28 February 2006
The President has made it clear that biofuels are a big part of his proposals for renewable energy. A burn ban is in effect in Douglas County as dry conditions persist. A $90 thousand State Heritage Trust Grant is being sought by Douglas County to help pay for major repairs to the 103-year-old courthouse.
A local pizza delivery driver is robbed at gunpoint. A local homeless woman is beaten outside the Lawrence Community Shelter. Lawrence City Commissioners will likely add another project to the list of city traffic improvements, nudging the total costs close to $1 million. Lawrence School Board members decide to jump on board to help pay for a study on the need for a multi-purpose community sports complex. Rising gas prices have pushed a KU student service into debt, and some day its time for students to once again shoulder the load. The Prep basketball playoff tipped off Monday night with the first round of the 4A girls sub-state.
Saturday's 25-point loss to Texas did sever damage to KU's shot at a Big 12 title. For the first time in a long time the Kansas women's basketball team is thinking post season. We continue our ongoing look at Medicare Part D in our series, Medicare Under the Microscope. For the fourth time this year a Jayhawk is named Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week.
27 February 2006
A historic church in Lawrence is hoping for some last minute fundraising help.
Twenty-nine area students battled it out this weekend for the Douglas County spelling bee title. Authorities say a tip that an escaped inmate bought a truck helped them capture John Manard and the woman who's accused of helping him. A Eudora family is dealing with the aftermath of the West Nile virus. If every student paid a hundred dollars less in fees that would mean KU's student senate would be out more than $3 million a year.
In just three weeks 13 KU students will travel to our Sister City, El Papaturro, El Salvador for the second annual alternative spring break trip. The Jayhawks took a Texas sized beating last night against the longhorns. It seemed like a complete role reversal since last season. Saturday in Wichita Lawrence High wrestler Nolan Kellerman capped off a perfect ending to a perfect couple of years by winning his second straight state championship. The Lady Jayhawks got revenge against Mizzou Saturday with an 81-71 win in overtime. It is never too early to look toward the future for KU. Earlier this weekend it was announced KU commit Sheron Collins will play in the McDonald's All-American game in March.
25 February 2006
Plans are budding for a spruced up downtown Lawrence. A brighter color palate could soon make its way to Massachusetts Street, but first city commissioners will decide if this makeover is worth its 90-thousand dollar price tag. A fierce battle is set up Saturday night between the Jayhawks and the Texas Longhorns for the Big 12 title. Life in the fast lane is on its way to southern Leavenworth County. Kansas Turnpike officials announced plans Friday to build an interchange at I-70 and Leavenworth County Rd. 1.
A local non-profit moves into a new home on west 31st St. Friday. The second time is the charm for students at a local elementary school. Fifth graders from Hillcrest elementary handed over 600 dollars to the Lawrence Humane Society Friday. A convicted killer and the woman accused of helping him escape from Lansing correctional facility have been captured in Tennessee. Earlier this season Lawrence High was the favorite at home, but being the favorite in the city's showdown is not always a good thing. Senior night at Eudora the Cardinal boys challenge DeSoto, starting on top and remaining that way at the end of the game the Cardinals finish on top, 63-58. It's too good to be true, Lawrence police are warning area residents about bogus coupons circulating around town. A 29-year-old Lawrence man is arrested and is accused of knowingly exposing a woman to a life threatening disease. Best girls team in our area, Tonganoxie High lady Chieftains took on the Bobcats in Basehor Friday night. Volunteer firefighters fought this afternoon to contain a large grass fire burning on the west side of Clinton Lake. With three games left in the conference, Saturday's game against Texas is the Big 12 championship game.
Piper boy's celebrated senior night battling the Chargers. In the lead most the game, the Pirates pull it though defeating the Chargers, 59-49.
24 February 2006
The United Way Board of Directors announce this year's Wallace Galluzzi outstanding volunteers of the year. Bud Waugh spent many years volunteering his services in emergency communications with our local government officials. He was presented the Galluzi award Thursday afternoon at the KU Visitors Center.
A half-billion dollar public school funding plan in introduced in the Kansas House Thursday morning. Two new fire stations should open this year leaving a pair of Lawrence's historic buildings empty. A KU library staff member is injured after being hit by a car near the Campanile Thursday morning. He's known to many as Mr. Haskell and now the Haskell Indian Nations University community is left wondering how to keep the University's legacy going on without him. Day two in the preliminary hearing of Jason Rose, the man charged in connection with the October 7, fire at the Boardwalk apartments. A Topeka man arrested in connection with a fatal shooting outside the Granada Theatre in downtown Lawrence now faces a charge of premeditated first degree murder.
Although more than a week of games remain in the Big 12 schedule Saturday's contest between the Kansas men and Texas will likely decide the conference champion. The KU baseball team is back in action at the Music City Challenge in Nashville Tennessee. In the last two years Nolan Kellerman has been perfect. Sixty one times the Lawrence High's senior has walked on the wrestling mat and 61 times he's left a winner.
23 February 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: Details from the Boardwalk Apartment fire come to light during a preliminary hearing, a lesson from the bad old days of segregation are revisited on the campus of a local university, and an arrest is made in connection with the recent downtown shooting.
22 February 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: The man accused of setting the deadly Boardwalk Apartment fire faces new charges, the Jayhawks take to Naismith Court without one of their players, and a plan to build up Lawrence parks leads to a debate over the city's funding priorities.
21 February 2006
For those of you with snack cravings right about now, there were 90,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in one place Monday. They put fires out and save people from buildings, now Lawrence firefighters can add resuscitating animals to that list. The cost to rent a building at the Douglas County fairgrounds is heading up. Rates for building 21 will double from 40 to 80 dollars for a 6-hour rental. The Douglas County United Way names it's leaders for the upcoming 2006 fundraising campaign. It was a big dig for Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Monday afternoon. A groundbreaking celebration was held today to kick off a new Habitat for Humanity neighborhood in North Lawrence. Sunday night we introduced you to Debbi Rodak, a woman who went from a size 28 to a size in a matter of months. A multi-million dollar proposal could bring more space for recreation. A plan to improve and expand Lawrence's parks will come before City Commissioners Tuesday night. Following double-digit victories over Oklahoma State and Missouri last week the Jayhawks vaulted upward in both national polls on Monday. Head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Monday that junior guard Shaquina Mosley had been reinstated. Christian Ballard will play his college football games in the same place he played his high school contests. Post-season play began for Bishop Seabury Academy. Both the boys and girls earned the right to host the first round of regionals in their home gym Monday night. The Lawrence High boy's basketball team is coming off a 22-point defeat to second ranked Leavenworth on Friday.
19 February 2006
Its an alternative way to track inmates without locking them in jail. Electronic monitoring, house arrest as it's commonly known can save tax payers a lot of money, yet its program is under utilized in Douglas County. It's that time of year again, the St. Patrick's Day fundraising events kicked off Sunday night with trivia night at the 75th Street Brewery. A story of one women's battle with her weight, a battle that always seemed to end in defeat until she decided to try something that many might consider drastic. Heading into Saturday's game against Missouri, KU coach Bill Self said his team did not dwell on the lost against the Tigers back in January. Earlier this week KU women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson kicked her team to the curb so to speak, by not letting her team use the locker room or wear anything that symbolized KU. Regional wrestling was the place to be Saturday in class 6A. Nolan Kellerman's championships helped Lawrence High to the team title in Olathe.
18 February 2006
A 6-year-old died at the intersection of Harper and East 25th Terrace almost three weeks ago and now neighbors are calling for a change. Kansas baseball team prepares to take on one of the top college pitchers in the nation. Kansas signee Sherron Collins has been selected to play in the McDonald's All-American game. Also, Oklahoma State's head head basketball coach Eddie Sutton was charged with driving under the influence Friday, seven days after last friday's accident in Stillwater. Free State High boys and girls tangled with Shawnee Mission West. A judge orders a Lawrence man accused of killing his 5-month-old daughter to stand trial. Construction will continue through the weekend at the intersection of 8th and Kentucky streets. Back on Jan. 16, KU and MU basketball teams were polar opposites than of what they are now. One group of Jr. high school students are getting a taste of the real world and in this case it taste like a whole lot of pizza. From kitchen improvement ideas to heated driveways the Lawrence Home Show has a variety to showcase. The Lawrence High boys basketball teams hasn't won back-to-back games since Jan. 10. The Lady Lions battle the Pioneers attempting to make a late run in the game making the difference in single digits, but fall just short losing, 54-62.
17 February 2006
A man who burglarized local churches twice in the past four year is sent to prison Thursday. Unanswered questions about northwest Lawrence's sewer capacity impact the bottom line for one local businessman and his employees. It turns out Toby Young has ties to the Lawrence community. The Lawrence Humane society has given her a number of dogs over the years for the Safe Harbor Training Program. It's a service some KU students argue might save a life. However, hardly anyone's using the Jaywalk program, brining into question whether it's a worthwhile student service. It was senior night at the Veritas Christian School as the lady eagles met up with the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy winning, 52-51.
The basketball seasons at Tonganoxie High School have been polar opposites for the boys and girls varsity squads. This weekend's mission for the Kansas Baseball team, "back it up." Last weekend KU knocked off 8th ranked Stanford twice in Palo Alto. Things are not getting any better for Bonnie Henrickson's team. Last night the Jayhawks dropped their ninth game in eleven tries. Christian Moody wants another chance to beat Missouri. Asked on Wednesday whether or not he would like to be put on the free throw line on Saturday in a tie game with .4 seconds on the clock, and Christian responded by saying he would love to have that opportunity again. For Eudora high school basketball fans, rivalry week starts Friday.
16 February 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: The speed limit has gone down for good on a popular stretch of road between Lawrence and the SLT, some local leaders are talking about a tax increase to get an economic development program off the ground, and winter returns to the area as temperatures drop.
15 February 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: In the wake of last week's deadly shooting downdown, Lawrence commissioners discuss a more restrictive weapons ordinance.
14 February 2006
Tonganoxie Police are on the lookout for a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a fast food restaraunt. City Commissioners plan for the future and they're settin their sights west. Tuesday night's city commission meeting will afford commissioners another opportunity to get ahead of growth.
Lawrence elementary school teachers say they need more time to get to know their students and that switching to "trimesters" will help them do just that. A 19-year-old KU student dies after collapsing in the hallway of his dorm Sunday night. Andrew Rotman, a Cawker City resident, apparently suffered a seizure at Templin Hall around 8:30 Sunday night. Modern medicine is prolonging the average life span, which raises the question, who will be there to take care of our aging parents? More and more people are taking on the responsibility themselves. In some Kansas towns sports are the lifeblood of the community. The Eudora School Board want to give their community the best facility possible, but some residents are unsure of the costs. The Kansas House approved a bill today that would punish parents who don't put their young children in booster seats. If you like story lines, you had to love tonight's Kansas-Oklahoma game. On the KU side, the Jayhawks were playing their first contest of the season as a ranked team, after showing up at number 22 in both polls Monday. It's a bad time in general to be a men's basketball head coach in the Big 12. In the last week, three conference coaches have left their teams for various reasons.
Drama on the ladies hardwood. Kansas women's basketball head coach Connie Henrickson suspended junior guard Shaquina Mosley indefinitely for undisclosed reasons. The Kansas baseball team is flying high after taking two of three from 8th ranked Stanford over the weekend.
13 February 2006
A week after a shooting in downtown Lawrence local leaders and downtown business owners are in the process of making some serious changes. It has been almost six months since hurricane Katrina devistaed the gulf coast. Now a KU student group is helping kids affected by the disaster, remember to keep being kids.
Widlely recognized Journalist and Author Eleanor Clift spoke this evening in front of a packed crowd at the Dole Institute of Politics. At the beginning of the season many fans were shocked to see that the KU men's basketball team was no where near the top 25. With a 13-point win over Iowa State yesterday the Jayhawks have now won seven straight and are a safe bet to be ranked come Monday. The KU women's basketball team had a another chance to get their first road win of the season Satruday in the boader showdown against Missouri. The Jayhawks led for about 75 percent of the game, but once again the ladies found a way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory with a 64-57 loss. The NFL season may be over, but the arena season is just getting started. The Kansas City Brigade played its first home game Sunday aginst the Austin Ranglers. Austin goes on it to win, 37-33 causing Kansas City to fall to 0-3. The Brigade's will host Columbus next week in Kemper Arena.
11 February 2006
For the last few year KU officials have been looking for a few ways to improve parking on campus, but even after hiring a consultant there is one issue that no one even thought about, that is until a student group got revved up. More options could be on the way for voters who prefer to cast their ballets before Election Day. On paper they are the best team in our viewing area, that is the Tonganoxie High girl's basketball squad. The Tonganoxie boy's team retired the first ever jersey Friday night of 5-year manager, Red Clark. Piper High takes on a double-dip with the boys and girls challenging Leavenworth-Immac. Less than a week after a fatal shooting in Downtown Lawrence, Police look for better tools to keep guns out of bars. A local elementary school comes to the rescue of a family who lost everything in a house fire Tuesday night. KU School of Journalism honors one of Kansas' most influential journalists. Douglas County's new and improved 911 service helped save a woman's life. The Haskell men and women hosted Central Christian College Friday night at the Coffin Sports Complex. The Quin Snyder era at Missouri is over. Days after announcing that he would not step down he did just the opposIn January, Kansas knocked off Iowa State in Aimes. Tomorrow Cyclones try to return the favor in Lawrence, but it will not be easy though.
10 February 2006
KU officials near the end of their search for a new provost. A long-standing tradition in basketball comes to an end Thursday night for one local junior high school. The man charged with killing a paramedic from Lawrence in a head-on collision in December will face trial in April. Detectives with Douglas County Sheriff's department are investigating the death of an 85 year-old woman, found in her home by a relative inside her home. Attorney General Phill Kline stands by his request for medical records form abortion clinics, even as a Shawnee County District judge revisits the case. Lawrence city leaders say they know where the city will expand, and it's time to get ahead of the growth. The driver who struck and killed 6 year-old Bryce Olsen as the kindergartener was riding his scooter to school will not face criminal charges. Eudora high school students rally in support of their teachers Thursday evening. Through four halves of play, Nebraska trails Kansas by 63. On January 21, at Allen Fieldhouse KU hammered NU by 42. It's no surprise to any KU fan that Coach Bill Self stresses defense and so far his lessons have not been lost on the young Jayhawks. The 2006 Kansas softball season starts early Friday morning at 10 a.m. in the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational in Houston, Texas. Two years ago Annette McDonald's Free State high school boy's swim team made history.
9 February 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: The district attorney's office now has the police report from last week's accident in which a 6-year-old boy was killed, the clock is ticking for the city to build a second sewage treatment plant, and just days after Robert Earl Williams was shot and killed outside the Granada, his widow speaks out.
8 February 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: Police search a downtown alley for a clue to the fatal shooting Sunday, a new report shows many miles of Lawrence roads are in need of serious repair, and a Lawrence family says their daughter is missing after being brainwashed by a cult.
7 February 2006
The Lawrence High girl's basketball team hit the road this evening to face Shawnee Mission South. The lady lions were back on the court since knocking off Olathe East, the number three team in the state. It's easy to name multiple players and play that made the difference in Ku's comeback win over Oklahoma on Sunday, but there's not doubt that outing freshman Julian Wright had against the Sooners as the best of his career. Make it 12 victories in the last 14 outings for the Kansas Men's basketball team. The Jayhawks fifth win in a row was not good enough to get them into the national rankings. Both the AP and EXPN coaches pools have the hawks listed as the 2nd team amongst "others receiving votes" putting Kansas basically at 27th. University officials are a step closer to wrapping up the search for a new provost. Richard Lariviere spoke to the University community this evening about what he thinks he could bring to the table as provost. A Lawrence man finds a way to help just more than a year after the world's deadliest natural disaster. He's happy to be a Tsunami survivor, but the death and destruction changed Tom Van Holt forever. Lawrence City Commissioners could decide the future of the vacant Carnegie library Tuesday night. The Americana Music Academy has submitted a plan to move their classes and recording studio to the historic building at ninth and Vermont. More sad news for the Lawrence school district after an 18 year-old Lawrence High School student died this weekend. Diana Semmler was a senior at Lawrence High. Investigators are piecing together what really happened before, during and after a fatal shooting early Sunday in downtown Lawrence. The gunfire erupted during a fight that broke out among a crowd gathered in front of the Granada Theater after the Upset Records 1-70 Tour. Calls to downtown Lawrence are nothing new for Lawrence police. In the past six months, officers have responded 422 times to the 1000 block of Massachusetts street. The majority of those calls were non-violent incidents. The season is winding down for the both the men and women's basketball teams at Haskell University. They are going in different directions with the men's record, 4-20 and the women's, 11-11. On Sunday KU announced that is was moving forward with plans for the new football facility at Memorial Stadium. Funding for the 31 million dollar project is complete, now it is time to start construction.
6 February 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: Some landlords say they're fed up with the noise some KU students make off-campus, a q-and-a at the library addresses the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and a man is dead and another seriously injured after a shooting in downtown Lawrence early Sunday morning.