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72-year-old woman critically injured in head-on crash on 23rd Street

A 72-year-old woman was critically injured in a crash in eastern Lawrence on Friday evening, Lawrence police said. Emergency personnel responded at about 7 p.m. Friday to the crash near 23rd Street and Silicon Avenue, according to scanner traffic. Lawrence police Sgt. Drew Fennelly told the ...

Most Kansas counties’ websites lagging behind on cybersecurity

Topeka — When it comes to cybersecurity, most Kansas counties are behind. Overall, only eight county websites end in .gov, a domain extension that’s only given to governments. Most of Kansas’ 105 counties, including Douglas County, have websites ending in .org or .com. And 60 ...

Albert Wilson, convicted in Lawrence rape case, could get a new trial

A man who some have argued was wrongly convicted in a Lawrence rape case could see a new trial. The Kansas Court of Appeals has remanded the case to Douglas County District Court for a hearing to determine whether Albert N. Wilson was deprived of effective counsel. Wilson, now 24, was ...

City hires KU alumnus to manage Lawrence transit and parking

The City of Lawrence has hired a University of Kansas alumnus to serve as the city's manager of transit and parking. The city announced the hiring of Adam Weigel in a news release Friday. The city said it conducted a national recruitment following the departure last fall of Bob Nugent, who had ...

Brass band keeps Lawrence’s downtown Mardi Gras parade marching on

Lawrence's annual Mardi Gras parade — with its bead-clad participants and brass band — will return to downtown's sidewalks at noon Tuesday. The parade has been a staple in Lawrence since 2007, when a Louisiana family moved to town and started the tradition. Mike West and Katie Euliss ...

City of Lawrence awarded $3.6M federal grant to repair airport runway

The City of Lawrence has been awarded a $3.6 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to make repairs at Lawrence Municipal Airport. Municipal Services & Operations spokesperson Josh Carson confirmed Thursday that the city was awarded the grant to rehabilitate the primary runway at ...

As climate changes, activists struggle for Kansas’ attention

TOPEKA — Environmentalists are struggling to get lawmakers to even discuss climate change as a serious issue in Kansas, where some leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature question the widespread scientific consensus that human activity is dangerously warming the planet. States such ...

KU police, security officers get salary bumps in new bargaining agreement

Police and security officers in the University of Kansas' Public Safety Office will see salary increases for the first time since 2016 as part of a new bargaining agreement approved Wednesday by the Kansas Board of Regents. Changes to the agreement between KU and the KU Police Officers ...

Audit shows IT security problems across Kansas agencies

TOPEKA — The Kansas Legislature’s auditing division says state agencies have significant information technology security weaknesses and haven't made progress since previous reports showed the same problems. The Topeka Capital Journal reports that more than half of 19 state agencies studied ...