Local news

Ex-lawmaker sentenced to 18 months
April 20, 2015
Former Kansas Republican state Rep. Trent LeDoux was sentenced to 18 months in jail Monday for defrauding a bank run by a longtime friend to help fund his political activities.
Ninth Street Corridor project discusses Lawrence history, gentrification
April 20, 2015
Toward the end of the third and final public art workshop discussing the Ninth Street Corridor Project, the word “gentrification” began to creep into the conversation.
Lecompton named 2015-2017 Community of Excellence
April 20, 2015
The Kansas PRIDE program has named Lecompton as a 2015-2017 Community of Excellence, Kansas State University Research and Extension said in a release.
Activist remembered for decades of efforts to raise up the downtrodden
06:21 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
Caroljean “CJ” Brune was an activist of an older generation, but she wasn’t the kind that stayed stuck in the past. By Sara Shepherd
Chamber proposes boosting spending to foster startup companies
02:56 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
Spending more money to help small businesses grow will be a priority for the Lawrence chamber of commerce in 2016, but it also will mean the organization will spend less on trying to attract big companies to town.By Chad Lawhorn
Nine Lawrence students to compete in national speech and debate tournament
01:22 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:05 p.m.
Nine students from Lawrence’s two public high schools have qualified for the National Speech & Debate Tournament this June in Dallas.
Kansas Herpetological Society to host field trip near Russell this weekend
01:16 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:05 p.m.
The Kansas Herpetological Society will host a reptile-, amphibian- and turtle-counting field trip for the public this weekend near Russell. The free event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Lasada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service, 3721 183rd St. near Russell, president of the Center for North American Herpetology Travis Taggart said in a news release. Participants will begin arriving at Lasada’s camping areas throughout the day Friday.
Lawrence Parade of Homes to begin this weekend
11:12 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:05 p.m.
The public is invited to tour homes in the Lawrence area with “the latest features in home design, efficiency and technology” starting this weekend.
Kansas revenue projections for next year contributing to even bigger budget hole
08:21 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
State budget officials in Kansas issued a gloomy report Monday that says total revenues flowing into the state are expected to fall 3.5 percent next year, creating an even bigger budget hole for lawmakers to fill when they return next week to wrap up the 2015 session.
Power restored, road reopened following early morning hit-and-run
04:52 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:05 p.m.
Westar Energy has restored power to about 50 customers following an early-morning crash that destroyed a utility pole. Lawrence Police were called to an address in the 3200 block of West Ninth Street shortly before 2 a.m. Monday, after a driver crashed into a pole.
Lawrence woman’s identity stolen, IRS receives forged tax return form in her name
April 19, 2015
Lawrence resident Nancy Hause was suspicious when she received a letter purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service’s “Identity Verification Service” asking for more personal information to process her 2014 tax return. The thing is, Hause had gotten an extension from the IRS and hadn’t yet filed her tax return, she said, so she worried the letter was a scam. As it turns out, the letter was real, but her instincts were still correct in that she may be a victim of a crime.
Amid meth’s grim toll on Kansans, a case of hope
April 19, 2015
The woman has been off methamphetamine for four months now. She is literally pregnant with motivation. The 26-year-old, in recovery at a Wichita residential treatment center, expects to give birth to a son soon. She is part of a wave of Kansas parents whose meth use has led to their children being removed or voluntarily turned over to others. In Wichita and across the state, an increasing number of children have been removed because of parents’ meth use, records show.
Cattle auctions show hectic side of rural life in Kansas
April 19, 2015
It’s the night before an auction, and cattle are beginning to arrive. Manhattan Commission Company already smells like livestock - it always does - but the back lot is also about to get loud.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County working to find more mentors
April 19, 2015
Darinka De la Torre Castillo remembers what it was like to be a little in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. And the connections she made through the group have been strong enough to last a lifetime, she said.
Business Briefcase for April 20
April 19, 2015
Linking Women Networking Organization, a national group connecting professional women, announced the addition of a new chapter. The chapter will be directed by Lesle Booth, a founding member of the organization, and will work to engage and expand businesses in the Lawrence, Eudora, Topeka and De Soto regions.
Mike Hayden began the invitation-only turkey hunt as governor
April 19, 2015
Former Kansas Gov. Mike Hayden has seen plenty change since he started the Kansas Governor’s turkey hunt in 1987.
Audit finds UMKC business school ran up deficit to boost enrollment
April 19, 2015
The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s business school racked up a nearly $11 million operating deficit in its effort to gain national and global esteem, which ultimately tarnished the university’s reputation.
Ex-lawmaker faces sentencing for fraud to finance campaign
April 19, 2015
A former Kansas legislator is due to be sentenced for defrauding a bank to help fund his political activities in a federal case that highlights the state’s lax state campaign finance laws.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 21 meeting
April 19, 2015
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall
Registration open for Girls Rock! Lawrence summer camp
April 18, 2015
Girls Rock! Lawrence has opened registration for its inaugural summer camp, which will take place June 1-5 at St. John’s School, 1208 Kentucky St.
Kansas City Connection: Sushi and Sufjan
April 18, 2015
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could feast on food from dozens of Kansas City’s finest restaurants while feeling like you’d actually done something good?
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Buying big at the Midland Farm Store
April 18, 2015
It is another day in the life of a big retail executive. Jill Tregemba is co-owner of the Midland Farm Store, which of course is big retail. It is the largest farm store at Midland Junction, although to be clear, we’re not talking about height here. The grain elevator next door is clearly taller.By Chad Lawhorn
Faculty diversity ekes up at KU
Administrators credit revamped, more extensive hiring protocol
April 18, 2015
Kansas University professors are still mostly white, but slightly less white than they were a few years ago. Administrators say it’s a sign that a recently revamped and more exhaustive hiring process is helping KU meet a long-term — and highly challenging — goal of increasing faculty diversity. By Sara Shepherd
Rural neighbors, tree farm clash over noise, traffic
April 18, 2015
A fight over land titles or water rights used to be what split rural communities. Today there seems to be much more for rural neighbors to fight over as competing visions of rural life and land use clash.
Critter Buzz: How to help your fat, furry friend shed some pounds
April 18, 2015
Giving those extra tasty morsels to your pet may seem like an act of kindness, but is it? Those extra pounds that seem to make your pet more snuggly may be more damaging to his or her health than you think
Turning heads: Inside Out exhibition a portrait of the entire arts community
April 18, 2015
Those walking by the Lawrence Arts Center recently may have noticed some eye-catching new additions to the building’s front windows: a trio of giant faces. The images represent only a fraction of the approximately 650 black-and-white portraits photographed over the last year by local artist Rachael Perry for the Lawrence Inside Out project.
KU to host seventh annual Mini College
April 18, 2015
For Robert Rowland, a Kansas University professor of communications studies, nothing is more exciting than ideas. For the past six years, Rowland has spent a few days each summer lecturing and sharing that excitement with students, alumni and community members at KU’s Mini College. By Conrad Swanson
Garden Variety: Now’s the time to plant asparagus
April 18, 2015
The modern conveniences of grocery stores and worldwide shipping make it easy to get almost any kind of produce any time of year, but some fruits and veggies, including asparagus, just taste better when picked up fresh and local.
Police: Two complaints against officers found to have merit in 2014
10:45 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
None of the complaints from members of the public against Lawrence police officers in 2014 was found to have merit after investigation, according to a report released this month by the Lawrence Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability. Two complaints from police department employees were found to have merit and officers were disciplined.
Agriculture Hall of Fame to reopen with new hopes
April 17, 2015
Like many farmers, the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame struggles to hold on from one year to the next. After being closed last year except for special events, the 50-year-old hall in Bonner Springs will reopen this weekend, thanks to a financial windfall, volunteers and a new executive director.