City Government

Board fires executive director of Lawrence Community Shelter

The Lawrence Community Shelter's board of directors has fired the shelter's executive director.Jackie Counts, president of the shelter’s board, said the decision to relieve Trey Meyer of his duties was made at a Friday board meeting.“The board decided to go in a different leadership ...

Lawrence running store offering free self-defense clinic

Ad Astra Running is offering a free self-defense clinic for runners on Wednesday, Nov. 1.The clinic, to be taught by runLawrence President Brenda Groskinsky, is geared toward teaching techniques that will enable runners to feel safer while running alone or at night. The self-defense clinic will ...

Roadwork for Oct. 30, 2017

• Louisiana Street will be closed from 12th Street to 13th Street for a stormwater storage project. The project is expected to be completed by Nov. 3.• North 1500, East 1625 and North 1550 roads will be closed for a culvert replacement project. North 1500 Road will be closed from the BNSF ...

Former Sen. Tom Harkin given 2017 Dole Leadership Prize

As he was honored Sunday with the 2017 Dole Leadership Prize, former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said the kind of relationship he had with former Sen. Bob Dole was sorely missing in the Washington, D.C., of today. The Iowa Democrat, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985 and ...

Police investigating after gunshot victim walks into Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Lawrence police are investigating after a person walked into the emergency room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound.Hospital staff called police shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday. The victim's condition has not been released.Just after 1:50 a.m. Sunday, officers were ...

All of Lawrence’s public buildings to allow concealed firearms starting Jan. 1

Beginning next year, all of the city’s 20-plus public buildings will allow concealed firearms. Jan. 1 marks the end of the city’s exemption to the state concealed carry law, and with it the ability to ban firearms with only a sticker on the door. If the city wants to prohibit concealed ...

Volunteer opportunities: Help with a 5K for a cause

Agency: Health Care AccessContact: Jennifer Stucker at stuckerj@healthcareaccess.orgHealth Care Access, a health home for the uninsured in Douglas County, needs volunteers to help with the Kansas Half Marathon/5K event on Sunday, Nov. 5. Please check the Sign-Up Genius at ...

Downtown to have trick-or-treating for Halloween

Businesses on Massachusetts Street will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. The annual event will begin at 5 p.m. and go "until the candy runs out" at participating merchants, according to the Downtown Lawrence Inc. website.

Colombian president’s visit to KU rescheduled for Tuesday

President Juan Manuel Santos' visit to the University of Kansas has been moved up a day, KU announced Friday. The Colombian president, 2016 Nobel Peace Prize winner and 1973 KU graduate will now appear Tuesday at the Lied Center at 5:15 p.m., not Wednesday evening as originally scheduled. KU ...

Volunteers restore flowering trees to KU’s Campanile hillside

Cold temperatures and even colder gusts of wind couldn’t keep Alex Collier away from the hill above Potter Lake Friday afternoon.In his three years as a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he’s never missed a Replant Mount Oread workday with his brothers.More than 20 volunteers ...

Next version of KanCare may include work requirements for some

Topeka ? State officials in Kansas are preparing to ask the federal government for a waiver that would expand the types of services offered under the state's privatized Medicaid program, but the changes could also include work requirements for some Medicaid recipients."Kancare 2.0," as ...

Lawrence police to answer key questions about body camera use before rollout

Discussions are underway about the Lawrence police department's upcoming rollout of body cameras. A critical part of the discussion will be which type of camera will be purchased. There are models that police officers must manually activate and models that automatically record under certain ...

Walk with zombies tonight

Thousands of zombies are expected to swarm downtown this evening as part of an event dubbed Hellaweenfest, which will include an attempt to set a zombie world record. The block of Seventh Street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire Street will be blocked off. A beer vendor, carnival games, ...

Heartland Community Health Center, Health Care Access reach merger agreement

Heartland Community Health Center and Health Care Access announced Thursday that the two organizations have reached an agreement to join forces. The nonprofits hope to achieve a “more unified community health access point with robust resources and staffing to support comprehensive and ...

Experts: Kansas dependent on immigrant labor, foreign trade

At a time when global free trade agreements and the influx of immigrant labor into the United States are both highly charged political issues, experts say the Kansas economy is heavily dependent on both.That was one of the key messages Thursday at the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference, ...

Colombian president, KU alumnus Juan Manuel Santos to visit KU next week

Colombian President and University of Kansas alumnus Juan Manuel Santos will visit his alma mater next week, KU has announced.Santos, who graduated from KU in 1973 with degrees in economics and business, will receive an honorary degree and deliver remarks during a ceremony Wednesday at the Lied ...