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Guns a hot issue for Democrats in Kansas governor’s race

TOPEKA — Democrats running for Kansas governor are falling in line with the national gun-control movement stirring the party's liberal base, even if it means disavowing a loosening of gun laws in recent years that had been playing well in their gun-friendly state. The top three Democratic ...

How the abortion issue threatens to divide Democrats

TOPEKA — Although abortion has been a lightning-rod issue that has been dividing the Kansas Republican Party for decades, in the 2018 primaries, it’s an issue that threatens to divide Kansas Democrats, as well. In the primary race for governor, state Sen. Laura Kelly has been blasting one ...

Fire damages Lawrence trailer home

Firefighters put out a fire inside a trailer home Friday in Lawrence. Smoke coming from the mobile home was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the trailer community at 100 Arkansas Street, said Division Chief and Fire Marshal James King of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical. When ...

Kobach, Colyer exchange strong criticisms during Kansas GOP debate

OVERLAND PARK — The last party-sponsored debate between GOP candidates for Kansas governor grew heated as Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Gov. Jeff Colyer spent much of the evening criticizing each other and audience members frequently booed. The debate Thursday night at Johnson County ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 13

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. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 199 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

The Commons, Spencer Museum release first statement since flag artwork’s removal

The Spencer Museum of Art and The Commons have released a joint statement on the controversy surrounding "Untitled (Flag 2)," the American flag-inspired artwork they brought to the University of Kansas as part of a nationwide public art project. Their joint statement marks the first time the ...

Man reportedly tries to abduct jogger on Lawrence nature trail

A man reportedly attacked and tried to abduct a woman jogging early Thursday morning on the Prairie Park Nature Center trail in eastern Lawrence, police say. The suspect may have been intending sexual assault, based on additional actions he took, according to a Lawrence Police Department news ...

Westar launches new program to sell wind energy to commercial customers

TOPEKA - Westar Energy is about to launch a new program that will allow large commercial customers to lock in a portion of their electric rates for up to 20 years if they agree to purchase energy from a soon-to-be developed wind farm in Nemaha County, northeast of Manhattan. The Kansas ...