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Foes of expanding Medicaid to lead Kansas health committees

TOPEKA — Health committees in the Kansas Legislature will be led by two conservative Republican lawmakers from Wichita who oppose expanding the state's Medicaid program. GOP leaders' appointments of Rep. Brenda Landwehr and Sen. Gene Suellentrop will complicate Democratic Gov.-elect Laura ...

Lawrence and area events for Wednesday, Dec. 26

Today, Dec. 26 Red Dog Workout, 6 a.m., Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. 1 Million Cups, 9-10 a.m., Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St. 150 Themed Trees, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Territorial Capital Museum, 640 E. Woodson Ave., Lecompton. Kaw Valley Bridge Club: Open Pairs, 12:30 p.m., ...

Baker University minister ready for adventure, new duties in Antarctica

Like many area snowbirds, Kevin Hopkins will take leave of Kansas for January and February to head south. But Hopkins, Baker University's campus minister, will travel so far south that he will actually chase down the sun and not experience a sunset until halfway through February. Hopkins ...

Rep.-elect Steve Watkins announces several staff appointments

Topeka — U.S. Rep.-elect Steve Watkins has appointed members of his predecessor’s staff and a state Republican Party official to key positions in his congressional office. The GOP congressman has announced that Jim Joice will serve as communications director. Joice has been the Kansas ...

Staff alleges violence, sex abuse at Kansas juvenile prison

Topeka — Allegations of violence between staff members and sexual relationships between workers and underage inmates at Kansas’ only juvenile corrections facility were uncovered during a state audit prompted by allegations that a former superintendent of the center assaulted an ...

Lawrence police blotter for Dec. 25

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 125 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence and area events for Tuesday, Dec. 25

Today, Dec. 25 Community Christmas Dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St. Want to see your event listed here? Email us at datebook@ljworld.com. Wednesday, Dec. 26 Red Dog Workout, 6 a.m., Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. 1 Million Cups, ...

Friends & Neighbors: Lawrence man finishes his first 5K

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Friends & Neighbors: Cadets stand watch

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‘A moral disaster’: AP reveals scope of migrant kids program

Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant children in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, ...

Friends & Neighbors: Paddle trip

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KU architecture students win international honor for eco-friendly house

Keeping with the simplicity of the sleek, glass-walled house, a plain wreath hangs from the front door at 1224 E. 12th St. In September Chad and Elissa Turner moved into the East Lawrence house that was designed and built by KU School of Architecture students enrolled in Studio 804. Months ...

Fewer women will hold seats in Kansas Legislature next year

Topeka — Fewer women won seats this election for the Kansas Legislature at a time when more women captured legislative seats nationwide. The Wichita Eagle reports Kansas had been above the national average in terms of the percentage of legislative seats held by women, but the state will fall ...