City Government

Tyson puts chicken plant on hold, citing commission’s withdrawal of bond support

Tyson Foods Inc. is putting a proposed $320 million project near Tonganoxie on hold, a company official announced Tuesday.The announcement was made through an open letter from Tyson to the Leavenworth County community, sent via email to The Mirror newspaper of Tonganoxie and other media ...

Dole Institute to honor former Sen. Tom Harkin with 2017 Dole Leadership Prize

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics announced on Monday that retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin is the recipient this year’s Dole Leadership Prize. The former Iowa senator will receive his award during a public program Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. at the Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive. First elected ...

Longtime Baldwin City couple to celebrate 75-year marriage that grew from blind date

In 1941, Don Nutt went on a blind date, but he saw clearly enough the young Ruth Ann Yocum, with whom he would spend the evening.“She was really attractive,” Don, 96, said. “She got my attention. I never went out with anyone else after that date. She was it.”The blind date proved to be ...

Healthy fun for the whole family

The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Health Fair this Saturday will feature new activities, including several that children and their parents will enjoy.A Kids Fun and Safety Zone will be open from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Third and Arkansas streets. In the zone, ...

Douglas County official says proposed Tyson plant a Lawrence issue, too

Douglas County Commissioner Nancy Thellman told city and school district leaders that they should all be concerned about the Tyson chicken-processing plant proposed for Tonganoxie.At a joint meeting Monday of the Douglas County Commission, Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence school board, ...

Task force on child welfare system getting down to work

Topeka ? A task force that Kansas lawmakers set up to study the state's child welfare system will hold its first substantive meeting Tuesday as it begins a top-to-bottom review of the state's foster care system and other child welfare services.Lawmakers passed a bill setting up the task force ...

KU spokesman, former reporter places second on ‘Jeopardy!’

A University of Kansas spokesman walked away with $2,000 after competing on Monday afternoon's episode of "Jeopardy!" Andy Hyland, assistant director of strategic communications at KU, took second place (out of three contestants) in the popular syndicated quiz show hosted by Alex Trebek. ...

Discriminatory text messages spur student sit-in over LGBT rights at Lawrence High

A group of students skipped classes and staged a sit-in at Lawrence High Monday to protest what they describe as a pervasive culture of discrimination against LGBT students, particularly transgender individuals, at their school.The sit-in started with about 45 students on Monday morning but had ...

City seeking feedback on regulations for short-term rentals

The city is seeking feedback regarding how it should regulate properties being used as short-term rentals.The city will be collecting input from stakeholders and community members before proposing a draft ordinance to the City Commission that would regulate short-term rentals, such as those ...

Holcomb power plant unlikely to be built, company says; $93 million already spent

Topeka ? A controversial plan to build an 895-megawatt coal fired power plant in southwest Kansas now appears to be dead, company officials behind the project have said.In an August filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission ...

KU Law to offer free legal assistance for DACA renewal before October deadline

The University of Kansas School of Law is providing free legal services this month to those impacted by President Donald Trump’s recent decision to rescind DACA. At the DACA Renewal Clinic, KU law students and faculty will guide eligible residents through the process of completing and ...

Lawrence voters to decide whether city should triple spending on affordable housing

What's clear about the city's affordable housing issue is that it is large. The latest Census numbers estimate about 13,000 of the city's homes and apartments don't fit the definition of affordable. That's a little more than three out of every 10 homes in the city. What's less clear is how the ...

Roadwork for Sept. 18, 2017

• The right westbound lane of 23rd Street from Ousdahl Road to Alabama Street will be closed for waterline construction. The project is expected to last through the month.• North 1500, East 1625 and North 1550 roads will be closed for a culvert replacement project. North 1500 Road will be ...