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Wheel Genius: Four governors back Toyota, bash feds, over recall

Mark Fagan

Governors in four states with Toyota manufacturing operations are criticizing the federal government’s dealings with the automaker as the company grapples with recalls of millions of vehicles in the United States and abroad. In a letter to Congressional leaders, the governors — of Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi and Alabama — cite ...

Wheel Genius: Road crews ready for snow's arrival

Mark Fagan

The snow plows are on, the salt-and-sand spreaders equipped and personnel in place. Now all Tom Orzulak needs is the snow to stick. Or not. “If anything happens, we’re already on shifts. Everybody knows what to do,” said Orzulak, the city’s street division manager. “We just have to wait and ...

Join turnpike's CEO watching Sunday's bridge blast online

Mark Fagan

Count Michael Johnston, president and CEO of the Kansas Turnpike Authority, among those who will be following Sunday’s scheduled turnpike bridge blast online at Explosions are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, to drop a 250-ton stretch of original steel bridge structure along the turnpike onto a temporary sandbar below, ...

A Jayhawk's lament: A Tiger on my tires

Mark Fagan

Having to buy four new tires for my minivan was bad enough: more than $500, including alignment. But it got even worse when I finally looked over the new Uniroyal AWP II tires that I’ll be living with for the next 70,000 miles. Standing out, in raised rubber on the ...

Rain postpones pedestrian, bike counts until Thursday

Mark Fagan

A volunteer effort to count the number of pedestrians and cyclists using sidewalks and streets in Lawrence is being postponed until Thursday, because of rainy weather. The project had been scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, but persistent rains would have skewed the ...

A KU on Wheels reminder: CALL YOUR MOM

Mark Fagan

KU students can't say they didn't know. Across campus today, KU on Wheels buses are rolling down Jayhawk Boulevard with a not-so-subtle reminder for students, faculty and staff: CALL YOUR MOTHER That's the message adorning the electronic message boards on the fronts and sides of many of the system's buses, ...

New Home Depot distribution center set for Topeka

Mark Fagan

A new regional distribution center for Home Depot is set for opening this fall in Topeka. The 465,000-square-foot center is slated for 74 acres in the Central Crossing Commerce Park, according to USAA Real Estate Co., which is partnering with Seefried Industrial Properties Inc. to develop the property. The project ...

Sweeping to delay traffic on I-470 in Topeka

Mark Fagan

All that salt and sand that helped keep traffic moving during winter storms now will cause traffic delays Tuesday and Wednesday along Interstate 470 in Topeka. The left lane will be closed for traffic headed west on the interstate, from the Kansas Turnpike’s toll plaza in southern Topeka to the ...

U.S. Highway 75 lanes reopen in Shawnee County

Mark Fagan

The Kansas Department of Transportation reports that, as of 10:45 a.m. today, all lanes had reopened on U.S. Highway 75 near the Kansas Turnpike's South Topeka interchange, where an accident had occurred about 10 a.m. Traffic headed north had been stopped for more than 30 minutes, as crews worked to ...

Drivers, watch out for deer

Mark Fagan

Hearing a report of 17 deer rambling around along and aside Folks Road, north of Sixth Street, comes as no surprise to Sgt. Steve Lewis of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Especially at sundown, when he spies plenty of others, too. “I’ve seen ’em myself,” Lewis said. “Just out of ...

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