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Lawrence taking precautions after Topeka sewage leaks into Kansas River
12:28 p.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Lawrence city officials say they are taking precautions to safeguard the city’s drinking water after approximately 3 million gallons of raw sewage from Topeka spilled into the Kansas River over the weekend, but officials say the treatment process should protect residents from any health risks.
Lawrence construction firm chosen for Spencer Museum of Art renovation
11:08 a.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
A Lawrence firm, Mar Lan Construction, has been chosen to carry out the first phase of a major renovation project at Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art, the museum announced Tuesday.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital unit focuses on rehabilitation close to home
April 28, 2015
Patients affected by stroke, hip fractures and other debilitating illnesses or injuries are finding hope for returning to a normal lifestyle with the help of the acute rehabilitation unit at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The 12-bed unit is known as the Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness.
Bert Nash Pioneer Award winners champion mental health access
April 28, 2015
Recipients of this year’s Bert Nash Pioneer Award are both pioneers. Each in her own way. Shirley Martin-Smith and Teresa Treanor were honored April 20 during the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center’s annual Pioneer Celebration, which recognizes community leaders for their support of mental health in Douglas County. By Jeff Burkhead
Bert Nash Spirit Award winner was one of state’s first mental health screeners
April 28, 2015
It seemed fitting when Ganis Himes accepted the Sandra Shaw Spirit Award at the Bert Nash Pioneer Celebration on April 20 that she asked her fellow after-hour screeners to join her. By Jeff Burkhead
Report finds demand for conference center in city
April 27, 2015
The idea of a conference center in downtown Lawrence is a couple of steps closer to being debated by the Lawrence City Commission.
$45M sewer plant on tap
April 27, 2015
If Lawrence wants to add another 20,000 residents at some point in the future, city commissioners first must become comfortable with another number: $45 million.
Kansas DOT: More Kansans using seatbelts than ever before
09:52 p.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 09:54 p.m.
The Kansas Department of Transportation says more Kansans are buckling up than ever before.
Poll: Kansas Legislature far to the right of most Kansans
06:14 p.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 09:55 p.m.
A new poll shows most Kansans support expanding Medicaid and legalizing marijuana, and they oppose unrestricted concealed-carry rights. But those views are out of sync with major policies being adopted this year in the Kansas Legislature. By Peter Hancock
Kansas AG seeks up to $450K to defend new anti-abortion law
April 27, 2015
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is telling legislators that defending a new anti-abortion law in court could cost the state up to $450,000.
Kansans watch closely as Supreme Court hears gay marriage cases
04:53 p.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 09:58 p.m.
The question of whether states must allow same-sex marriages could be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court before the case in Kansas ever comes to trial. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in four cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Currently in Kansas, same-sex marriages are only authorized in Douglas and Sedgwick counties while a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban is pending in federal district court. By Peter Hancock
National Bike to School Day coming May 6
03:16 p.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 09:54 p.m.
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is encouraging students to walk or bike to school on May 6 in celebration of National Bike to School Day.
Student poster contest winners to be honored at Tuesday Lawrence City Commission meeting
02:54 p.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 09:49 p.m.
The winners of a poster contest celebrating Lawrence’s neighborhoods will be honored at the Lawrence City Commission meeting Tuesday.
Nepalese students at KU collecting money for earthquake relief
01:03 p.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 09:54 p.m.
Members of the Kansas University Nepalese Student Association are collecting money to help with Nepal earthquake relief. Club members are accepting donations today at a table on Level 4 of the the Kansas Union, where they plan to be until 7 p.m. Donations also can be delivered or mailed to the KU Nepalese Student Association account at Commerce Bank. By Sara Shepherd
Only in Lawrence: Jim Bennett has ‘a passion for language,’ and sharing it
April 26, 2015
Jim Bennett sits quietly near the end of a long table in a side room of the Douglas County Senior Center. He is joined by four of his students. Removing his ball cap and yellow-tinted glasses, Bennett addresses the group. “¡Hola!¿Llueve mucho donde tu vivés?” He greets the class, asking if it is raining. “No, hace sol,” he says, gesturing toward the window to show the class there is sun this day rather than rain. Deliberately, Bennett hands each of his students a single photocopied sheet of paper, the day’s handwritten lesson. Spanish class is about to begin. By Conrad Swanson
Fix-It Chick: How to eradicate pine sawflies
April 26, 2015
If your pine tree is suddenly infested with a black-headed, Medusa-like worm, fear not — chances are the tree is simply hosting a colony of European Pine Sawfly larvae.
Business briefcase for April 27
April 26, 2015
Kansas Public Radio announced the conclusion of its spring membership drive after surpassing its fundraising goal.
Lied Center announces 2015-2016 season
April 26, 2015
The Lied Center of Kansas on Sunday announced its lineup for the 2015-2016 season, which will feature well-known acts such as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Mamma Mia!”, the Branford Marsalis Quartet and many others.
Style and function come together in Chair Show
April 25, 2015
You can look, but you can’t touch. It’s a long-established rule at art museums and galleries around the world. But a new exhibit at Decade coffee shop, 920 Delaware St., invites guests to do more than just view the approximately 25 handcrafted chairs displayed around the store.
Folk musician Rhiannon Giddens turns back the clock
April 25, 2015
On April 14, Rhiannon Giddens sang for President Barack Obama. She shook hands with Obama. She managed to respond coherently when Obama told her he’d listened to her record.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A study in being social
April 25, 2015
I am at the distinguished study group known as the Ventura Club, and the topic of the day is a strawberry dessert with a wonderfully rich graham cracker crust and whipped cream. By Chad Lawhorn
Of mice and machines: Old, new technology mix in genomic research at KU Medical Center
April 25, 2015
A pairing of next-generation and century-old research methods is helping scientists at Kansas University Medical Center learn more about genetic disorders in children. The new is a roughly $1 million machine that can sequence a person’s DNA in as fast as two days. The old has been used in labs for a century or more: watching mice run mazes. By Sara Shepherd
Garden Variety: Check out some seeds at the library
12:00 a.m., April 25, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Gardeners in and around Douglas County have two new resources this spring. The Lawrence Public Library and the Baldwin City Library have opened seed libraries within their facilities to make seeds more accessible to area residents and facilitate the process of seed sharing within the community.
Obama uses hospital funds to leverage Medicaid expansion
April 24, 2015
The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul.
A.G.: Fantasy sports gaming proposal is constitutional
April 24, 2015
A legislative proposal to legalize fantasy sports leagues in Kansas wouldn’t violate a ban on private lotteries in the state constitution, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Friday.
Indian Hills residents concerned for safety after traffic diverted onto 27th Street
07:48 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
Residents of the Indian Hills neighborhood near 27th and Louisiana streets are asking city officials to take action to make their streets safer, and at a neighborhood meeting this week those officials vowed to try. Construction on the South Lawrence Traffic Way closed 31st Street and diverted city traffic to 27th Street. Resident Laura Gloeckner said their formerly kid-friendly neighborhood street has turned into a dangerous bypass for drivers looking to avoid the stoplights and traffic on 23rd Street.
KU professor named one of first Carnegie fellows
05:07 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York has selected a Kansas University professor as one of the first recipients of its new fellowship for social sciences and humanities. Greg Cushman, associate professor of history and environmental studies, is one of 32 scholars chosen from more than 300 nominees for the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship inaugural class.
City to choose Corliss’ assistant manager as interim leader for Lawrence
03:39 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
The search for a new top executive at Lawrence City Hall is heating up. Lawrence City commissioners are set to appoint Diane Stoddard, a current assistant city manager for Lawrence, as interim city manager. Commissioners are scheduled to approve her contract at Tuesday evening’s meeting. The appointment will be the first major step in the process of finding a replacement for City Manager David Corliss, who is resigning to take a town manager job in Colorado. By Chad Lawhorn
Trial for man charged in alleged downtown sexual assault moved to November
03:06 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Previously scheduled to begin May 4, the trial for a 53-year-old Lawrence man charged with aggravated sexual battery and aggravated criminal sodomy was pushed out on Friday until Nov. 2.
Four Lawrence high school students honored for their artwork
10:43 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Four Lawrence high school students have been recognized with awards for their work in the visual arts, the Lawrence Arts Center said in a release.