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House to move forward on taxes, spending cuts, while Senate regroups

Following a near-meltdown in the Senate last week, Republican leaders in the Kansas House plan to move forward with their own plans for balancing this year's budget and raising taxes to balance the next two years' budgets. On Thursday last week, the [Senate abruptly called off debate][1] ... Continue reading

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Postgame Report Card: Kansas 80, Texas Tech 79

Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 80-79 victory at Texas Tech on Saturday. Offense: A ---------- The Jayhawks shot 49.2 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range and turned it over just nine times while getting to 80 points. There were times in the ... Continue reading

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Baldwin City Chocolate Auction returns for 29th year; Eudora Parks and Recreation Family Fun Night; area restaurants close

Valentine’s Day is for lovers. For the past three decades in Baldwin City, it also has been for lovers of chocolate and art. The 29th annual Chocolate Auction will start at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St. The event has served as ... Continue reading

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KU student activist arrested on outstanding warrants

A prominent University of Kansas student activist has been arrested on several outstanding warrants. Trinity Carpenter, 30, was arrested Thursday afternoon at 1420 Research Park Drive regarding two failure to appear warrants issued out of Lawrence Municipal Court, according to the Douglas County Jail's online booking logs. ... Continue reading

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Longtime provider of vocational training to close Lawrence campus this summer

Lawrence and Douglas County are the capital of higher education in Kansas, as evidenced by the presence of three universities, a campanile and several houses that make the bell tower sound like a quiet library. There is news, though, that Lawrence is losing one provider of higher ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 10

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:01 a.m. Thursday to 5:39 a.m. Friday and includes 184 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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It’s a mystery — three picks you are sure to love

When I was a little girl, I lived in a very small town with a very small library, but I had a very big appetite for reading books. I devoured everything at my public library, and my mother made the excellent parenting decision to allow me to ... Continue reading

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Record in close games bodes well for NCAA tournament for Kansas

Earlier this week, [Lunch Break looked at][1] the average point margins in each of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self's 14 teams. This year's plus-5.1 margin in Big 12 regular-season games easily is the smallest of any Self team. The Jayhawks are 21-3 and leading the Big 12 ... Continue reading

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Crime analysis for January: Total calls down, three reported robberies yield arrests

For the fourth month in a row, the number of calls received by the Lawrence Police Department has decreased. Each morning, the Journal-World receives a list of the Lawrence Police Department's activities over the previous 24 hours. At the end of the month those logs are compiled ... Continue reading

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Louisiana has most fertile football soil in America

Recently promoted Kansas associate head coach Tony Hull has made the Jayhawks a player in Louisiana and there isn’t a better place in America to chase football players. The Boot has a higher concentration of loud football talent than any other state and the numbers prove it. ... Continue reading

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23rd Street shopping center to downsize retail space; new report ranks Lawrence as one of the best cities for singles

I’m sure we’ve all been in this situation: You’re halfway through your weekly shopping trip and realize you should have rented the full-size semitrailer instead of the large U-Haul. Well, maybe one Lawrence shopping center is trying to address that common problem. It has filed plans to ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 9

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:27 a.m. Wednesday to 5:44 a.m. Thursday and includes 205 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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KU Crime Blotter: Jan. 30-Feb. 5

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, Jan. 30, and Sunday, Feb. 5. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported. **Feb. 4** • Domestic battery occurred between 3 and 6:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at Ellsworth Residence ... Continue reading

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Tony Hull promotion to associate head football coach smart, timely move by David Beaty

Kansas head football coach David Beaty has assembled his best staff in preparation for this third season and he's in no mood to see it raided. So he acted swiftly in giving Tony Hull reason to want to stay put. Beaty announced this morning on his Twitter ... Continue reading

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Blowouts not as common but experienced backcourt keeps Kansas on top

Kansas is where it almost always is in the Big 12 basketball standings, which of course, is on top. But blowouts are the exception rather than the rule this season. KU’s depth problems, the lack of a rim protector and the absence of a go-to, low-post scorer ... Continue reading

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Trae Young’s father says 5-star 2017 PG is still undecided

College basketball recruiting can be a pretty cut-throat business, full of back-stabbing, trashing other schools and coaches and sticking one’s nose where it doesn’t always belong. That’s why it was so cool to see the picture of Kansas coach Bill Self and Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger sitting ... Continue reading

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More details on gun range planned near Douglas County Jail; Lawrence to get national press as retirement destination

Maybe a gun range is a bit like a barber shop: Every city of a certain size will have at least one. Lawrence businessman Steve Robson has that philosophy anyway, and he says he has just the site for Lawrence’s indoor shooting facility. Robson — who owns ... Continue reading

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Although he’s capable of scoring more, does KU guard Devonte’ Graham need to?

So far this season, Kansas junior Devonte’ Graham has made up one half of the best backcourt in college basketball and done so without having the kind of season anybody expected he would. A common pick for player most likely to lead the 2016-17 Jayhawks in scoring ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 8

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:37 a.m. Tuesday to 4:44 a.m. Wednesday and includes 175 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Louisiana to Lawrence pipeline doesn’t shock everyone

Alarms went off in the college football recruiting world last weekend when the Kansas Jayhawks landed seven players in the class of 2018 — including six from Louisiana. It wasn’t just the pure numbers that stood out, but it was the [high-level recruits who usually don’t opt ... Continue reading