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Lawrence Arts Center’s science-art program receives $100,000 grant
September 23, 2014
The Lawrence Arts Center received a $100,000 grant Tuesday that will allow the expansion of an out-of-school science education program for elementary students.
Sunflower Bank to merge with Colorado bank, investment firm
September 23, 2014
Salina-based Sunflower Bank announced it has reached a deal to merge with Colorado-based First Western Financial Inc. The two companies, however, said they haven’t decided what the new name of the enterprise will be. The deal is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2015. By Chad Lawhorn
Eudora man gets probation in child abuse cases
September 23, 2014
A Eudora man accused of physically harming two infants was sentenced to two years of probation on Tuesday.
Kansas GOP questions event hosted by justice’s husband
September 23, 2014
Richard Green, a retired teacher and husband of Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier, is hosting a campaign event at their home for Democrat Paul Davis. Republicans say it raises ethical questions even though neither Beier nor Davis will be at the event. By Peter Hancock
KU professor among team analyzing data from Mars explorer
September 23, 2014
Now for the next Earth year, Cravens, a professor in the department of physics and astronomy, will be among a number of interdisciplinary scientists analyzing and interpreting data collected by MAVEN about Mars’ atmosphere. By Scott Rothschild
KU students raise funds to pay for records request
September 23, 2014
A student who was told by Kansas University it would cost $1,800 to provide records about the financial relationship between the school and the billionaire Koch brothers said Tuesday she has raised the money. By Scott Rothschild
Interviews underway to choose next Douglas County District Court judge
September 23, 2014
Interviews are underway to decide the next Douglas County District Court judge. On Tuesday morning a nominating commission, chaired by Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen, began one-on-one interviews with the 11 applicants for the position. Rosen said he expects to publicly announce two to three finalists on Thursday. By Sara Shepherd
GOP group backs Democrat Schodorf for Kansas elections post
September 23, 2014
A group of dissident Republican former legislators has endorsed Democrat Jean Schodorf in her campaign against Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Sarah Palin to come to Kansas for event for Sen. Pat Roberts
September 23, 2014
Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is coming to Kansas to stump for Sen. Pat Roberts’ re-election campaign.
Kansas transportation official pays income tax bill
September 23, 2014
Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King said he has paid an income tax bill of more than $250,000 after the IRS filed a tax lien against him last month.
KU research will more accurately predict sea-level increases
September 23, 2014
Kansas University researchers say they have discovered new details below two glaciers that will help provide more accurate predictions about rising sea levels caused by climate change.
Lawsuit in Kansas Senate race sent to lower court
September 23, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court has sent a lawsuit attempting to force Democrats to name a new U.S. Senate nominee to a lower court.
Prosecutors concerned by Kansas Supreme Court felony ruling
09:01 a.m., September 23, 2014 Updated 03:31 p.m.
Some Kansas prosecutors say a state Supreme Court ruling could lead to the release of more than 200 dangerous inmates who would have their sentences reduced.
Group launches new TV ad in Kansas Senate contest
08:46 a.m., September 23, 2014 Updated 01:28 p.m.
A free-market political action committee is launching a television ad in the U.S. Senate race in Kansas attacking the independent challenger to three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts.
Kansas growers plant winter wheat, harvest corn
September 23, 2014
A new government report shows Kansas growers were busy in the past week planting winter wheat as the corn and sorghum harvests progressed.
Kansas Gov. Brownback to proclaim Zombie Preparedness Month
September 23, 2014
Kansans are being encouraged to prepare for an invasion of the living dead, with Gov. Sam Brownback scheduled to sign a proclamation later this week declaring October Zombie Preparedness Month.
Today in Lawrence: Clouds; guitar and mandolin music; Science on Tap
September 23, 2014
Today in Lawrence: Clouds and mild temperatures; guitar and mandolin music at LAC; Science on Tap brings galaxies closer.
Kansas’ Rigdon honored
September 23, 2014
Kansas University freshman outside hitter Madison Rigdon was named the Big 12’s Offensive Volleyball Player of the Week on Monday.
KU women’s golf in fourth place
September 23, 2014
Kansas University’s women’s golf team dropped a spot to a tie for fourth after two rounds of the Lady Paladin Invitational on Monday at the Furman University Golf Course.
LHS tennis finishes strong
September 23, 2014
There are a few matches when Lawrence High’s girls tennis players have lost focus. It’s usually at the end of a quadrangular when it’s tough to stay locked in point after point after playing in two previous matches. By Bobby Nightengale
Royals split, gain ground
September 23, 2014
Danny Duffy pushed the Royals a little closer to the top in the AL Central and nearer their first playoff appearance in 29 years.
Perry Ellis ‘honored’ by preseason attention
September 23, 2014
Now with expectations high, but not out of this world, for newcomers Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander, a junior — Perry Ellis — is receiving his share of preseason publicity. By Gary Bedore
Column: Odds against college parity
September 23, 2014
I fear college football’s money potential could lead to a ratings-driven parity system. Although that would benefit Kansas, I’m not in favor of it. By Tom Keegan
’Horn warning: Weis, Jayhawks wary of Texas
September 23, 2014
The burnt orange on their uniforms and years of success give the Texas Longhorns all they need to catch any opponent’s attention. By Matt Tait
100 years ago: Lawrence water still safe for drinking, Board of Health says
September 23, 2014
“The University and townspeople will be safe in using the water of the present supply for the winter.”
Opinion: Arms would aid Ukraine democracy
September 23, 2014
When Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint session of Congress last week, he called on members to support Ukrainian freedom and democracy. They stood and cheered.
Editorial: Too soon
It’s way too soon for city commissioners to make a commitment to donate land for a new teen center.
September 23, 2014
A new teen center for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence may be a great use of 10 acres near the proposed site of a new city police headquarters but it would be a mistake for Lawrence city commissioners to make a commitment to donate that land tonight or anytime before the Nov. 4 sales tax vote.
Your turn: Schools, society must confront racism
September 23, 2014
The vandalism that recently occurred at Lawrence High School is a clear reminder that racism still exists across our nation, in our state and even in our hometown. While the Lawrence Police Department quickly apprehended five high school seniors suspected of committing this crime, this incident should not be ignored or quickly forgotten by our community. To simply dismiss this act as “a high school prank taken too far” is to willfully ignore the word of choice used in the graffiti on the field: “N–-rs.”