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6News Podcast for 03-14-06

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Wednesday, March 15, 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

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