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6News Podcast for 04-13-06

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Friday, April 14, 2006

A plan to revitalize a historic piece of east Lawrence property needs help from neighbors if it will have a future. A local developer has big plans for an area near 8th and Pennsylvania streets, but it's the question of how big, that is raising some concerns with east Lawrence neighbors. Atrocities in Africa are seldom front-page news in Lawrence. Some KU activists took a dramatic stance Thursday to bring attention to genocide and war in Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church has faced many problems recently including a bad roof and the loss of a pastor. Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church has been standing in north Lawrence for 140 years and its members are not about to lose their home. A record setting day as far as temperatures go. We topped out 93 degrees that topped the previous record high in 1936, at 90 degrees. The Lawrence School District is looking to expand its kindergarten program to full day and they want to know if parents will help pick up the tab. Survey's are being handed out to parents of soon-to-be kindergarteners, to find how many want a full day program and how much they're willing to pay for it. Deputy Superintendent Bruce Passman, stopped by the Newscenter Thursday afternoon. During an online chat, Passman fielded questions from the public about the district's recent efforts to crack down on junk food in schools and sedentary lifestyles. Next week at the Kansas Relays be sure to keep an eye on more than just the headliners. Be on the lookout for some of KU's top athletes as well. More than 20 high schools are overtaking the baseball diamonds around Lawrence for the 2006 River City Baseball Festival. Brad Stoll's Lawrence Lions hook up with KC Rockhurst at Ice Field where the Lions were trying to end a three game losing streak. Mike Hill's Free State Firebirds took on Shawnee Mission North at KU's Hoglund Ballpark. The Firebirds ranked fourth in this week's Kansas coach's poll. Friday's spring scrimmage for the Kansas football team will likely feature freshman Kerry Meier at the number one quarterback, a move that signal's he's the top arm come fall.

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