It should be a mild evening tonight with temperatures in the low 60s and a distinct lack of wind. The skies should continue to clear during the night and give way to some nice weather in the days ahead.
The first of 20 Kemper Awards was given to a KU professor Thursday afternoon. The award recognizes excellence in teaching and is presented to professors each year. University administrators, including the chancellor, present the $5,000 gift.
Local car dealerships are considering ending their "Cash for Clunkers" program early, saying they have not received compensation the government owes them. Some dealers are being more patient and continuing the program to the currently set end date.
The push for transgender rights in Lawrence is moving along slowly, as the city's human relations division set up a study session instead of voting on the issue today. Lawrence would be the first city in the state to give legal protection against discrimination to transgender people.
As part of the national campaign against drunk driving, Lawrence police are setting up checkpoints in an effort to crack down on the problem. Police will be monitoring the roadways carefully for the next 19 days, specifically targeting drivers from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.
KU's Kerry Meier will still spend some time practicing at the quarterback position, although Coach Mark Mangino says a full-time move to wideout is a possibility. According to Mangino, Meier is 90 percent wide receiver.
Former KU football player Aqib Talib was arrested Thursday morning for battery and resisting arrest. Talib reportedly hit a man and then refused to exit a taxi upon police request. Talib is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
KU's Danielle McCray was named to the preseason Wooden Award watch list. McCray is one of 31 players named to the preseason list. The award is presented to the best players, both men and women, in college basketball.
With a new stadium and new season ahead, the Free State football team is looking to repeat the success it had last year. The new field will not be available for the team to use until the third week of the season.
After the stormy weather last night, we will watch skies clear throughout the day, with partly cloudy skies, highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s and winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph, gusting to 20 mph.
As routine roadwork continues, you can expect to see the same minor delays that have been plaguing your morning commute the last few days. The rain from early this morning should mostly be past our area so the roads should be dry.