Kansas and regional news

Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Buying big at the Midland Farm Store
April 18, 2015
It is another day in the life of a big retail executive. Jill Tregemba is co-owner of the Midland Farm Store, which of course is big retail. It is the largest farm store at Midland Junction, although to be clear, we’re not talking about height here. The grain elevator next door is clearly taller.By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas authorizes $1 billion in bonds for pension system
April 17, 2015
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill authorizing $1 billion in bonds to bolster Kansas’ pension system for teachers and government workers.
Kansas Supreme Court to consider marijuana ballot dispute
April 17, 2015
The state’s highest court has taken up the dispute over the legality of a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession.
State board of education holds off on teacher licensure proposal
04:56 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
The Kansas State Board of Education instructed a group of school districts to revise a proposal that would allow them to bypass licensure regulations when hiring teachers. By Elliot Hughes
New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits
09:55 a.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 01:27 p.m.
A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items. More than 20 other states have such lists. But the one included by the Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature in a bill signed Thursday by GOP Gov. Sam Brownback appears to be the most exhaustive, according to state Department for Children and Families officials.
Topeka offers state’s first public bike-sharing program
09:41 a.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:52 a.m.
The state’s first public bike-sharing program has begun rolling in Topeka. The Topeka Metro Bikes program kicked off Wednesday afternoon with a brief ceremony on the Washburn University campus. It offers 100 bicycles for anyone to use for short-term recreation or commuting in the state’s capital city.
Museum to celebrate anniversary of ‘Dark Command’ with free screenings
April 16, 2015
The Watkins Museum of History will screen “Dark Command,” a 1940 Western starring John Wayne loosely based on Quantrill’s Raid in Lawrence, for free this Saturday.
Eudora School District to hold public forum on budget cuts tonight
April 15, 2015
The Eudora School Board will host a meeting Wednesday night to discuss plans to balance the district’s budget for 2015-2016.
Wichita considering free lunch and breakfast at 6 schools
April 15, 2015
The Wichita school district is considering a program that would offer free breakfast and lunch for all students at six schools next year.
Overland Park approves 165-mile bicycle network
09:25 a.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:15 a.m.
Overland Park officials have approved spending $27 million over several years to install 165 miles of bicycle lanes throughout the city.
Kansas State Board of Education to vote on allowing ‘innovative’ districts to hire unlicensed teachers
05:05 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
The Kansas State Board of Education on Thursday will vote on whether to allow designated school districts to hire unlicensed individuals for teaching positions. By Elliot Hughes
Kansas urges dismissal of federal lawsuit over gay marriage
03:46 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
Kansas argues in a new court filing that same-sex couples’ ability to obtain marriage licenses in many counties should prompt a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by gay and lesbian couples.
Anthem subsidiaries face lawsuit in Kansas over data breach
April 13, 2015
A former candidate for Kansas governor said Monday that he and other attorneys who are suing two subsidiaries of Anthem Inc. can show that individuals were harmed after hackers breached the health insurer’s computer networks.
Drought takes toll on winter wheat in western Kansas
04:37 p.m., April 13, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
Rains which swept through parts of Kansas this weekend missed vast stretches of parched winter wheat crops in western Kansas.
Kansas government agency slams ‘left’ in Facebook post on welfare reform
03:41 p.m., April 13, 2015 Updated 08:37 p.m.
The Kansas Department of Children and Families was criticized by Democrats on Monday for a post on its Facebook page saying “the left” had mocked the state and impeded progress on welfare reform. The agency said the comment was appropriate.
Rural residents may have little recourse for gun noise
April 12, 2015
Alan Miller, who lives near Vinland, says the once-peaceful area known for its large homes and rural setting now sounds like a “war zone” when his neighbor starts shooting his high-powered rifles and other guns. But there may be little that he or the county can do, because the state of Kansas has largely pre-empted local governments from enacting ordinances restricting gun use. By Peter Hancock
Kansas ponders new protections for campus religious groups
April 12, 2015
Kansas legislators could enact new legal protections for faith-based groups on state college campuses, even though the state already has a religious objections law.
Meet the Journal-World’s 2015 Academic All-Star team
April 12, 2015
Since 1997, the Lawrence Journal-World has invited principals and counselors from public and private schools in the area to nominate their most industrious soon-to-be-graduating students for the annual Academic All-Star team.
Role of a lifetime: Retired KU professor revives one-man William Allen White play
April 11, 2015
When “The Sage of Emporia” premiered in March 1981, its star, Jack Wright, had to spend four hours in the makeup chair in order to convincingly portray a 74-year-old William Allen White. Fast-forward a couple of decades, Wright jokes, and the process takes about four minutes.