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12:00 a.m.
The School of Engineering complex on the University of Kansas campus is pictured Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. The newest building, in the center, opened in August 2015. State engineering initiative has helped boost enrollment, graduates at KU
February 20, 2017 in print edition on 1A
Engineering enrollment at KU has grown in a big way — from 1,898 in 2012 to 2,381 in 2016, according to figures released in January by the Kansas Board of Regents. Less than five years into the 10-year, $105 million University Engineering Initiative Act, KU has met and exceeded its targeted number of graduates.
10:05 a.m.
A gathering of stickers along the counter at the Douglas County Courthouse awaited early voters, Nov. 3, 2016. Douglas County sheriff and his mother under investigation for voter fraud; case reveals quirk in Kansas voting law
February 19, 2017 in print edition on 1A
Sheriff Ken McGovern in the last two elections helped his elderly mother obtain a ballot to vote in Douglas County, despite evidence that his mother lives in a Johnson County nursing home. A spokesman with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office confirmed the matter had been forwarded to state prosecutors for review and possible charges.
1:55 p.m.
Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., Thursday, July 7, 2016 City’s affordable housing board looks for new ideas, new funding
February 19, 2017 in print edition on 1A
Over the past year, city funds and policies have helped add a handful of affordable homes and apartments to Lawrence, but city leaders say to fill the vast shortage of affordable housing is going to take new ideas and new money.
3:52 p.m.
House Health and Human Services Committee Vice Chair Susan Concannon, left, Chairman Dan Hawkins, and ranking Democrat John Wilson listen during debate on a bill to expand the Kansas Medicaid program known as KanCare under the federal Affordable Care Act. Kansas House panel tables Medicaid expansion bill over objections of hospital supporters
February 20, 2017 in print edition on 1A
A Kansas House committee voted Monday to table a bill that would have extended Medicaid coverage to an estimated 181,000 people, a move that may effectively kill any hopes of expanding Medicaid during the 2017 session.

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Editorial: Reconsider transit hub site
The Lawrence City Commission ought to rethink previous decisions on possible transit hub locations.
February 20, 2017 in print edition on A5
As the Lawrence City Commission considers authorizing another study to determine the right location for a transit hub, city leaders should look again at a location that has already been ruled out.