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Colorado defends pot law, says states free to legalize weed
03:41 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:39 p.m.
States are free to legalize marijuana, Colorado argued Friday in a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit from neighboring states that have asked the nation’s highest court to shut down Colorado’s pot law.
Kansas appeals voter citizenship lawsuit to US Supreme Court
March 26, 2015
Kansas and Arizona have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to force federal elections officials to require residents of their states to prove their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote.
Big bills to view public documents discourage public access
March 13, 2015
The public’s right to see government records is coming at an ever-increasing price, as authorities set fees and hourly charges that often prevent information from flowing.
Ferguson city manager ousted after Justice Department report
March 11, 2015
The Ferguson City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution to part ways with City Manager John Shaw following a scathing Justice Department report that alleged racial bias in the city police department and court system.
Kochs say no to Dems’ probe into climate research funding
March 11, 2015
The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers with information on whether it has paid for climate change research.
11 service members presumed dead in Black Hawk crash in Florida
March 11, 2015
Seven Marines and four soldiers aboard an Army helicopter that crashed over waters off Florida during a routine night training mission were presumed dead Wednesday as fog hampered crews’ search efforts, a military official said.
Regulators OK ‘net neutrality’ rules for Internet providers
February 26, 2015
Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission.

World news

English teachers from Vietnam sharpen skills on KU campus
06:40 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Nga Luu teaches English to gifted high schoolers in her home country of Vietnam, but she never had the chance to visit an English speaking country until now. Luu is one of 13 Vietnamese teachers spending this school year on the Kansas University campus. By Sara Shepherd
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
After days of terror, French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostages
January 9, 2015
With explosions and gunfire, security forces ended a three-day terror rampage around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper, and an associate who seized a kosher supermarket to try to help them escape.
KU professors discuss deadly terrorist attack at Paris newspaper
02:23 p.m., January 7, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
Sadly, Kansas University professor Don Haider-Markel will have fresh material when students arrive in his Extremist Groups and Government Response class later this month. Wednesday’s shooting that killed a dozen people at the Paris office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo will probably be one of the first example cases he discusses, he said. Haider-Markel is a professor of political science whose specialty is public policy, including counter-terrorism. He shared reactions to the Paris killings Wednesday, along with KU’s Raj Bhala, associate dean for International and Comparative Law and Rice Distinguished Professor at the School of Law. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence couple’s organization making strides to rebuild, sustain HIV-stricken African community
August 22, 2014
When Jenny Peck and Geoff Knight arrived in Tanzania in 2006, their area’s HIV rate was about 35 percent but virtually no one was seeking treatment for it. Less than 10 years later, they say, 2,500 people are in treatment. That’s just one of the milestones the Lawrence couple count as a point of pride for Mufindi Orphans, a charity for which they are the directors and bridge to resources from the United States. They are in town now giving presentations about their efforts in hopes of drumming up financial support, medical volunteers and other partnerships. By Sara Shepherd
KU law students create organization to provide clothing, blankets to Bangladesh poor
March 20, 2014
Two students from the Kansas University School of Law traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, last summer. While visiting with residents of Dhaka’s slums, they formed the idea of starting a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing people in the country with basic necessities such as clothing and blankets. This week, their organization, United Across Borders, will kick off its “Buy a Shirt — Give a Shirt” program, and donation drives will be held later this spring at KU and its 63 Alumni Association chapters. By Nikki Wentling
Lawrence woman attends public viewing of Nelson Mandela’s casket
December 15, 2013
A Lawrence woman was one of 100,000 people who viewed the body of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa this week. Donna Reynolds, 61, of Lawrence, has been volunteering near Johannesburg for six months. On Thursday, she stood in a three-hour line to catch a glimpse of Mandela’s remains. “Mostly, the feeling was one of celebration,” Reynolds said. By Nikki Wentling