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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.
Auditor praises city for efforts on Rock Chalk Park project
March 2, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners and their private partners on the controversial Rock Chalk Park sports complex received a glowing report from a city-hired auditor on Monday. By Chad Lawhorn
February report: Economic growth likely in Midwest, Plains
March 2, 2015
Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on Monday.
Kansas Supreme Court sets deadline for school finance motions
09:48 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Plaintiffs in the ongoing school finance lawsuit have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file a motion stating whether they want the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the latest lower court order, or if they want the case to stay in the hands of a three-judge panel which has been asked to reconsider its last decision. By Peter Hancock
District, teachers begin negotiations for 2015-16 school year
08:51 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Teams for the Lawrence school district and the local teachers union met Monday to begin negotiations for teacher contracts for the 2015-16 school year.
Former home builder, mechanic and racer builds motorcycle out of wood
March 2, 2015
Back in their heyday, Leroy Mize and Jerry Casebier would grab their wives, hop on their motorcycles and travel across the country. Now 73 years old, Mize said he’s too old to ride or race, but he’s found another way to combine his love of woodworking and machinery. For the past three and a half years, Mize said he’s been building a 1965 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle out of oak and walnut. By Conrad Swanson
Jenkins supports Israeli prime minister’s controversial speech to Congress
06:51 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress has ignited controversy in Washington, and in Jewish communities throughout the United States, including Lawrence. But U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins says she looks forward to his appearance Tuesday and does not think it’s a violation of protocol. By Peter Hancock
Firefighters investigating cause of house fire at Louisiana and West 21st streets
06:19 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 08:24 p.m.
Investigators are working to find the cause of a fire that destroyed much of a house at 2040 Louisiana St. on Monday night.
Westar asking Kansas regulators for $152M rate increase
March 2, 2015
The largest supplier of electricity in Kansas is asking state regulators to increase its rates by $152 million annually to cover upgrades at power plants and other costs.
Visiting KU professor shares Israeli perception of Netanyahu visit
05:28 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Many Israelis are cynical about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States, viewing it as an attempt to drum up popularity for his reelection that could even harm Israel’s relationship with America, a Kansas University visiting professor says. While Israelis see party politics of one kind — Netanyahu’s Likud v. Herzog’s Zionist Union — many Americans are talking about other party politics in connection with the visit — Republican v. Democrat. By Sara Shepherd
LMH named in top 100 hospitals for third year running
04:45 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 05:04 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital has been named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals in the country for the third year in a row.
Kansas lawmakers to focus on resolving budget, tax issues
04:02 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
Kansas legislators have their own form of March Madness, when they focus on building the next state budget after their annual session has cleared its midpoint.
Officials fear Kansas is complacent about tornado season
12:49 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
Weather officials in Kansas are worried that the state’s lack of tornados last year will make citizens complacent going into tornado season this spring.
Bond amounts set on case-by-case basis
March 1, 2015
When reviewing bond amounts set for defendants in Douglas County, it can be a bit confusing. While one defendant charged with a DUI may receive a $250 bond, another may get a $500 bond. That’s because according to Kansas statute, the decision is left entirely up to the judge. Judges must base their decision on a number of factors, balancing the defendant’s needs with the safety of the community, but there are no official guidelines of which crimes come with what bond amounts. By Caitlin Doornbos
Academic freedom: Scholarly concept sparks lively mainstream debate
March 1, 2015
Academic freedom is a source of lively debate right now among some at Kansas University, where the cases of two faculty members have propelled the term out of academia and into mainstream headlines. And KU is not the only school with academic freedom disputes making the news. By Sara Shepherd
Only in Lawrence: Janet Johnson’s keys unlock youth music potential
March 1, 2015
Janet Johnson spent a portion of her Thursday afternoon teaching a small group of young girls how to find Middle C on the piano. Deliberately, Johnson drew the five lines of the staff on a small blackboard. Her students watched, smiles on their faces, as they sat cross-legged on the carpet. By Conrad Swanson
KPR host Laura Lorson to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’
March 1, 2015
As moderator of “Quest,” a televised quiz bowl competition for Kansas high school students, Laura Lorson is used to dishing out tough questions. On Wednesday, audiences nationwide can watch Lorson as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” — where she’ll be the one on the hot seat.
Fix-It Chick: How to repair a toilet’s closet flange
March 1, 2015
Beneath the bathroom toilet, covered with a layer of wax, lies one of the more important pieces of the plumbing puzzle: the closet flange.
Kansas school funding plan aimed at ending budget surprises
March 1, 2015
Top Republican officials in Kansas who hope to eliminate a budget deficit while sustaining personal income tax cuts are working on a plan to overhaul the state’s system for funding public schools in a way that would prevent unanticipated demands for new spending.
Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate, to visit KU
March 1, 2015
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will speak and read from selected works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The event, titled “Poetry and History: An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014) Natasha Trethewey,” is free and open to the public.
Racial divide: Theatre Lawrence, KU Theatre collaboration examines race, property
March 1, 2015
If talking about race makes you uncomfortable, it may be time to ask yourself why. That’s the idea behind Theatre Lawrence’s current production, “Clybourne Park,” which opened Friday and is being staged in conjunction with KU Theatre’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”
Behind the Lens: How to survive a court-storming
March 1, 2015
If my calculations are correct, Kansas University men’s basketball opponents are more or less good for about three to four court-stormings a season. I’ve learned a few things about how to protect myself and how to convey the gravity of the moment without getting trampled.
Business Briefcase for March 2
March 1, 2015
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has announced Heck Land Company, Mar Lan Construction, YWCA Northeast Kansas and the Voter Education Coalition as new members of the organization.
Kansas City Connection: Women artists, puppets and Sporting KC
March 1, 2015
The Epsten Gallery is much smaller and lesser known than institutions like the Nelson-Atkins, Kemper or Nerman museums. But the gallery, located in the center of Overland Park’s Village Shalom assisted living facility, is currently hosting one of the most interesting exhibitions in the city.