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Regents call for tuition hike

26 June 2009

• Anticipating another round of budget cuts, the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved a 6 percent tuition increase for many students at Kansas University.

• Even though funding was stripped from an appropriations bill, members of the Kansas congressional delegation on Thursday remained confident that a proposed National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility would still be built in Manhattan.

• A local crime-fighting organization has announced a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted for an alleged attempted murder. Lawrence police are trying to track down James McAdams, 19, of Lawrence.

• For the five Lawrence High golfers playing in Thursday’s Kansas Junior Golf Association Northeast Section tournament at Alvamar Public, the event delivered a relaxed and laid-back environment, as the Lions were able to enjoy their home-course advantage.

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Everything's coming up lavender

25 June 2009

In the news today...

• While purple isn’t exactly a welcome hue in Lawrence, the Washington Creek Lavender farm is filled with almost 5,000 plants just that color.

• Less spending and a flat mill levy compared with last year. That’s where the Douglas County Commission will start its 2010 budget discussions next week.

• The rain last week turned to a summer heat wave, but that hasn’t deterred work on the new high school athletic fields.

And in sports...

• KU’s Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins could have been part of tonight's NBA Draft, but they elected to return to KU for their junior and senior seasons, respectively.

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Lawrence residents trying to beat the heat

24 June 2009

Today's weather: The heat continues again today as our high pushes the 100 degree mark. Although there is a chance of an isolated afternoon thunderstorm, the chances remain fairly slim. The light south wind will provide little relief from the heat into the evening. Our overnight low will dip to only about 75.

Headlines: Lawrence residents try to beat the heat; KU mum on new plan for tuition; Armadillos venturing northward

Sports: Lawrence aiming for world's largest community workout

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Lawrence resident hopes Iranian crisis ‘plants seed’

23 June 2009

Today's weather: Afternoon highs will top out at 97 degrees with a heat index of well over 105.  We'll see only a few passing clouds in the sky along with a light wind out of the south between five and 10 miles per hour. The evening won’t be much cooler with a humid low of 75.

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State dental plan hit by budget cuts

22 June 2009

In the news:

• A program that was meant to provide dental care for low-income pregnant women in Kansas has never gotten off the ground because of a lack of funding to administer it.

• It began as a small fundraiser in the church basement with a boom box and a burrito production line. Now, 28 years later, there’s no boom box at St. John’s annual Mexican Fiesta, but there are plenty of burritos and a whole lot of music.

• A new 183,000-square-foot, six-story addition to Kansas University Hospital is scheduled to open in spring 2011.

In sports:

• After spending three days near the top of the leaderboard, former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland fell back a bit on Sunday.

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Now is the time to adopt a dog

19 June 2009

Weather: While the high may be 90 degrees, our heat index will remain near 100. A southwest wind will continue between 10 and 20 miles per hour before a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. The showers should be relatively quick, with a low of 66 degrees.

Today's headlines: Lawrence Humane Society has influx of dogs to adopt; Kansas could be epicenter of wind industry; Online donations easing hunger

In sports: Who will win this year’s U.S. Open trophy? Members of Lawrence’s golf community make their picks

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Hundreds of friends, family honor Frederick

18 June 2009

Today's weather: We're going to have another muggy afternoon. The high will be near 95 degrees with a heat index of over 100.

Today's headlines:
• Friends and family filled KU's Lied Center on Wednesday
• A Lawrence man, along with his son, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder of his ex-wife.
• Dozens will fulfill their education dream tonight, earning their GED.

In sports, The Kansas University alumni team was able to hold off the current KU basketball squad in their annual scrimmage at Bill Self's basketball camp.

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Police make arrests in connection with attempted murder

17 June 2009

• Police arrested a 15-year-old Lawrence boy and his 60-year-old father early Tuesday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in connection with an attack on the boy’s mother.

• City commissioners said Tuesday that concerns are mounting about the city’s lone homeless shelter.

• A group of 26 students from the charter school are spending this week on the Kansas University campus after the school adopted KU for a class project.

• A memorial service is set for today to honor former KU athletic director Bob Frederick, who died Friday at the age of 69.

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Family gets homegrown home makeover

16 June 2009

• When Jennifer and Kevin Stewart pulled into their southeast Lawrence driveway Sunday evening, they thought they were getting a visit from ABC’s “Extreme Makeover.”

• The closing of an overflow homeless shelter downtown has the city’s main shelter at 10th and Kentucky streets looking to temporarily double in size.

• November 2010 is a long way away, but can Sam Brownback now be considered a shoo-in as Kansas’ next governor?

• Kansas University senior point guard Sherron Collins will not be attending USA Basketball's World University Games Team Trials.

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Retirement home plans rehab facility

15 June 2009

Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community plans to open Lawrence’s first post-acute rehabilitation facility.

Lawrence city commissioners and members of the development community are expressing concern over the amount of city regulations that potential small business owners are facing to move into existing buildings in downtown.

As personal information becomes more and more available online, student newspapers across the country are dealing with requests from alumni to remove embarrassing information from Web sites.

The top of the leaderboard at this year’s Ironman 70.3 Kansas had a very foreign flavor to it.

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