WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Past comments create new questions about why 2020 stormwater rules aren't being applied to solar project

In late 2020, Douglas County commissioners were told by their engineer it would be “tough” for big development projects to meet new, special stormwater regulations created for the rural area north of North Lawrence. Now, less than four years later, that very area is the proposed site for the Kansas Sky Energy Center project, which with nearly 8 million square feet of solar panels on 600 acres is the ...

KU seeking 3.5% increase in tuition for next school year; all Regents universities proposing tuition hikes

The University of Kansas is on pace to have its highest enrollment ever when classes resume next fall, but despite those big numbers, KU leaders are still seeking a tuition increase to fund university operations. KU — along with every other public university in the state — is seeking approval from the Kansas Board of Regents for a tuition increase for the 2024-2025 school year. At Wednesday’s monthly ...

KU graduate teaching assistants' demands for nearly 10% raise rejected; KU moves to impose new contract

Graduate teaching assistants at the University of Kansas are set to get a pay increase — and a reminder of the balance of power between labor unions and KU administration. The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday is set to approve a 2.5% pay increase for GTAs. That increase is about a quarter of what the GTA labor union had been seeking in months of negotiation, plus KU has rejected several other demands ...

With signs of construction everywhere, KU holds commencement ceremony at football stadium

Under brilliant sunshine — and a bright yellow construction crane — the University of Kansas conferred degrees to more than 6,400 students on Sunday. The ceremony marked the 100th anniversary of the KU tradition of holding a commencement ceremony that includes a grand procession of graduates marching down The Hill and into the football stadium. (The procession’s traditional starting point, the Campanile, ...

Clinton Lake Marina expands with unique self-serve kayak rental kiosk business; plus a Shark's Surf Shop sighting at the lake

I don’t know what it says about me that I refuse to kayak due to a fear of running out of gas. Whatever the case, I’m in the minority because kayaking has become very popular, so much so that there is now a new rental service at Clinton Lake. And, it is self-serve and always open. The owners of Clinton Lake Marina have installed a kayak and paddle board kiosk in the parking lot of the marina, which is ...

Telling the 'unvarnished' stories of addicts is key to battling the drug crisis, national author tells local crowd

Sam Quinones is neither a doctor nor a scientist, but he’s seen and talked to enough addicts that he has a piece of advice that he wishes the groups Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous would heed. “I think they need to lose that second word,” Quinones told a local audience Wednesday at the Lawrence Public Library who had gathered to hear the author and journalist discuss his latest book on the ...