Kansas and regional news

Education officials ponder application of Rose standards in school finance case
March 18, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court set out a new standard recently for determining whether the state has met its obligation to provide adequate funding for public schools. But it has left some education officials in the state curious about how the new standard will actually work in deciding how much money schools should get. By Peter Hancock
Tonganoxie man ticketed for painting traditional St. Patrick’s Day stripe through downtown
March 17, 2014
A green stripe has been painted down Fourth Street all but one year of the St. Patrick’s Parade through downtown Tonganoxie.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
March 15, 2014
Construction projects listed are now available in a map format at
Bert Nash trying to get mental health program back into all Lawrence schools
March 15, 2014
Officials at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center are still working to get the Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities program, or WRAP, program back into the entire Lawrence school district, years after it became a victim of budget cuts. They say WRAP helps reduce violence, suicides and bullying by identifying — and treating — students with mental illnesses at an early age. By Giles Bruce
After 37 years on lam, killer caught in Florida
March 14, 2014
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — In the nearly 40 years after he escaped from the maximum-security military prison at Fort Leavenworth, convicted killer James Robert Jones carved out a new life for himself in Florida, living under an assumed name, getting married and working for an air conditioning company.
Moody’s calls school finance ruling a ‘credit negative’ for Kansas
March 14, 2014
Moody’s Investors Service said the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling last week casts a negative outlook on the state’s credit. The credit rating agency said the court’s ruling adds pressure to state finances that are already stressed due to recent tax cuts. By Peter Hancock
Jenkins: No immigration reform until White House or Senate changes hands
March 11, 2014
Rep. Lynn Jenkins said the U.S. House will not consider immigration reform until there’s a new president or Republicans take control of the Senate. She says GOP leaders in the House have no trust in President Barack Obama. By Peter Hancock
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
March 8, 2014
Construction projects listed are now available in a map format at
The Tonganoxie Split: Myth lacks scientific backing but remains intriguing mystery
March 8, 2014
If many people ever truly believed in the Tonganoxie Split, it’s a good bet that number dropped on May 11, 2000. That’s when — instead of being waylaid by any natural terrain or old Indian curses — a tornado twisted through the little Leavenworth County town, causing $2.1 million in damage to more than 200 homes. Anymore, the Split is generally accepted as folklore instead of a weather phenomenon. By Sara Shepherd
Supreme Court upholds lifetime post-release supervision in Lawrence case
March 7, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the lifetime post-release supervision of a Lawrence man who is serving time for raping a child.
International military officers take in culture, talk issues at KU
March 7, 2014
The world seemed suddenly small Friday inside a cozy conference room in Wescoe Hall. Military officers from eight European countries and Canada conversed candidly with a few students and a professor about everything from cybersecurity to women in their respective militaries. Elsewhere around Kansas University, officers from more than 30 other countries worldwide, also grouped by continent, were doing the same thing. By Sara Shepherd
Insurance department allows insurers to extend health plans that aren’t compliant with ACA
March 7, 2014
The Kansas Insurance Department has given the OK to insurers in the state that they can continue to renew health insurance policies that don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, a day after President Obama extended the deadline until October 2016.
Marble Crazy back this weekend for 15th year of madness
March 6, 2014
Two purple jellyfish swim over a field of pink jewel anemone, blue tube sponges, a cluster of East Pacific pink coral and a stand of purple-tipped anemone. This is not the description of a National Geographic video of a coral reef; rather, it’s an intricate glass sculpture by artist Cathy Richardson, the featured artist at this weekend’s Marble Crazy in Bonner Springs. By Caroline Boyer
Jenkins’ bill to delay Obamacare mandate passes House
March 5, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins sponsored the bill that would delay by one year the mandate that individuals carry health insurance or pay a tax penalty. Jenkins called it a matter of fairness since the Obama administration has delayed mandates that large- and medium-sized employers provide health coverage to their workers. It was the 50th time the U.S. House has voted to delay, defund or repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act. By Peter Hancock
Obama budget has $300M for Kansas NBAF project
March 4, 2014
President Barack Obama is proposing Congress provide another infusion of cash to continue construction of a new biosecurity lab in Kansas. The president’s budget was announced Tuesday and includes $300 million for the Department of Homeland Security to continue work on the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility under construction near Kansas State University.
U.S. Supreme Court deals setback to Kobach on two illegal immigration ordinances
10:49 a.m., March 4, 2014 Updated 03:05 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand rulings that block two city ordinances aimed at illegal immigration that were defended by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. By Scott Rothschild
As Kansas weighs restrictions on sex ed, sexuality experts say it’s already inadequate
March 4, 2014
As the Kansas Legislature discusses restricting how sex education can be taught across the state, some sexuality experts say the programs are already inadequate in preparing students for adulthood. By Giles Bruce
Farm workshop series on tap for April start in Douglas County
March 3, 2014
A farm just north of Lawrence will be the site of the kickoff of a four-part workshop series planned by the Kansas Rural Center that will focus on building and using plastic-covered tunnels to enhance crop production and extend growing seasons.
Kansas insurance boss Praeger speaks in Lawrence on Medicaid expansion
March 2, 2014
Kansas Insurance Commissioner and former mayor of Lawrence Sandy Praeger spoke to a group at the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence about the need for Kansas to expand Medicaid coverage Sunday morning.