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President Trump OKs disaster funds for more than half of Kansas

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration covering more than half of the Kansas' 105 counties. The federal assistance approved Thursday will provide service and funds to help recovery from severe weather that began on April 28 and included tornadoes and ...

Violent winds down power lines, trees and branches around Lawrence

Story updated at 6 p.m. Friday A strong thunderstorm raced through Lawrence about 9:30 a.m. Friday, downing power lines, trees and branches. As of 6 p.m., Westar Energy's website was reporting power outages at 1,211 households around the city. As many as 7,700 customers were without power on ...

KU chancellor waiting for news on NCAA investigations like everyone else

The top official at the University of Kansas, like everyone else, is waiting to see whether the KU athletics program will receive allegations of major recruiting violations. KU Chancellor Douglas Girod told the Journal-World Wednesday at a Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Topeka that the ...

KU garden of native medicinal plants to hold summer solstice tour on Friday

On the longest day of the year, a University of Kansas research program is inviting the public to get outdoors and learn more about some plants that only bloom in the summer. The KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden will host a summer tour at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The event, which is free and ...

Ex-Senate leader to help lead Kansas governor’s tax study

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is giving a key role in a study of Kansas tax laws to a former Republican state Senate leader who was ousted after conflicts with one of her GOP predecessors over tax cuts. Kelly announced Thursday that former Senate President Steve Morris will serve as ...

KU architecture dean leaving to become president of Boston Architectural College

A University of Kansas dean is leaving his post to become the top official of another institution. Mahesh Daas, leader of KU’s School of Architecture and Design, will leave to become the next president of Boston Architectural College, interim provost Carl Lejuez said in a message to campus ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 20

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. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 187 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

ACLU attacks restrictions on protests in Kansas Statehouse

Story updated at 3:23 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge Wednesday to make it easier to protest inside the Kansas Statehouse, as some members of the Republican-controlled Legislature worry that liberal demonstrators have become increasingly ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 19

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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 177 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Rain eases up in June, but ‘it’s hard to say what will happen’

Rainfall totals for June are not adding up to be as wet as May was in Lawrence, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka. May was the fifth wettest month on record, with 10.13 inches of rain recorded at the University of Kansas weather observing station. The monthly average for the ...