Lawrence school board advances tax cut, rebate for apartment project
July 28, 2014
The Lawrence school board on Monday advanced both a district budget that includes a property tax decrease and a tax rebate for a proposed high-dollar apartment building aimed at housing Kansas University students. By Scott Rothschild
Death penalty case rulings prompt legislative ire
July 28, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court’s decision to overturn two brothers’ death sentences for a notorious robbery, rape and killing rampage will likely fuel another push by conservative Republicans to give the governor and legislators more say in how the justices are chosen.
Davis leads Brownback in fundraising, polls show undecided race
July 28, 2014
New campaign finance reports show Democrat Paul Davis’ campaign has raised about 50 percent more money than incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback since Jan. 1. Those reports come on the heels of mixed polls showing the race is far from decided. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence board member named director of school foundation, will resign from board
July 28, 2014
Lawrence school board member Adina Morse has been selected as the next executive director of the Lawrence Schools Foundation, which provides funding to benefit students and teachers.
Senate challenger says he has enough signatures to get on ballot as independent candidate
10:59 a.m., July 28, 2014 Updated 01:36 p.m.
Johnson County businessman Greg Orman announced Monday that he has gathered enough petition signatures to file as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate. Kansas law requires people to gather signatures from at least 10,000 registered voters to run as an independent in a statewide election, and Orman said his campaign crossed that threshold Monday.
Health care law is top issue in 5-way primary for Kansas insurance commissioner
July 26, 2014
Five Republicans are vying for the nomination for insurance commissioner, and all say they oppose the federal health law known as Obamacare. They hope to succeed Sandy Praeger, a Lawrence Republican who has been a vocal supporter of the law. By Peter Hancock
Betty Jo Charlton, former state representative from Lawrence, dies
July 25, 2014
Betty Jo Charlton, the first woman state legislator from Lawrence, died Tuesday. She was 91.
Advance voting continues
July 25, 2014
Advance voting for the Aug. 5 primary continues this weekend and next week.
Lawrence college students holding garage sale to benefit Heartland
July 25, 2014
Two college students are holding a garage sale this weekend to benefit a local safety-net clinic.
Kansas court overturns brothers’ death sentences
10:03 a.m., July 25, 2014 Updated 04:15 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled 6-1 Friday to vacate the death sentences of two brothers convicted of multiple homicides in Wichita in December 2000. By Peter Hancock
Roberts touts farm expertise as Wolf criticizes ad
July 24, 2014
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is touting his expertise in agriculture policy as he runs for re-election in the nation’s leading wheat-producing state, and tea party challenger Milton Wolf’s campaign accused him Thursday of trying to exploit geographical tensions with a new radio ad in western Kansas.
State audits being delayed because of lack of auditors
July 24, 2014
A legislative committee says internal legislator requests for audits of various state interests are being delayed because of a lack of auditors.
Kansans to receive more than $3.6 million in insurance reimbursements under Obamacare
July 24, 2014
Nearly 60,000 Kansans are expected to receive more than $3.6 million in reimbursements from their insurance companies under a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
Kansas regents want schools focusing on tuition requests sooner
July 23, 2014
Kansas Board of Regents members have told public university leaders to start working on next year’s tuition proposals now. By Scott Rothschild ,/b>
Senate candidate Wolf claims Board of Healing Arts probe is part of political smear campaign
02:55 p.m., July 23, 2014 Updated 05:11 p.m.
Milton Wolf, the Tea Party-backed candidate for U.S. Senate, is under investigation by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts for posting graphic X-ray images and comments about gunshot victims on a personal Facebook page, according to one newspaper report. But Wolf says it’s part of a smear campaign being orchestrated by Republican rival Sen. Pat Roberts and by one specific member of the board. By Peter Hancock