Today’s news

All stories

Hallmark seeks to cut 200 jobs in next several months
March 31, 2015
Hallmark Cards is offering a buyout program as it tries to cut 200 jobs by this summer.
Record soybean acres expected, corn acres to drop
March 31, 2015
Farmers are expected to plant a record number of soybean acres this year, but fewer acres of corn as profit potential for the grain remains low due to slumping prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday in its first report of the new crop season.
City hears that police HQ project could delay street projects, reduce parks and rec funding
09:31 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
If Lawrence voters want to build a new police headquarters without raising taxes, they may have to live with less spending for parks and recreation and the delay of several major road projects, according to a new plan put together by City Hall leaders. By Chad Lawhorn
Bill would end property tax exemptions for pipelines
06:02 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
A Kansas Senate committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would sunset a 2006 law that gives 10-year property tax exemptions for oil and gas pipelines. That law was spearheaded by former Rep. Carl Holmes, R-Liberal, to benefit the Keystone XL pipeline that runs through Kansas. But some believe the bill to repeal it could become a vehicle for amendments aimed at filling the state’s estimated $600 million budget gap. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence man’s soon-to-be ex-wife testifies he sodomized her
06:01 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:12 p.m.
A 38-year-old Lawrence man was bound over for trial Tuesday on one charge of aggravated criminal sodomy after his ex-wife testified at a preliminary hearing that he sodomized her.
Martin Miller retrial: Still no jury after second day of voir dire
05:47 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:08 p.m.
The second day of jury selection in the retrial of Martin Miller, charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife more than 10 years ago, concluded Tuesday with 48 potential jurors selected for the jury panel. A Douglas County jury convicted Miller, 56, in 2005 of first-degree murder in the July 28, 2004, death of Mary E. Miller, 46, at the family’s central Lawrence home. The Kansas Court of Appeals ruled in February 2014 that Miller should get a new trial based on errors in the jury instructions during his initial trial.
Kansas City Democrat target of GOP complaint for remarks on immigrant tuition measure
04:56 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
Nine Republicans on the House Education Committee have filed a formal complaint against Democratic Rep. Valdenia Winn, of Kansas City, alleging that she accused them of being racist. The comments came during debate on a bill to repeal in-state tuition for Kansas residents who are undocumented immigrants. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Senate panel approves bill to overhaul civil service
03:35 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
A Kansas Senate committee has approved a bill that could shrink the state’s civil service system and lessen job protections for government employees.
City Commission candidates debate downtown parking issues at forum
03:07 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:08 p.m.
Improving the availability of parking in downtown Lawrence is likely on the to-do list of the next City Commission, but candidates on Tuesday weren’t of the same mind on how to get the job done. By Chad Lawhorn
First lady asks kids to step up for healthy lunch challenge
March 31, 2015
Know any kids with a knack for making healthy lunches? Michelle Obama might invite them to the White House.
Construction expected to slow traffic at 14th and Haskell on Wednesday
02:41 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Motorists should expect traffic delays on Wednesday around East 14th Street and Haskell Avenue, Jeanette Klamm, management analyst for the city of Lawrence, said in a release.
Modern history scholar one of KU’s new Foundation Distinguished Professors
02:14 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
One of KU’s newly announced Foundation Distinguished Professors is an expert in the history of relations between the U.S. military and society, as well as the history of gender and sexuality. Beth Bailey is a professor of history at Temple University, where she also has served as acting director for the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy.
KU adds soil microbiology specialist to list of Foundation Distinguished Professors
02:11 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
A world leader in soil microbiology will join the Kansas University faculty as a Foundation Distinguished Professor, KU announced Tuesday. James Bever, professor of biology at Indiana University, will begin his joint appointment with KU’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Kansas Biological Survey in January 2016.
United Way offers summer volunteer program for youth
02:04 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
The United Way of Douglas County is offering area youth a way to stay busy this summer by helping the community.
Free State High principal to resign
12:50 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Ed West, the principal of Lawrence Free State High School since the 2008-09 school year, will resign from his position to become the principal at Shawnee Heights High School in Topeka, pending school board approval.
Kansas lawmakers agree on plan to issue $1B in pension bonds
11:57 a.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Legislative negotiators in Kansas have agreed on a proposal to authorize $1 billion in bonds to bolster the short-term financial health of the state’s pension system for teachers and government workers.
Rolling Stones announce stadium tour, will stop at Arrowhead in Kansas City
March 31, 2015
The Rolling Stones are zipping across North America again. The rock band announced a 15-city stadium tour Tuesday that will stop at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on June 27.
Study finds equality between sexes at moment of conception
March 31, 2015
Every year, slightly more boy babies than girl babies are born worldwide. But back when sperm meets egg, the two sexes are conceived in equal numbers, a new study suggests.
Report: Kansas tax collections $11M less than expected in March
08:44 a.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Kansas says it collected $11 million less in taxes than anticipated this month.
Kansas Senate panel considers expanding liquor licenses
08:43 a.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Kansas counties would be allowed to expand liquor licenses under a bill being discussed by a state Senate panel.
Today in Lawrence: KU’s annual Celebration of Books and Bad Religion comes to Liberty Hall
March 31, 2015
Today in Lawrence: Great weather, celebrating books and Bad Religion at Liberty Hall.
Lions’ Bonner, Firebirds’ Piper honored
March 31, 2015
Lawrence High senior basketball standout Anthony Bonner and Free State High sophomore Madison Piper both earned Class 6A first-team All-State honors from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association on Monday.
Self visits Thorne’s parents; former Charlotte player to visit May 1
March 31, 2015
KU coach Bill Self visited the parents of former Charlotte center Mike Thorne Jr. on Monday in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
KU football assistants off to fast start
March 31, 2015
For weeks after he was hired back in December, first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty raved about the quality of the coaching staff he brought with him to Lawrence. Three days into spring practices, the elements that make Beaty so high on each coach already have become evident. By Matt Tait
Moving forward: Kansas recruit Carlton Bragg hustles to all-star game
March 31, 2015
Less than two hours after leading his team to the Ohio Division III title, Carlton Bragg was on a plane bound for Chicago, the host city of Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American Games.
Column: Kansas hurdler Stigler blazing early
March 31, 2015
Kansas University’s Michael Stigler posted a personal-record 48.44, best time in the world in 2015 and the best time for anybody in any college meet since 2011. Researchers are in the midst of trying to find a faster March time in a college meet. So far, nothing. By Tom Keegan
Journal-World 2015 All-Area Wrestling Team
March 31, 2015
A look at the 2015 Journal-World All-Area Wrestling Team By Bobby Nightegale
Journal-World 2015 All-Area Girls Basketball Team
March 31, 2015
A look at the 2015 Journal-World All-Area Girls Basketball Team By Bobby Nightengale
Journal-World 2015 All-Area Boys Basketball Team
March 31, 2015
A look at the 2015 Journal-World All-Area Boys Basketball Team By Bobby Nightengale
Double Take: Teens’ online presence needs adult input
March 31, 2015
Regarding teens taking the technology reins, Dr. Wes says parents don’t really give teens freedom. They take it. Kyra admits that while parents want to believe their teens will make good choices, once a breach in confidence occurs, reeling kids back can be near impossible.
40 years ago: Witnesses allege improper practices at Hwy 59 construction site
March 31, 2015
One of the engineering technicians said “almost the whole road was put down in mud.”
LMH offers genetic counseling services
March 31, 2015
Knowing if you are at risk of developing breast cancer is an essential part of your breast health. Discovering if risk factors are present is key to preventing or identifying the disease early. For this reason, breast health screenings at the LMH Breast Center now include administration of a family health questionnaire based on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines.
Opinion: Venezuela must clean up elections
March 31, 2015
While U.S. and Latin American officials say that Venezuela’s political crisis should be solved through upcoming legislative elections, recent testimony before the U.S. Senate raised many questions: It said Venezuela’s voting registry includes the names of so many dead, many states have more registered voters than people.
Opinion: Media should focus on education solutions
March 31, 2015
April brings both hope and fear to thousands of anxious teenagers. It is the month when many high school seniors receive acceptances and rejections from the colleges of their choice.
Editorial: Happy trails
The Kansas River has always been a focal point for Lawrence, and a new trail will provide better opportunities to enjoy the riverfront.
March 31, 2015
A new, improved trail along the Kansas River just west of downtown will be a nice addition for Lawrence residents, as well as visitors to the city.
Ken Burns unravels the mysteries of cancer in PBS film
March 31, 2015
There’s a mystery to cancer, in large part because of fear, that PBS tries to unravel in this week’s six-hour documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 30, 2015
March 31, 2015
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 30, 2015
Moustakas, Gordon homer in Royals’ 11-7 victory
March 31, 2015
Mike Moustakas hit a grand slam in a seven-run first inning as the Kansas City Royals outslugged the Texas Rangers 11-7 Monday.