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Editorial: A Kansas plan

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Officials at two hospitals of special interest to Lawrence are sounding the alarm about the impact the state’s refusal to expand Medicaid is having on their institutions.

Jayhawks take annual Christmas shopping trip

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Weighed down while wearing a boot on his right foot, Kansas University freshman Devonté Graham whizzed through the Iowa Street Wal-Mart on a motorized shopping cart Thursday night.

Judge finds man guilty of DUI, drug possession in accident in which KU student lost his legs

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff found Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, guilty of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a Kansas University student his legs.

University leaders say liberal arts programs are struggling for recognition, respect

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Leaders of university liberal arts programs told the Kansas Board of Regents that traditional liberal arts programs produce value for the economy and society at large. But in an era when universities are under pressure to produce more doctors, engineers and business professionals, liberal arts programs have become a lower priority in funding and the hiring of faculty. <b>By Peter Hancock</b>

KU Hospital undergoing major reorganization

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Kansas University's hospital and school of medicine are in the process of merging all of their clinical organizations in response to rapid changes in the health care marketplace. But officials told the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday that those changes may not be enough for the health network to survive in coming years if Kansas doesn't expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. <b>By Peter Hancock</b>

Crafting gifts: 4 easy present ideas to make yourself

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

The warmth of a handmade gift goes a long way toward cutting through December’s chill. But what if you’re not particularly crafty or can’t spend a fortune on supplies? Can you still give handmade gifts that your family and friends will treasure?

Defendant testifies against codefendants, one a pro baseball player, in Lawrence aggravated robbery case

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Originally charged with burglary and four counts of aggravated robbery, a defendant in a case involving five men who are accused of entering a home, battering its residents and stealing marijuana and cash Nov. 8 testified against his codefendants at a preliminary hearing Wednesday as part of a plea deal lessening his charges.

Westar Energy ends fees for credit, debit cards

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

The largest electric company in Kansas says it is no longer charging a $2.95 fee to customers who use credit or debit cards to pay their monthly bills.

Letter: Basic needs

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Lend a Hand is a program to help three Prairie Park Elementary families by having the community donate gifts to meet their holiday needs. I would like to thank all the very generous families in the Prairie Park community for donating gifts to this program. We were able to meet almost all the needs of our first three families and, just at the point when Courtney Nowak, Prairie Park PTA president, and I were deliberating how to fill the unmet needs of our families, she explained our problem to her employer, Great American Bank, who, along with its employees, generously donated to the program.