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I’m a Kansas Guy’: Thousands greet Obama during KU visit
January 22, 2015
President Barack Obama used Kansas University as a stage to campaign for budget proposals that he says are aimed at lifting the middle class. More than 7,000 people cheered as Obama called for expanding access to early childhood education and higher education, and economic development measures aimed at raising wages for American workers. By Peter Hancock
Why were ticket holders turned away from Obama’s speech at KU? President was in the building
04:01 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Dozens of people who had tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday at Kansas University were turned away at the door, starting about an hour before Obama took the podium. The facility wasn’t over capacity, organizers say. Rather, the day’s schedule fluctuates to accommodate the President’s movements, and at that time the President was in the building.
Holiday Inn employees had a week to prepare for Obama’s stay in Lawrence
03:50 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
Will Kimble knew President Barack Obama would be staying at Lawrence’s Holiday Inn, 200 McDonald Drive, about a week before the presidential motorcade arrived at the hotel’s doors, but he wasn’t allowed to tell anybody.
Abortion foes expected to converge on Kansas Statehouse
10:27 a.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
Hundreds of abortion opponents are expected to converge at the Kansas Statehouse for a rally marking the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion across the nation.
President Obama arrives in Lawrence for speech at KU on Thursday
January 21, 2015
President Barack Obama arrived in Lawrence on Wednesday night in advance of a speech he will deliver on the Kansas University campus Thursday.
Select KU, Haskell students get word they’ll have preferred seating at Obama event
04:06 p.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
Securing a ticket just to be in the same — giant — room with President Barack Obama had thousands of Kansas University students giddy on Tuesday. Imagine the excitement of a select number getting a special spot. “I couldn’t even breathe,” junior Ramiro Sarmiento said of receiving a message he was selected to stand in a group behind Obama when he delivers remarks at KU. “I can’t wait. I saw the State of the Union yesterday and got really excited … for everything that’s to come in the future.”
Plan for state to take over OSHA enforcement still has some support
03:53 p.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
Support for the idea of having the state take over enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Act lost more steam in a Senate committee when members learned it could not be used as a way to scale back workplace health and safety rules. But the idea may still be alive in the Kansas House. By Peter Hancock
Abortion foes push new bills in Kansas, Congress
January 21, 2015
Buoyed by conservative gains in the November election, foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in Congress and several state legislatures that would further curtail women’s access to the procedure.
Kansas children’s activists push back on budget transfers
January 21, 2015
Children’s advocates are pushing back against a move to transfer funds out of the Kansas Endowment for Youth Fund to fill state budget shortfalls.
Medical marijuana supporters to make case to Kansas Senate
08:34 a.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
The Senate’s Public Health and Welfare Committee is to hear testimony this week from supporters and opponents of medical marijuana.
2 Kansas lawmakers push outlawing ‘revenge porn’
08:32 a.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Two Kansas lawmakers are pushing similar bills that would make it illegal to post nude photos or videos of a former spouse or significant other on the Internet without permission.
Obama outlines higher education initiatives in State of the Union address
09:39 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
President Barack Obama laid out several proposals Tuesday night to make higher education more affordable to lower and middle-income families. He will be in Lawrence on Thursday to drum up public support for those ideas during an 11:20 a.m. speech at Anschutz Sports Pavilion on the Kansas University campus. By Peter Hancock
Democrats still studying Brownback’s budget plan
06:37 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Four days after Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his budget plan for the next two years, Democratic leaders in the Kansas Legislature still have not issued a formal response. But some rank-and-file members, as well as some Republicans, say parts of the plan could be a tough sell this year. By Peter Hancock
Lawmakers concerned about costs of proposed Clean Power Plan
05:46 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
The Obama administration is proposing new clean air regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. But state utility regulators told a legislative committee Tuesday that the result could be huge rate increases for consumers, prompting some lawmakers to consider challenging the proposed new rules in court. By Peter Hancock
Thousands in Lawrence brave lines for ‘golden ticket’ to Obama’s speech
11:28 a.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
For admission to what several described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, thousands of Kansas University students got up early and stood in line a long time. “He’s the president,” said law student Brian Vanorsby, who arrived at 4 a.m. and was second in line. “I can say I was in the same room as him — a big room, but the same nonetheless.” Free-but-limited tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech at KU, set for Thursday morning at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, were made available starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. By Sara Shepherd