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Lawrence will near 70s Wednesday before weekend of snow
January 27, 2015
Lawrence has one more day of unseasonably warm weather before colder weather begins to move in from the Rocky Mountains, forecasters said Tuesday night.
New two-lane Wakarusa roundabout may be a little confusing at first, but it’s safer, city official says
08:26 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 08:27 p.m.
The Wakarusa roundabout intersecting Inverness and Legends drives has been twisting tongues and traffic in the three weeks since its completion. While the articulate person may be able to say “Wakarusa roundabout” three times fast, it would take a pretty experienced driver to lap the new interchange at high speeds. City Engineer David Cronin said that’s the reason roundabouts are preferable to traffic lights or four-way stops: safety. The roundabout’s design keeps speeds low and reduces the number of “conflict points,” or opportune areas for collision, thus reducing the likelihood of an injury accident, Cronin said.
Five Lawrence students selected as Presidential Scholar candidates
January 27, 2015
Five high school seniors in Lawrence have been selected as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program, the United States Department of Education said in a release.
Willow Domestic Violence Center wins $10,000 donation at Transformations Charity Gala
January 27, 2015
When Becca Burns, director of volunteer services at The Willow Domestic Violence Center, performed in Saturday’s Transformations Charity Gala there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, said Joan Schultz, The Willow’s executive director.
Field of candidates for Lawrence City Commission, school board elections set
January 27, 2015
At the Tuesday filing deadline, 14 candidates had signed up for three at-large seats on the City Commission, and four candidates will contend for a two-year term on the school board and seven other candidates will compete for four four-year terms on the board. The 14 candidates for the City Commission is the largest field in at least a decade, according to records from the Douglas County clerk’s office.
Judge orders expungement of dismissed Hashinger Hall rape charges
January 27, 2015
Douglas County District Judge Barbara Huff signed orders Tuesday expunging the dismissed charges of rape off the records of two 21-year-old men who were accused in September of sexually assaulting two Kansas University students.
Lawrence attorney, opponent of police headquarters sales tax files for City Commission
January 27, 2015
A Lawrence attorney who was a leader of the group that opposed a new sales tax for a police headquarters project has filed for a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.By Chad Lawhorn
Three KU students from Lawrence among 20 sophomores honored
January 27, 2015
Three Kansas University students from Lawrence were among 20 sophomores recognized as this year’s University Scholars, officials said.
Crews to install more wells to monitor 2006 gasoline spill in Old West Lawrence
January 27, 2015
Crews are scheduled to install another 10 groundwater wells in the area near Ninth and Ohio streets in an effort to monitor whether a plume of gasoline beneath the ground is being adequately contained. Chad Lawhorn
Brownback’s tax proposals panned by anti-tax activist
January 26, 2015
National anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is urging Kansas legislators to reject Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals to increase the state’s tobacco and alcohol taxes to help close state budget shortfalls.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association prepares for annual meeting
06:53 p.m., January 26, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association will recognize local people and businesses committed to community healthcare at their annual meeting on Wednesday, officials said.
Perry-Lecompton High principal stepping down
04:56 p.m., January 26, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
J.B. Elliott is stepping down from his position as the principal of Perry-Lecompton High School to become the district’s curriculum director, according to Superintendent Denis Yoder.
Lawrence Humane Society to host microchip clinic this week
04:42 p.m., January 26, 2015 Updated 10:14 p.m.
The Lawrence Humane Society is hosting a microchip clinic this week to implant pets with the most effective animal-recovery technology, Executive Director Kate Meghji said.
KU’s Audio-Reader radio network receives grant
04:35 p.m., January 26, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Kansas University’s Audio-Reader radio network received a $5,880 grant to help develop the organizations services for the blind, visually impaired and print disabled, officials said.
KU researchers discover new lizard species for sale on Manila’s black market
January 25, 2015
Kansas University’s resident reptile expert and fellow researchers routinely trudge through rainforests overturning leaves and combing streambeds to find live specimens. But that’s not where Rafe Brown and his team first encountered two previously unknown species of water monitor lizard. Instead, their first glimpse of the reptiles was at pet shops in the Philippines — where they say the country’s rampant black market trade in exotic animals threatens its ecosystem. By Sara Shepherd
Business Briefcase for Jan. 26
January 25, 2015
Barber Emerson, L.C. has announced Bethany Roberts as the newest member of the firm.
Ashes to glass: A different way to remember loved ones
January 25, 2015
When Debby Fitzhugh, of Topeka, lost her cat Lion King in 2012 she lost her “best bud.” Distraught, Fitzhugh said she had the 22-year-old cat cremated and kept several of his toys as keepsakes.
City pleased with new numbers on curbside recycling program
January 25, 2015
Lawrence City Hall leaders are pleased with all the bottles, cans, boxes and other materials that are filling up the blue recycling carts that were distributed to households as part of the city’s new curbside recycling program. A report from City Hall shows that more than 400 tons of recycled materials are being collected each month. “It is going really, really well,” said Kathy Richardson, division manager for the city’s solid waste operations. “We’re pretty happy with the participation numbers, and we’re collecting a good amount of material.” By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence officials answer common questions about curbside recycling program
January 24, 2015
Lawrence residents have questions about what should and shouldn’t go in the big blue recycling bins. Here are some answers.
Sin tax increases could hurt wallets, but unlikely to curb vices, Lawrencians say
January 24, 2015
In the town named the most hungover city in America this month by Business Insider, Gov. Sam Brownback’s new tax proposition, which would raise taxes on alcohol and tobacco products to balance the state budget, would have little effect on vices, but a big impact on pocketbooks, some Lawrencians said. To aid against the projected budget shortfalls of more than $710 million in the current budget and in the next fiscal year, Brownback suggested increasing the cigarette and tobacco product tax trifold and the alcohol tax by 50 percent. Under his plan, the state would raise $394 million over a period of two years, the Associated Press reported earlier this month.
Common threads: Exhibition charts textiles’ social role in local history
January 24, 2015
Brittany Keegan is standing opposite a massive quilt that hangs from the wall of a sun-drenched room on the second floor of the Watkins Museum of History.
Lawrence schools might offer KU courses in math, English
January 24, 2015
At its Monday meeting, the Lawrence school board will be asked to approve of a partnership that would allow students to take Kansas University classes at Lawrence High and Free State High.
Supporters push new level of dental worker at Kansas Statehouse
January 24, 2015
A plan to address a Kansas dental care shortage with a new type of health care worker is being pushed again in the Legislature despite stiff opposition.
Brownback shifts blame for state budget woes on Legislature
January 24, 2015
Income tax cuts that are being blamed for a deep state budget deficit were the work of the Legislature and not the governor’s office, Kan. Gov. Sam Brownback told a group of business leaders this week.
Garden Variety: 5 essential garden tools
January 23, 2015
Whether you are gardening for the first time this season or a seasoned professional, having the right tool can make any garden chore easier.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Jan. 27 meeting
January 23, 2015
5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Commissioners concerned that Wicked Broadband is trying to manipulate process ahead of key vote
05:35 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
As the Lawrence City Commission prepares to vote on a $300,000 loan guarantee for Wicked Broadband, commissioners are raising new concerns that a co-owner of the company is improperly trying to manipulate the city’s approval process. By Chad Lawhorn
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation tribal leader dies
January 23, 2015
Gary M. Mitchell, a Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation tribal leader and former PBPN Gaming Commission chairman, died Friday in Topeka, the tribe said in a news release.
Public invited to talk about issues at ‘People’s State of the Union’
04:54 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
Following President Obama’s State of the Union address last week, organizers with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture will host events across the country through the end of the month that they’re collectively calling the “People’s State of the Union.”
Lawrence man, 63, sentenced to 18 years after confessing to sexual encounters with 11-year-old boy
04:42 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 01:23 p.m.
Larry D. Kelley, 63, of Lawrence, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty in December to aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Kelley admitted to “multiple incidents of sexual contact” with a Lawrence boy between January 2012 and November 2013, according to the affidavit supporting his arrest. The boy was 11 years old when the abuse began.

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