City Government

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for Nov. 21 meeting

Consent agenda• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 11/14/17.• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions:• Approve all claims. The list of claims will be posted by the Finance Department on Monday prior to the meeting. If Monday is a holiday, the claims will be posted ...

Volunteer opportunities: Be an advocate for kids in court custody

Agency: Douglas County Court Appointed Special AdvocatesContact: 785-832-5172 or casaadmin@douglascountyks.orgDouglas County CASA is seeking volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in foster care. CASA volunteers provide comprehensive advocacy for abused and ...

Have business attire to donate? KU program helps college students dress for success

The University of Kansas is asking for community support in helping students dress for success on their way into the workforce. At the Professional Clothing Closet, tucked away in 203 Summerfield Hall, cash-strapped students can peruse an inventory of suits, blazers, pants, skirts, button-down ...

Kansas jobless rate falls to 3.6 percent while labor market remains flat

Topeka ? The Kansas unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 3.6 percent in October, the lowest rate recorded since 2000, although there was little measurable change in the state's overall labor market.The Kansas Department of Labor said preliminary estimates showed that the ...

Holiday shopping fest, cookie contest set for Saturday

Cookies, cute pet photos and more than 40 local vendors will help area residents get the holiday shopping season started on Saturday. The Journal-World is hosting its annual Holiday Shopping Fest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Crown Automotive, 3430 Iowa St. The event once again will serve ...

Officials certify results of general election in Douglas County

The results of the Nov. 7 general election are now official.About 17,400 Douglas County registered voters cast ballots in city government and school board contests in Lawrence, Baldwin City, Eudora and Lecompton. Lawrence residents also voted to approve three sales tax renewals. Turnout for the ...

Kansas Board of Regents gives key approval to Lawrence’s Peaslee Tech

They likely won’t play each other in basketball anytime soon, but Lawrence now has two schools of higher education sanctioned by the Kansas Board of Regents. The first, of course, is the University of Kansas, the Regents' largest institution. Its newest, however, is Peaslee Tech, the ...

Girod defends KU’s proposed housing, dining fee hikes

Wichita ? University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod said this week that he is concerned about the rising cost of on-campus housing and meal plans, but he said students are still getting good value for the money.His comments came as the Kansas Board of Regents heard the first reading of ...

Informational meeting planned on saltwater injection wells in Douglas County

The Sierra Club, the Water Advocacy Team and Lawrence Ecology Teams United in Sustainability will host an informational meeting on saltwater injection wells in Douglas County next week.The meeting, scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Flory Building of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 ...

Regents OK $26 million indoor practice facility for KU football

Wichita ? The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday gave the University of Kansas authority to build a $26 million indoor practice facility for a football team that hasn’t had a winning record since 2008.Meeting on the campus of Wichita State University, the board voted unanimously to ...

Lawrence City Commission supportive of restrictions for short-term rentals

As the city prepares to regulate short-term rentals, the pivotal question will be whether the owner of the property lives in the home. At its work session Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission directed city staff to draft regulations that would treat nonowner-occupied short-term rentals ...

Baseball author Bill James to deliver keynote in sports lecture series at KU

Bill James, senior baseball operations adviser for the Boston Red Sox, will speak Wednesday evening at the University of Kansas as part of this year’s James Naismith Lecture Series. James’ keynote address, “Transitioning from Naïve to Professional Research,” will take place at 8:30 ...

Lawrence grandfather-granddaughter team wins $68,000 prize on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

A Lawrence grandfather-granddaughter team solved an especially tricky puzzle on Monday night’s episode of “Wheel of Fortune,” walking away with a grand total of $68,000. With only six letters on the board, Donald Johnson and his granddaughter Devyn Quarterman, both of Lawrence, managed to ...