30 March 2006
As Thursday's storms rolled through the area a local family was thankful that their farm was spared this time around. The Pendleton's are still cleaning up from the March 12, microburst and they are trying to finish everything in time for their first day this season on Saturday. A Federal program that has helped hundreds of Lawrence's families in need turn their lives around is shutting down. Funding for the Even Start program is drying up, leaving dozens of parents trying to earn their GED's, wondering where they go from here. The Lawrence Home Builders Association is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to build a house in just one week. Blutz Build will add a new home on the corner of Homewood and Bullene in east Lawrence. The Home Builders Association will provide materials and labor to complete the project. KU Police says they've started recovering some of the thousands of dollars worth of men's basketball uniforms and warm-ups stolen last week from a locked trailer on campus. No arrests have been made, but a KU Police spokesman says several high school students are suspects. The trial for a former Community Living Opportunities employee charged with abusing a mentally challenged client is postponed Thursday. The defense attorney for 35-year-old Eric Wyatt asked for more time to look into other simiar incidents in Kansas that don't result in criminal charges. More than 200 people spend time behind bars today at the Eldridge Hotel. Thursday's annual Lawrence Lockup for the Muscular Dystrophy Association brought in about $55 thousand. Every $600 raised sends one child to the Associations summer camp in Linwood. The Kansas City Royals continue to fine-tune their final roster. Thursday, KC found its backup outfielder and it suprisingly was not Aaron Gile. Instead, the position was awarded to Shane Costa. Although Jusin Gatlin may be the defending Olympic champion in the 100-meter dash, he likely won't be the fan favorite when he takes the track on April 22, in the Kansas Relays. That distinction belongs to former 100-meter world record holder, Maurice Greene. Thursday night we find out our High School Scholar Athlete of the Month. March's recipient, Zack Pistora, talks a good game on and off the court.
30 March 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: State officials ask for help as the debate over the South Lawrence Trafficway continues, construction is under way at the latest Lawrence school undergoing growing pains, and a local athlete brings home much more than just the gold from a recent Special Olympics state competition.
29 March 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: A yearly poll ranks Kansas as having a higher drinking average than other areas, and we'll tell you where Douglas County falls; a local hotel falls victim to a Sunday night heist; and a set of outdated city codes will be getting an update that will affect the future of growth in Lawrence.
28 March 2006
City plans to improve driving conditions on Kasold Drive could face some bumps in the road in the coming weeks. Construction is scheduled to begin in May on Kasold from 15th to 22nd streets, but loose ends still need to be tied on the project. Possible zoning changes in East Lawrence may force City Commissioners to reconsider the Salvation Army's plans to relocate. Lawrence School Board members Monday night focus on the bottom line as they hear more than seven million dollars in budget requests for the upcoming school year. Police are investigating a 27-year-old man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. Officers were contacted by a Kansas City area hospital about the assault that occurred March 20, in Southwest Lawrence. Also, Police are investigating a 16-year-old Lawrence boy accused to raping a 14-year-old girl inside a vehicle. Finally, authorities in Jefferson County contacted Police after a 13-year-old Oskaloosa girl reported she had been raped in Lawrence. Lawrence Police are investigating thousands of dollars in rent money missing from a south Lawrence apartment complex. Police say a 41-year-old woman is suspected of stealing nearly six thousand dollars from the Oaks. A 1963 KU graduate gives back to KU and plants a piece of history. A seedling from a Thomas Jefferson tulip tree was planted Monday afternoon in Marvin Lawn near the Spencer Museum. Bob Dole's former running mate visits Lawrence. At a new conference Monday afternoon Jack Kemp, a former New York Congressman, Cabinet Secretary under former President Bush, and NFL football player spoke about politics and his career. Voice, Identity, Community: These were the themes discussed at a public meeting about African immigration to Kansas. The discussion is part of a project documenting African immigrants and their experiences. During the 2005 baseball season the Eudora Cardinals averaged 11 runs a game on the way to a, 19-3 record. Monday the 2006 baseball squad opened play hoping to carry that offensive punch over from a year ago. The Eudora High and Paola High softball teams opened the 2006 season. The cardinals struggle with offense against the Panthers, losing 6-4. EHS back at home next Tuesday when they take on Prairie View in a double-header. Sunday in Lincoln, a familiar face was in the opposing dugout. Back in 1993, head coach Dave Bingham led the KU baseball team to its first and only college World Series appearance. Two years later, in 1995, he started his own baseball academy. And now more than a decade later, he's back in the college ranks a Nebraska's pitching coach. There is not a dry eye in the house because we must bid farewell to the man who's been on the frontlines for virtually every major and minor event in Lawrence in the past five years. This was Josh's final broadcast; he's heading home to Texas to work the family business.
26 March 2006
It's one of the nations most important and abundant commodities, yet power plants are short on coal reserves. The fuel that fired the Industrial Revolution is still just as important today as it was then. Police were called to Quizno's around 4 p.m. Sunday. According to Police, the man sat in the shop for some time before approaching a clerk at the register, asking for change. A family of two is homeless after a fire broke out in their basement last Saturday night. Crews arrived at the two thousand block of Melholland Road around 9 p.m. Environmental clean-up at the Defunct Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant site will get underway in Earnest this spring. The process will proceed quickly, according to officials with international risk group, the firm tasked with he clean-up effort. Lynda Canaday isn't your typical KU freshman. For starters she's an accomplished classical and operatic singer. A few years ago, Canaday was in a wheelchair and found out she could not have children, but in her darkest depression music was her savior. In Saturday's double-header against Nebraska, the KU baseball team dropped both games, which would ultimately mean a series loss. This upcoming season there are many holes to fill on the KU football team. One of the most popular battles going on right now is the quarterback race. The KU tennis team continued its winning ways this weekend by knocking off both UMKC and St. Louis Saturday at First Serve Tennis Center.
25 March 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: Area lawmakers cross the political divide to push through a school funding bill, downtown braces for another round of construction, and a father shares video of his son's day-to-day life in Iraq.
24 March 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: A Lawrence man is arrested a second time, accused of knowingly infecting a woman with HIV; a Eudora family is homeless tonight after a fire breaks out in their home; and a bill allowing Kansans to carry concealed weapons becomes law.
23 March 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: Officials have yet to settle on an address for the new and improved Lawrence Public Library, Kansas lawmakers succeed in overriding a veto by the governor for the concealed carry bill, and a Lawrence woman wants to get the word out to other women about a purse snatcher on the loose.
22 March 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: New fingerprinting technology will begin to make its mark in Kansas, KU students demand a safe solution for female residents fearing a dangerous walk from their parking lot to their residence hall, and last week's storm damaged more than just trees and buildings - it ruined some people's plans for the future.
21 March 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: City crews continue to put in long hours as they prepare for another storm, and the Lawrence school district is working to build a more diverse faculty.
20 March 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: What has Lawrence learned after last week's dangerous storm, and why are substitiute teachers being turned away when they are so hard to find?
17 March 2006
Officials from KU blame deferred maintenance for the more than $6 million in damages to campus. KU has $168 million in maintenance backlog. It was a case of neighbors helping neighbors Thursday or former neighbors, as Bishop Seabury students pitched in to help a Douglas County family clean up from the devastation left behind by Sunday's storm. A local junior high school is home to the district's newest security measures. West Junior High is hosting a trial run of a new keyless security system that will soon be in every school in the city. Four days after the storm, about 200 city workers are still collecting debris from across the city and they are taking most of it to one spot. A portion of a historic downtown church damaged in Sunday's microburst has been cordoned off as a precaution. An engineer says there are cracks in the interior wall beneath the two spires that toppled in the storm. Efforts to get the city back in shape following the weekend microburst shift to South Park. The Park was basically left untouched for the first part of this week, but with the St. Patrick's Day parade starting at South Park on Friday, officials wanted to be sure the park was cleared and safe. A police sting nabs a suspect with possible connections to at least 20 burglaries at local liquor stores. Officers set up surveillance early Thursday morning outside Danny's Liquor at 19th and Haskell. Residents at a local apartment complex are evacuated Thursday afternoon after a fire ignited inside a wall. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical arrived to the Quail Creek Apartments just before 4 p.m. The KU men's basketball team is one night's sleep away from a first round date with the Bradley Braves. The Jayhawks went through a final walk through Thursday in the Palace at Auburn Hills. The last time the Kansas Women's basketball team played in the post-season was in 2000. In round one of the NCAA's that year the Lady Jayhawks lost a double overtime heartbreaker to Vanderbilt and KU hasn't played post-season basketball since, that is until Thursday night. The Jayhawks won by ten over the Northern Iowa Panthers, 59-49. The KU baseball team opens Big 12 Conference play Friday and no big surprise the Jayhawks will do so on the road.
15 March 2006
Lawrence city officials continue to scour the city, assessing the damage left after Sunday's storm. So far, officials only identified a handful of buildings that they consider unsafe to live or work in. The buzz of chainsaws echoed through Lawrence's Oak Hill Cemetery Wednesday as crews went to work cleaning up one of the areas hit hardest by Sunday's Microburst. Some of the only live pictures from Sunday's storm were captured by a 10-year-old boy in Southwest Lawrence. Brandon Cooper says he heard the rumbling of the storm approach and grabbed his toy video camera to try to get some interesting shots. Community leaders hope to start funding a plan to acquire more industrial and park space by next year. Kansas School Districts now need written permission from parents before enrolling children in sex education courses, under a rules change approved Wednesday. House members are close to finishing their work on a school finance package. The select committee on school finance spent two hours marking up a bill that would require greater accountability of education spending, while also giving districts more flexibility in how their dollars are spent. Charles Jones and other fellow Commissioners, Jere McElhaney and Bob Johnson, enacted another burn ban at their regular meeting Wednesday night. Spring training isn't just for the major leaguers anymore. Thursday evening the Lawrence High baseball team will board a bus for a 22-hour ride to Phoenix, Arizona. Sunday's storms had a big affect on the storm spotters training session Wednesday night. The Douglas County Emergency Management and the Topeka National Weather Service sponsored "Weather 101" Wednesday night at the Lawrence Arts Center. The Jayhawks have landed at 7 p.m. local time in Detroit. The Hawks are now resting at their Auburn Hills hotel, in preparation for Thursday's practice. The Jayhawk women are less than 24 hours from ending their six-year post-season hiatus. KU hosts Northern Iowa in the opening round of the WNIT Thursday. The game tips off from Allen Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.
15 March 2006
Lawrence has quieted down after Sunday's storms, but again Tuesday tornado sirens ring out. After some confusion Sunday about whether the sirens were functioning during a monthly test Tuesday afternoon, things came through loud and clear.While the cleanup from Sunday's storm continues across the city, those in state government are beginning to work out how to pay for repairs at KU. Tuesday night Lawrence City commissioners approved the separation agreement spelled out in Wildgen's contract with the city. Wildgen's last day at the city's top administrator was Friday. Tuesday night Commissioners received an update on the city's cleanup efforts after Sunday's storm. Two hundred city employees are working 12 hour shifts this week to clear streets and remove any hazards. As residents all over Lawrence try to find out how much this storm will cost the, a state assessment team expects the city's price tag will end up in the millions. Whether the Lawrence School District will operate a full day Kindergarten Program or continue its half day program next year is still up in the air. The School District is waiting to see how much funding it will receive from the state, but in the meantime officials are developing a plan just incase. The Kansas Supreme Court will now decide whether a 71-year-old sexual predator is too dangerous to live in a group home. The man convicted of battering former KU basketball player J.R. Giddens in a fight last May at the Moon Bar has a brief court hearing Tuesday. A White House Legend come to KU Tuesday night. Veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas addressed a crowd of over 500 people at the Woodruff Hall Tuesday night. In less that 24 hours, the Kansas men will board a plane for the motor city. When that flight lands in Detroit, the Jayhawks will officially be one of 64 teams that sit just six wins away from a national championship. There will be no flights, bus rides, or hotel stays for the Kansas women as they prepare for post-season play. Instead, the Jayhawks prepare for a first round WNIT match-up that will take place right here in Lawrence, Kansas. We all remember the quarterback carosel last year on the KU football team. In the end, Coach Mark Mangino went with seniors Jason Swanson and Brian Luke. This year, however, Mangino might be swayed towards the youth movements. Free State High Athletics Director Steve Grant announced Tuesday that the Interim label has been removed from Chuck Law's coaching title. x
14 March 2006
As residents all over Lawrence try to find out how much this storm will cost them, a state assessment team expects the city's price tag will end up in the millions. The clean up continues and state officials are in to review the damage from Sunday's storms. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway took an aerial tour of the damage and talked about how KU will pick up the pieces after weathering the storm. Lawrence's schools suffer tens of thousands of dollars in damage after Sunday's storm. Westar Energy crews continue to work to restore power to customers in the Lawrence area. As of about 5 p.m. Monday night Westar officials say approximately 650 customers were without power. There are a handful of buildings on campus that will not be fully operational Tuesday when students return. The number of special education teacher in Lawrence will increase in the '06-07 school year. A leaning fence, some missing shingles, a shattered window, the visible damage from Sunday's storm is yielding to financial decisions for homeowners. Four KU students are arrested by Lawrence Police for allegedly looting businesses damaged by Sunday's storm. The man accused in a deadly Baldwin City shooting earlier this month is back in Douglas County after being captured in Oklahoma. Thirty two NCAA first round games will be played this week, starting with game number one on Thursday morning at 11:20 a.m. On the opposite end of that first round spectrum, the Kansas Jayhawks matchup with the Bradley Braves. It's time to learn about the Jayhawks first round opponent, the Bradley Braves. BU plays in the Missouri Valley conference and enters with a season mark of 20-10. The Lady Jayhawk basketball team were one of 40 teams selected for the women's national invitational tournament. The KU football team is hoping to carry the momentum from last years victory in the Ft. Worth Bowl over to this season. That goal began Monday as the Jayhawks kicked off spring practice.
13 March 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: Severe winds whip through the city leaving behind extenstive damage. Meanwhile in Dallas, the Jayhawks take down the Big 12 Tourney title and a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.
10 March 2006
A mother charged with endangering her infant child, who allegedly died as the result of child abuse by the mother's boyfriend, made a brief court appearance Friday to schedule a plea. A Lawrence man receives nearly five years in prison for a shooting last year at a South Lawrence apartment complex. Lawrence City Officials try to crack down on problem party houses, but they still leave students and landlords wanting more. Former Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen will collect his annual salary, plus a three percent raise for another year. A long anticipated, highly acclaimed film by a local film maker Kevin Willmott, premiered in Lawrence Friday night. Haskell's Film Festival had a big night as key note speaker Wes Studi was in attendance. As many KU students gear up for fun in the sun, one group of students hopes to make a difference during their spring break vacation. In the history of the Big 12 Conference there have been nine championship tournaments. In those nine tournaments the Kansas Basketball team is a perfect 9-0 in its first round games. The Saturday morning quarterfinals got underway with Texas Tech looking to upset top seeded Texas. Texas A&M and Colorado hooked up in the second game of Saturday afternoon's session. The KU softball team opened up play as the host of this weekends Jayhawk Classic.
10 March 2006
One day after Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen resigned, City Commissioners are speaking out. City Commissioners consider changing Lawrence's sidewalk repair policy, but it's not likely you'll be let off the hook for maintaining them. Commissioners want to see business plans from the two groups who want to move into the Carnegie Library. For the second time in the past week, security is tightened at the Douglas County Courthouse as a man charged with murder makes a brief court appearance. Scissors are in full swing Thursday for a Cut-a-Thon benefiting a local hairdresser. Haskell Indian Nations University Students welcome Native American movie starts to campus as their film festival kicks off. After nearly three years with the war in Iraq raging on, high school students in Lawrence say they feel left out of a situation that affects them the most. This weekend the red hot Kansas Jayhawks will face one of the toughest road tests in the nation. K-State loses its tourney opener to Texas Tech by eight points, and then KSU loses its head coach Jim Wooldrige. The Kansas men will play their first game in the Big 12 Friday. The Free State girls basketball season came to and end Thursday night at the State Tournament in Emporia. In the game, Colorado against Baylor, no 12 seed has ever won a game in the Big 12 tournament.
9 March 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: For the first time in its nearly 150-year history, a woman will become president of a local university, and citing concerns over how prepared the city is for future growth, Lawrence city commissioners ask the long-time city manager to step down.
8 March 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: An Iraqi scientist tells a KU audience that he knows Saddam Hussein wanted nuclear weapons, an economics professor has his own fan club, and commissioners give the Community Shelter another year at its downtown location.