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1:02 a.m.
In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach presides over the Kansas House while new members are sworn in during the opening day of the Kansas legislature in Topeka, Kan. Kobach is proposing several measures before the legislature including giving his office the power to prosecute voter fraud.
Kobach pushing bills to limit ballot withdrawals and to allow straight-party voting
5:40 p.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 11:00 p.m.
Last year’s controversy over Democrat Chad Taylor withdrawing from the U.S. Senate race is prompting Secretary of State Kris Kobach to push for changes in the state’s election laws. He also is pushing for legislation to allow voters to cast straight-party ballots. By Peter Hancock
10:36 a.m.
Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) fouls TCU Horned Frogs guard Kyan Anderson (5) on a three-pointer with little time remaining during the second half at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. Worrisome win: Jayhawks’ late mistakes nearly cost them at TCU
January 28, 2015
Bill Self was squirming, and seething, on Kansas University’s basketball bench Wednesday night as his first-place squad suffered a meltdown of near epic proportions against last-place TCU in Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center. “We were awful,” Self, KU’s coach, said after the (17-3, 6-1) Jayhawks, who led by 11 points with 3:35 to play, eked out a 64-61 victory over the last-place (14-6 1-6) Horned Frogs. By Gary Bedore
11:15 a.m.
Demonstrators gather on the south steps of the Kansas Statehouse for a group photo by organizers in protest to House bill 2453, a measure approved by the House that would have allowed people to cite religious beliefs in denying services to same-sex couples. The demonstration, which drew several hundred members was organized by the Topeka non-profit group Planting Peace. Kansas House panel eases off plan to delay school aid funds
10:33 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Public schools would have to wait before getting some of the increased aid they were promised last year, and some of that increased aid could actually be cut under bills being considered in the Kansas Legislature. In fact, the Lawrence school district stands to lose $1.3 million this year under one bill being considered in the Senate. If that were carried forward into future years, it would effectively negate the property tax increase that voters in the district approved this week in a mail ballot election. By Peter Hancock
6:52 p.m.
A Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body cameras during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Kansas police officers may be required to wear body cameras
9:10 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:34 p.m.
Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill that may require police officers to wear body cameras, but opponents of the proposal argue that the costs may outweigh the benefits.

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Baldwin girls reach finals
January 29, 2015
The Baldwin High girls basketball team steamrolled into the finals of the Wellsville Top Gun Classic with a 53-23 victory against Spring Hill on Thursday.
Firebirds get big lift from Piper
January 29, 2015
Free State High sophomore Madison Piper didn’t play in the second half against Topeka West on Thursday afternoon. That was the only way any defense was going to stop her.
Lions tumble to Heights despite second-half surge
January 29, 2015
It was a tale of two halves for Lawrence High’s girls basketball team on Thursday in the first round of the Firebird Winter Classic.
Lawrence conference center feasibility study due mid-February
10:13 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
Get ready to talk about whether Lawrence ought to get into the conference center business. A long-delayed report studying the feasibility of whether Lawrence could support a new conference center is scheduled to be released in mid-February, City Manager David Corliss has confirmed. Then it will be up to city commissioners to decide what comes next. By Chad Lawhorn
Column: Jayhawks banking on Mason
January 29, 2015
Watching Frank Mason play basketball prompts a question to which no answer easily comes to mind: Is there a sport he could not excel at had he grown up playing it?
KU’s Hoag third in heptathlon
January 29, 2015
Kansas University senior Austin Hoag was in third place after the first day of the men’s heptathlon in the Jayhawk Classic on Thursday at Anschutz Pavilion.
Self will ‘take the win,’ but that’s all
January 29, 2015
As badly as Kansas University’s basketball team played down the stretch against TCU, the bottom line is the Jayhawks survived Wednesday and remain in sole possession of first place in the Big 12 Conference.
Stigler stalwart for Jayhawks’ track and field
January 29, 2015
Seeing how the Super Bowl is just a few days away, a couple Kansas University track athletes had some advice for head coach Stanley Redwine before he stepped to the podium Thursday afternoon for the team’s preseason media day at Rock Chalk Park.
KU softball sets sights on NCAA repeat
January 29, 2015
Senior Kansas University softball pitcher Alicia Pille spent the offseason often reminiscing about the moment last spring when the Jayhawks found out they were NCAA Tournament-bound.
Lawrence commissioners host listening session on police headquarters proposal
January 29, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners heard public comments once again, Thursday night, on why a $28 million police headquarters proposal was shot down by voters in November.
Kansas teachers’ collective bargaining plan might not satisfy lawmakers
07:46 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
An agreement reached among several education groups this week on possible changes to the state’s collective bargaining law for teachers may not be enough to satisfy some Republican lawmakers.
Kansas bill would protect public comments from civil lawsuits
07:37 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
Kansans would have more protection from civil lawsuits over public comments they make about public issues under a bill being considered in the Kansas House.
ACLU asks Lawrence schools to suspend mentoring program
January 29, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has asked the Lawrence School District and Free State High School to suspend a pilot program for mentoring boys over concerns that it violates Title IX.
Quick-thinking school bus driver saves Baldwin City home from flames
January 29, 2015
School bus drivers are often asked to take on the duties of nurses, confidants and disciplinarians in the course of driving their routes. Thursday morning, Tammy Ritter, a bus driver with the Baldwin City school district, took on another role — that of firefighter.
Southwest Middle School heading to nationals in city-building competition
06:50 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:35 p.m.
Seven teams from area middle schools brought home some hardware, and one will advance to nationals, after participating in a city-building competition in Manhattan.
Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline
03:58 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.
Douglas County Spelling Bee to be held this weekend
03:52 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
Time to ready those dictionaries: the annual Douglas County Spelling Bee will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 at Southwest Middle School.
3,700 in Lawrence will receive health care coverage through federal marketplace
January 29, 2015
Nearly 3,700 Lawrencians have signed up or automatically re-enrolled in a health plan using the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace this year, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Man charged with sexual battery in connection with Kansas University dorm room incident
02:24 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
A 20-year-old Kansas City man and former Kansas University student was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor sexual battery in connection with an April incident in a KU residence hall.
Another new uniform in the works for KU basketball
12:07 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
Kansas University and Adidas are at it again. The KU athletic department on Thursday unveiled a new-look uniform that the KU men’s basketball team will wear for its home match-up with Texas on Feb. 28.
Kansas House panel eases off plan to delay school aid funds
10:33 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Public schools would have to wait before getting some of the increased aid they were promised last year, and some of that increased aid could actually be cut under bills being considered in the Kansas Legislature. In fact, the Lawrence school district stands to lose $1.3 million this year under one bill being considered in the Senate. If that were carried forward into future years, it would effectively negate the property tax increase that voters in the district approved this week in a mail ballot election. By Peter Hancock
Kansas governor to announce nominee for state appeals court
09:17 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to announce his nominee for an open seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.
US Senate rejects amendment on lesser prairie chicken
09:15 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
The U.S. Senate has rejected an amendment by Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas that would have removed the lesser prairie chicken from the federal government’s threatened species act.
Ex-fire chief in Kansas township sentenced for stealing
January 29, 2015
A former fire chief of a township near Leavenworth has been sentenced to a year of probation for felony theft.
Kansas police officers may be required to wear body cameras
09:10 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:34 p.m.
Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill that may require police officers to wear body cameras, but opponents of the proposal argue that the costs may outweigh the benefits.
Today in Lawrence: Talking about books and a new police HQ
January 29, 2015
Today in Lawrence: Another City Commission listening session, an acclaimed author will be at The Raven and winter reminds us it’s still winter. Happy Kansas Day!
LHS, Free State set for tournament
January 29, 2015
After a week of long practices, Lawrence High’s girls basketball players are ready to show how much they’ve improved.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 28, 2015
January 29, 2015
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.
KU keeping an eye on football recruits
January 29, 2015
With national signing day less than a week away and coaches across the country still scrambling to fill their classes or find those diamond-in-the-rough athletes, it has become a tense time for the Kansas University football staff.
Free State snaps Lions’ stranglehold in wrestling
January 29, 2015
Free State High’s wrestling team usually doesn’t have the depth to keep up with Lawrence High in the annual City Showdown dual. Not this year. By Bobby Nightegale
Horned Frogs lament blown chances at foul line
January 29, 2015
TCU had a buzzer-beating shot that could have sent the game into overtime. It bounced out and Kansas University held on for a 64-61 victory. But it wasn’t the hurried 30-footer launched by Charles Hill Jr. that the Horned Frogs rued afterward. By Tom Keegan
Column: Brannen Greene has ups and downs in road win
January 29, 2015
Let’s see, sophomore Brannen Greene contributed five points, a big blocked shot and a rebound in the final 32 seconds of Kansas University’s 64-61 Wednesday night victory against TCU, so why did it seem as if every time he turned around he was doing something wrong? By Tom Keegan
100 years ago: Lawrence Turnverein celebrates anniversary
January 29, 2015
“Mr. Jacob Frohwerk, president of the state league, gave a short talk in the native tongue on the subject of the ‘justness of the war.’”
40 years ago: Bicentennial committee hopes for more funding
January 29, 2015
County Commission Chair Arthur Heck had said earlier that he was “very, very certain” that unless the planners could raise more funds, “it’s not gonna be much of a celebration.”
Style Scout: Devin Shaffer
January 29, 2015
Fashion trends you hate: Neon colors are killing me.
Style Scout: Alicia Kelly
January 29, 2015
Describe your style: I would say it’s kind of like the “1970s meets the thrift store.”
Off the Beaten Plate: Quinoa and sweet corn fritters at La Parrilla
January 29, 2015
Quinoa has a bit of a reputation as a health food, a favorite among hippie types and fitness buffs for its high levels of protein and fiber. It’s gluten-free, and not really associated with heavy fried dishes.
January Final Friday preview: Sweet treats, graffiti influences and free massages
January 29, 2015
Final Fridays returns post-holidays with an eclectic mix of events. From love-centric art to ceramics to free massages, this Final Friday has something for everyone.
Opinion: Selig pulled baseball through crisis
January 29, 2015
The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington Senators were run by Clark Griffith, who said: “Fans like home runs, and we have assembled a pitching staff to please our fans.” Today, however, Washington’s team is a model of best practices. The government? Less so.
Editorial: No rush
City officials should make sure all planning requirements are met before considering tax incentives for an Eldridge Hotel expansion project.
January 29, 2015
The proposed expansion of the historic Eldridge Hotel could be a great addition to downtown Lawrence, but city officials should resist the temptation to approve a tax rebate for the project before all the planning requirements have been met.
Opinion: Cake wars won’t last long
January 29, 2015
We should have seen this one coming. This is America, after all, a country having no shortage of people with, apparently, too much time on their hands. So someone should have predicted Cake Wars II.
Letter: Deficit trends
January 29, 2015
In support of his opinion that President Obama did not tell the “whole story” at Kansas University or in the State of the Union address, the author of the Saturday Column blithely refers to “discouraging numbers, such as the massive and growing national debt.” The intended implication is that President Obama is responsible for these discouraging numbers.
FSHS sweeps bowling titles
January 29, 2015
Eric Glogau rolled a 680 and Alex Jiminez a 656 to place 1-2 as Free State’s boys won the Shawnee Mission South bowling triangular on Tuesday.
Seabury girls, boys stumble
January 29, 2015
Bishop Seabury’s girls basketball team never found an offensive flow in Wednesday’s 48-12 loss to Pembroke Hill.
25 years ago: U.S. military base ‘realignment’ may affect Sunflower
January 29, 2015
There wasn’t yet much information available on the possible Sunflower plant closing.
KU music ensembles, symphony to perform shared concert at Lied Center
12:00 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:48 p.m.
Kansas University’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I and Symphony Orchestra will share the stage Saturday for a special concert at the Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive.