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12:23 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 Senate passes budget that includes cuts to KU and student financial aid
8:10 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:10 p.m.
The Senate budget bill includes a $9.4 million cut in funding for the Lawrence campus of Kansas University. It also changes the way state-funded student financial aid is allocated that will result in public institutions losing $5.3 million in funding, or about 3,521 fewer students receiving aid. Senate Republican leaders say the bill is only a starting point for negotiations with the House. By Peter Hancock
11:14 a.m.
2015 City Commission candidates for the April 7 general election, in order of finish in primary, from top left: Leslie Soden, Stan Rasmussen, Stuart Boley. From bottom left: Terry Riordan, Matthew Herbert, Bob Schumm. Public transit hub topic of debate at City Commission forum
7:50 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
The six candidates for the Lawrence City Commission are divided on how to reorganize the city’s public transit system. By Chad Lawhorn
1:47 p.m.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signs Senate Bill 7, an education block grant bill, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Plaintiffs seek to block new Kansas school funding plan
1:31 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 3:24 p.m.
Plaintiffs in an ongoing school finance case asked a three-judge panel in Topeka on Thursday to block implementation of a new school funding plan that Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Wednesday. By Peter Hancock
5:00 p.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. Cuts in financial aid for public institution students may be deeper than expected
March 26, 2015
Students attending independent private colleges and universities may get as much as 84 percent of the need-based grants funded by the state under a budget bill passed by the Kansas Senate this week. But the wording in the legislation is not clear. By Peter Hancock

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Lawrence man bound over for trial after allegedly ramming van into sheriff’s vehicle
March 26, 2015
A 30-year-old Lawrence man charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer after allegedly ramming his van into a marked Douglas County sheriff’s vehicle Aug. 13 on the road crossing Clinton Dam was bound over for jury trial after a Thursday preliminary hearing.
Jury trials pushed out for two co-defendants, one a pro baseball player, in Lawrence aggravated robbery case
March 26, 2015
The jury trials for two Lawrence Free State High School graduates, one a minor league baseball player in the Boston Red Sox farm system, charged in a Lawrence home-invasion robbery were pushed out Thursday until May. Gabriel Alexander Patterson, 20, and professional baseball player Cody Scott Kukuk, 21, both of Lawrence, are charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated burglary in connection with a five-defendant robbery at an apartment in the 900 block of Arkansas Street on Nov. 8.
House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate
March 26, 2015
In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.
Cuts in financial aid for public institution students may be deeper than expected
March 26, 2015
Students attending independent private colleges and universities may get as much as 84 percent of the need-based grants funded by the state under a budget bill passed by the Kansas Senate this week. But the wording in the legislation is not clear. By Peter Hancock
Beaty contract more favorable for KU than those of previous football coaches
March 26, 2015
Kansas Athletics, Inc., and first-year Kansas University football coach David Beaty recently finalized Beaty’s five-year contract and the details and language within it may be the best indicator to date that KU learned a valuable lesson from the failings of its past two contracts with dismissed football coaches Turner Gill and Charlie Weis.
Plaintiffs seek to block new Kansas school funding plan
01:31 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 03:24 p.m.
Plaintiffs in an ongoing school finance case asked a three-judge panel in Topeka on Thursday to block implementation of a new school funding plan that Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Wednesday. By Peter Hancock
Off the Beaten Plate: Polenta fries at The Burger Stand
March 26, 2015
If The Burger Stand is known for one thing — aside from its burgers — it’s probably the fries.
Kansas moving closer to issuing $1B or more in pension bonds
07:44 a.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 04:06 p.m.
Kansas is moving closer to issuing $1 billion or more in bonds to bolster its pension system for teachers and government workers.
Kansas man charged in playground disturbance that hurt kids
March 26, 2015
A 20-year-old man is accused of endangering more than a dozen children and injuring three of them during a playground incident in the Kansas City suburb of Lenexa.
Kansas appeals voter citizenship lawsuit to US Supreme Court
March 26, 2015
Kansas and Arizona have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to force federal elections officials to require residents of their states to prove their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote.
KU receives grant to study student information systems
March 26, 2015
Kansas University is looking to see whether the software that public schools use to track student information is being used effectively.
Today in Lawrence: Put away your umbrellas and meet the artists
March 26, 2015
After some much-needed rain, today you can put away your umbrella. Skies will be sunny and dry, but the chill in the air will stick around for a few more days. Look for a high of 55 sometime late this afternoon, with lows flirting with freezing. That trend will continue Friday and Saturday, before temperatures warm up heading into next week.
Kansas softball to retire Larson-Bradney’s jersey
March 26, 2015
Kansas University softball plans to retire former KU standout Jill Larson-Bradney’s jersey on Saturday, before the Jayhawks’ game against Texas at Arrocha Ballpark.
KU women’s golf downs Michigan
March 26, 2015
Kansas University upended Michigan, 3-2, on the final day of the SDSU Farms Women’s Golf Invitational on Wednesday at the Farms Golf Club.
Free State hopeful as spring begins
March 26, 2015
There’s a lot of optimism around Free State High’s spring sports this year. Some hope to contend for a state championship, and one is looking to defend its state title. By Bobby Nightengale
Put to the test: Jayhawks run, jump, lift for NFL scouts
March 26, 2015
Wednesday’s pro timing day for Kansas University’s football team attracted scouts from 25 NFL teams and produced mixed results for the 15 members of the 2014 KU football team who participated. By Matt Tait
Column: NCAA needs to fight back
March 26, 2015
The one-and-done rule, a one-way street in favor of the NBA, has flattened college basketball’s nose, and it’s time for a counter-punch. By Tom Keegan
KU hits road wooing prep Diallo
March 26, 2015
The recruiting battle for elite basketball big man Cheick Diallo is heating up as the spring signing period (April 15-May 20) approaches. By Gary Bedore
100 years ago: Summer activities planned for Lawrence boys
March 26, 2015
“If this movement starts off well a similar class will be undertaken for girls.”
Opinion: Author takes new look at economics
March 26, 2015
Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers, many earning each day about what Americans spend on a Starbucks latte, produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply, thereby enlarging Americans’ disposable income. Americans similarly get a raise when they shop at the stores that made Sam Walton a billionaire.
Opinion: Prosecutor can’t escape false conviction
March 26, 2015
A few words about the high-priced education of Marty Stroud. Thirty-one years ago, A.M. “Marty” Stroud III was a prosecutor in Louisiana’s Caddo Parish. He was arrogant, narcissistic, judgmental and full of himself. This assessment of Stroud’s character, you should know, comes from Stroud himself.
Editorial: Power balance
Are Kansas legislators just firing a shot over the bow or are they taking direct aim at the Kansas Supreme Court?
March 26, 2015
A bill introduced this week in the Kansas Senate seems like either a threat or a promise. The bill, which outlines additional specifics that justify impeachment of Kansas Supreme Court justices, may be a veiled threat to sitting justices or a sign that legislators are trying to get their ducks in a row for a direct attack on the court.
40 years ago: New parking lot to be built near site of future KU law school
March 26, 2015
The new lot, northwest of Allen Fieldhouse, would offer 310 parking spaces.
Our Town Sports (March 26, 2015)
March 26, 2015
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for March 26, 2015.
White Sox blank Royals; Ventura to start opener
March 26, 2015
Carlos Rodon struck out nine in four dazzling innings Wednesday night, making his latest impressive bid to join the White Sox rotation, and Chicago cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 25, 2015
March 26, 2015
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, March 25, 2015.