Local news

City hears about police department needs at budget forum
08:28 p.m., May 4, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
Figuring out how to better fund the Lawrence police department likely will be a popular topic during this summer’s budget hearings, according to a small group of residents who attended a budget forum Tuesday. But whether that means the department needs a new $26 million police headquarters was less clear. By Chad Lawhorn
County commissioner: Justice Matters event ‘inappropriate’
07:53 p.m., May 4, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
Members of the Douglas County Commission are wary about a Thursday event organized by a group of local church leaders at which the commissioners say they think they will be asked to make commitments in front of hundreds of people that they are not prepared to make.
Man charged with multiple felonies after alleged Wal-Mart shoplifting leads to weapons standoff with police
May 4, 2015
A 27-year-old transient man was charged Monday with aggravated assault, theft and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer after an alleged shoplifting attempt at a Lawrence Wal-Mart ended with a standoff with police.
Alleged fugitive from Mississippi charged with indecent solicitation of a child in Douglas County
05:19 p.m., May 4, 2015 Updated 10:04 p.m.
A 28-year-old transient man was charged Monday with one count of indecent solicitation of a child and one count of obstruction of the legal process.
48 teams to compete Saturday in Sertoma’s annual barbecue cook-off
May 4, 2015
Four dozen cooking teams will show off their barbeque prowess on Saturday for the Lawrence SERTOMA Club’s 17th-Annual State Championship BBQ Cook-Off, said Dee Bisel, the club’s chairwoman.
Teen sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for sex crimes
01:37 p.m., May 4, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
A Yuma, Ariz., teenager who pleaded no contest to three sex crimes in Douglas County District Court last year was sentenced Friday to 7 ½ years in prison, according to court records.
Kansas lawmakers work short week, leaving big issues still on the table
May 3, 2015
After a three and a half week spring break, Kansas lawmakers accomplished little in the first three days of the wrap-up session. Besides making little progress on a budget or tax plan, the Legislature still faces a number of other vexing issues including state policy on renewable energy, union rights and Medicaid expansion. By Peter Hancock
Only in Lawrence: Bryan Culver doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘bored’
May 3, 2015
Bryan Culver knows his life can be turned upside down at any instant. From tragedy, however, one can find purpose.
United Way: AmeriCorps member launches employment center that helps people land jobs
May 3, 2015
“When John came into the office, he was living with his two children in his car after a family crisis had disrupted his employment and ultimately cost him his housing,” begins Maslyn Locke, as she tells a story of transformation that illustrates why she decided to serve as a United Way of Douglas County AmeriCorps member at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas.
Business Briefcase for May 4
May 3, 2015
Frontier Farm Credit has announced the promotion of Mark Knoll and Judy Cates. Knoll will now work as the company’s country home loan officer, he has been with the company for the past 31 years. Cates will now work as the new country home loan specialist in the Baldwin office, she has been with the company for 38 years.
KU Jazz Studies Program, students earn top honors in music awards
May 3, 2015
The Kansas University Jazz Studies Program and students were given top honors in the 38th Annual DownBeat Student Music Awards, the university has announced.
Moonlighting musicians: Lawrence musicians spread themselves across the scene
May 2, 2015
In the Lawrence music scene, sometimes you may think you’re seeing double, triple or even quadruple.
Not a perfect game: Jaybowl’s 62-year run ends Saturday
May 2, 2015
When the 62-year-old Jaybowl closes Saturday, following a day of festivities, it will be for good. As times have changed, so has Jaybowl — ultimately going away altogether. Union leaders say dwindling crowds and revenue led to their decision to close Jaybowl and repurpose it into some other type of gathering space. By Sara Shepherd
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Staying cool with the alpacas
May 2, 2015
They’re like a llama with an Afro. No, they are like a camel with a bouffant. No, they are like … well, figuring out how to describe an alpaca is a bit difficult. “They’re cool to look at,” says Rick Andrews. That’s what Rick thought when he first saw one. Now, he has 65 of them. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence Arts Center to celebrate Mozart, Gershwin and others in ‘Too Much, Too Early’
May 2, 2015
The Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., will celebrate musicians who died before their time with “Too Much, Too Early: Composers who left us in their 30s” at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
KU School of Music faculty to perform in ‘A Spring Fling with Strings’
May 2, 2015
Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive, will host “A Spring Fling with Strings” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. As part of the Dave and Gunda Hiebert Concert Series, the evening will feature the talents of the “Kansas Virtuosi,” a group of musicians from the Kansas University School of Music faculty.
KU Symphonic band to perform Tuesday at the Lied Center
May 2, 2015
The Kansas University Symphonic Band will wrap up the 2014-2015 KU School of Music Lied Center Series with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.
16 construction projects started at air force base
May 1, 2015
Preparations for a new line of KC-46A tankers are keeping construction workers busy at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita.
KU task force suggests reforms to how school handles sexual assault
05:34 p.m., May 1, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Kansas University’s Sexual Assault Task Force on Friday suggested big changes to the way KU handles campus rape. Among them: Create an on-campus center for sexual assault prevention and education, require all freshmen — including fraternity members — to live in residence halls, and clarify in the student code that KU can discipline students for sexual violence that occurred off-campus if the victim was also a student. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas Supreme Court delays death penalty ruling
10:10 a.m., May 1, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
A decision on whether Scott Cheever’s death sentence should be upheld will have to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on three other Kansas cases. Cheever was convicted in the 2005 killing of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels. By Peter Hancock
Gas odor in North Lawrence caused by line repairs at chemical plant
09:57 a.m., May 1, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
The widespread odor of natural gas Thursday night and Friday morning in North Lawrence was caused by line maintenance at ICL Performance Products plant, 440 N 9th St., according to Black Hills Energy.
Today in Lawrence: See the TEDxLawrence show on video
May 1, 2015
Today in Lawrence: See the TEDxLawrence show on video, celebrate dance with Point B’s Dance Carnival, and catch some wild, scenic films.
Sex predator program could move due to labor shortage
April 30, 2015
Persistent staffing problems at Larned State Hospital are driving up costs and leading some lawmakers to consider moving its sexual predator treatment program to a new location.
Kansas toddler hospitalized after being struck by lawn mower
April 30, 2015
A 15-month-old has been flown to a hospital after being struck by a lawn mower in Leavenworth County.
Kansas State awards $500K in grants for global food research
April 30, 2015
Kansas State University has awarded $500,000 in grants to faculty members who are researching way to boost food production as the world population grows.
Search committee for Emporia State’s next president forms
April 30, 2015
The Kansas Board of Regents has appointed a search committee to help find the next president of Emporia State University.
Local food and farm task force plans meeting
April 30, 2015
A Kansas group tasked with preparing a plan to increase locally grown food production plans to get together this week.
Fish and Wildlife finalizes mussel habitat designations
April 30, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week is publishing the final rule for critical habitat designations for two freshwater mussels in Kentucky, Tennessee and 10 other states.
Lawrence ‘Take Back the Night’ march sheds light on sexual assault
08:20 p.m., April 30, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Chrissy Heikkila stood tall Thursday evening, facing dozens of people gathered at the Kansas Union to speak out against sexual assault. Students, community members, children and dogs gathered for “Take Back the Night,” a solidarity march put on by the GaDuGi SafeCenter, a local advocacy group for victims of sexual assault.
Amid budget crisis, some Kansas lawmakers question benefits of tax cuts
06:42 p.m., April 30, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
Three years ago, Kansas lawmakers eliminated income taxes for the owners of more than 300,000 businesses. The goal was to spur more business development and job creation in Kansas. But with the state now facing a massive revenue shortage, even some Republicans are beginning to question whether those tax cuts produced the desired effects. By Peter Hancock