiles and a few flowers around town, the club said in a release.
Lawrence Libations: Poached-pear mulled wine at John Brown’s Underground
March 5, 2015
There’s nothing like a hot, literally steaming glass of wine on a chilly winter day.
KU ROTC cadets catch ride on Black Hawk helicopters
03:17 p.m., March 5, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
Kansas University Army ROTC cadets got a lift to Fort Riley on Thursday on a squadron of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Six of the helicopters flew in formation over campus at 11:30 a.m. and landed at Shenk Recreational Sports Complex, where cadets — who marched to the fields from the Military Science Building on KU’s main campus — boarded and flew to Fort Riley for weekend training. By Sara Shepherd
Westar requests rate increase for upgrades to Kansas nuclear plant
01:26 p.m., March 5, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
Westar Energy has requested a $152 million rate increase from the Kansas Corporation Commission to pay for environmental upgrades and repairs at the state’s only nuclear plant.
Kansas lawmakers to outline plan to overhaul school funding
10:36 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
The Kansas Legislature’s budget committee chairmen are ready to unveil their plan for overhauling how the state distributes money to public schools.
Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of pipeline bill
March 4, 2015
The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy.
Diaper drive begins this weekend
07:45 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
Beginning this weekend local United Way and AmeriCorps members will hold a communitywide diaper drive.
County appoints 3 people to public building commission
07:24 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
An attorney, an insurance agent and a Kansas University communications coordinator have been appointed to the public building commission recently created by the Douglas County commission.
Homeland Security bill includes final funding for NBAF
March 4, 2015
A bill that provides funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year includes $300 million to complete construction of a National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Both U.S. senators and all four House members from Kansas voted against that bill, mainly due to disagreements with the Obama administration over immigration policy. By Peter Hancock
Local trivia whiz a champion on first ‘Jeopardy!’ appearance
06:49 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:43 p.m.
Standing next to a smaller, televised picture of herself, Laura Lorson described her high-pressure experience on the television game show “Jeopardy!” “It’s just like your life is ebbing away,” she said about the show’s theme song as it played during Final Jeopardy. “It’s just trickling through your fingertips.”
English teachers from Vietnam sharpen skills on KU campus
06:40 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Nga Luu teaches English to gifted high schoolers in her home country of Vietnam, but she never had the chance to visit an English speaking country until now. Luu is one of 13 Vietnamese teachers spending this school year on the Kansas University campus. By Sara Shepherd
Brownback softens stance on Medicaid expansion
06:26 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback suggested Wednesday that he may be open to the possibility of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, although he still has strong reservations. His comments to a group of insurance agents came as the Kansas House is preparing to hold hearings on at least two Medicaid expansion proposals. By Peter Hancock
Local chefs dish on favorite meals in Lawrence
March 4, 2015
Where do chefs and restauranteurs like to eat when they’re not in the kitchen? We posed that question to some of Lawrence’s best and brightest culinary minds, and the results might surprise you. Turns out, even the highest-profile chefs with the most refined food palates in town reach for their favorite comfort food at the end of a long day.
Man convicted of 1999 rape and robbery at shoe store challenges 54-year sentence
03:32 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
A 54-year-old man convicted of a 1999 rape and robbery at Payless ShoeSource, 3231 Iowa St., is challenging the 54-year prison sentence Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin handed down in 2001.
Rock Chalk Revue annual fundraiser set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday
12:08 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
Kansas University’s student-run annual fundraising event, “Rock Chalk Revue,” returns to the Lied Center this week with shows at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Netanyahu warns against striking a ‘bad’ nuclear deal with Iran
March 3, 2015
Standing at the rostum of the House of Representatives, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directly challenged the Obama administration’s top foreign policy goal Tuesday, saying negotiations with Iran were headed for “a very bad deal; we’re better off without it.”
2014 Kansas crop values down as drought, market take toll
March 3, 2015
A new government report shows the value of principle Kansas crops plummeted last year to $6.51 billion.
Soden, Rasmussen, Boley take top three spots in Lawrence City Commission primary
March 3, 2015
A small-business owner who railed against Rock Chalk Park two years ago and is railing this year against tax breaks handed out by Lawrence City Hall cruised to an easy victory in Tuesday’s primary election. By Chad Lawhorn
Loveland, Harmon win school board primary, will face off in April 7 general election
March 3, 2015
Mary Loveland and Marcel Harmon, the two candidates with experience serving on the Lawrence school board, beat out their two other opponents in Tuesday’s primary election for a two-year term on the district’s governing body.
Former U.S. poet laureate speaks about poetry, history at KU
March 3, 2015
Aspiring writer and poet Beth Fox said she believes there is much to learn from the stories passed down through individuals or through cultures.
2015 primary election results: Soden, Rasmussen, Boley, Riordan, Herbert, Schumm moving onto April general election
Loveland, Harmon advance in school board race
07:00 p.m., March 3, 2015 Updated 08:47 p.m.
Lawrence voters showed up at the polls Tuesday to narrow down a full field of candidates for Lawrence City Commission and school board seats. Follow along with updated results.
KU Dining director wins ‘Academy Award’ of collegiate foodservice
01:53 p.m., March 3, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Nona Golledge credits staying on top of dining trends and “leading from the heart” with making her Kansas University Dining Services team a forerunner in university dining. Golledge, KU Dining director since 2006, was announced on Tuesday as the winner of the 2015 International Food Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award in the Colleges and Universities category. By Sara Shepherd
Vote in today’s primary elections! 9 percent turnout reported at 3 p.m.
01:27 p.m., March 3, 2015 Updated 04:45 p.m.
About 9 percent of registered voters had cast ballots in the local primary election as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Douglas County Clerk Jameson Shew. The Lawrence City Commission primary and the USD 497 school board primary drew 4,584 of 63,952 registered voters to the polls as of 3 p.m. Another 925 had cast advance ballots. Polls close at 7 p.m.
Report: Kansas wheat faring mostly well so far this winter
March 3, 2015
Kansas wheat crops and livestock are in generally positive shape so far this winter.
Kansas to hold meetings, consider options for drone usage
March 3, 2015
Kansas is exploring how it fits in the new world of drones as residents express their desire to use the technology.