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New turf being installed at KU's Memorial Stadium

Published January 29, 2015

Construction crews and Bobcats have taken over Memorial Stadium. But, no, it's not the start of any major stadium renovations that KU fans are dying to see. Instead, the Kansas University athletic department is replacing the turf at Memorial Stadium in preparation for the upcoming spring football season. By Matt Tait

Town Talk: Waffle restaurant to open in East Lawrence; new plans filed for bistro/bar near Poehler Lofts; a goodbye to The Pool Room

Published January 29, 2015

I can’t tell you how many times people have tried to convince me that the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is false. But I refuse to believe them, or my cholesterol readings, so word of a new East Lawrence restaurant that serves just waffles has gotten my attention. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Jayhawks edge TCU, 64-61

Published January 28, 2015

Wednesday's game at TCU featured some unusual lineups and all kinds of fouls and ebbs and flows, but the ninth-ranked Kansas University men's basketball team did enough good things at enough key moments to hold off the Horned Frogs, 64-61, in Fort Worth, Texas. • Box score

Town Talk: Lawrence home sales slip slightly in 2014; Douglas County Bank changes name to Central Bank of the Midwest

Published January 28, 2015

For some reason, I really do have enough ribbon that I could have wrapped an entire house in a bow this Christmas season. Apparently several people did just that because Lawrence home sales soared in December, although not enough to put local real estate totals in positive territory for 2014. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: City Commission filing deadline today, as field grows to 14; an early look at campaign finances for city seats; one candidate has to give up job to run

Published January 27, 2015

When it comes to Lawrence City Commission candidates, we’re at 14 and counting. Greg Robinson, a Lawrence attorney who was a vocal opponent of the police headquarters sales tax proposal, has filed for a seat on the commission. I’ll catch up with him later and provide a fuller report. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Plans filed for redevelopment at Alvamar golf and country club; details released on 2015 Kansas Craft Brewers Expo in downtown

Published January 26, 2015

The paperwork has been filed to change the Alvamar golf and country club. (And, no, I’m not talking about that petition to ban me from the area. My attorney says it doesn’t stand a chance, as long as I didn’t use monogrammed golf balls.) Instead, what’s been filed are the rezoning requests that will lead to a rearranging of the golf course to accommodate more housing in the area. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

No. 11 Jayhawks earn road win at No. 17 Texas

Published January 24, 2015

Facing a Texas team with the type of length and defense that has given Kansas trouble this season, the Jayhawks won 75-62 in Austin, Texas, by riding a couple of backups and a veteran starter. Freshman big man Cliff Alexander saw his shots denied inside often, but stuck with his assertive approach to finish with a team-best 15 points off the bench. Sophomore guard Brannen Greene, meanwhile, added 14 as a substitute on 4-for-5 shooting from three-point range. Junior forward Perry Ellis showed he had learned from previous trips to the paint against UT and scored 14 points while showing solid shot selection. • Box score

Town Talk: Anderson Rentals seeks new location, expands into art business; Lawrence startup company seeking to become national player in online advertising

Published January 23, 2015

A portable toilet, a forklift and a fine piece of art: Yes, it is a trio that could lead to a date with a bail bondsman. But they’re also three products you’re able to rent at Lawrence-based Anderson Rentals, as it undergoes what could be some significant changes for the longtime business. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Sights and sounds as Lawrence awaits President Obama at KU

Published January 22, 2015

We'll keep you updated with the latest sights and sounds from KU as Lawrence prepares to host President Obama.

City commissioners concerned about email from Wicked Broadband

Published January 22, 2015

Two city commissioners are expressing concern about an e-mail they received Wednesday from the leader of Lawrence-based Wicked Broadband. Commissioners Bob Schumm and Terry Riordan, who both are running for re-election, said the e-mail from Wicked co-owner Joshua Montgomery crossed a line by insinuating that Montgomery could deliver nearly 1,200 votes to their campaigns, if the commissioners approve a $300,000 loan guarantee and other city incentives the company is seeking as part of a project to bring gigabit Internet service to part of Lawrence. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Rewatch President Obama's speech at KU

Published January 22, 2015

Watch a webcast of President Barack Obama's speech Thursday morning at Kansas University.

President Obama arrives in Lawrence for speech at KU

Published January 22, 2015

President Barack Obama arrived in Kansas Wednesday night as Air Force One landed at Forbes Field in Topeka. The president was greeted by Gov. Sam Brownback, among others, before traveling to a Lawrence hotel, where around 200 people gathered for his arrival. Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech on the Kansas University campus this morning about themes related to his State of the Union address.

Report from Obama's morning in Lawrence

Published January 22, 2015

President Barack Obama visited Community Children's Center at Plymouth Congregational Church Thursday morning before heading to KU's Anschutz Pavilion, where he spoke about middle class economics and child care.

Photo gallery: President Obama in Lawrence

Published January 22, 2015

President Barack Obama spent the day in Lawrence, visiting a downtown preschool and speaking before thousands at Kansas University. Journal-World photos by Nick Krug, Mike Yoder, Richard Gwin and John Young.

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