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Arts Center names interim CEO, effective Aug. 1

Cindy Maude, a Lawrence-based marketing professional and local arts supporter, has been named the Lawrence Arts Center’s new interim CEO. The Lawrence Arts Center, which announced the upcoming departure of CEO Kimberly Williams about a week ago, shared Maude’s appointment in a news release ...

Kansas economy shrinks in 1st quarter of 2017

Topeka ? The Kansas economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to numbers released this week from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.That contraction happened at a time when the national economy was growing at a pace of 1.2 percent.It also followed ...

Douglas County Fair’s tractor pull a family affair for competitors young and old

At 10, William Wise is still six years away from reaching legal driving age. Youth hasn’t stopped William from logging plenty of miles in the meantime, however, behind the wheel of a riding machine just his size. The fun-loving fifth-grader is among 15 kids competing in Saturday’s Renegade ...

Brownback bidding farewell to Kansas as he prepares for job as ambassador

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback began the process of saying goodbye to the state of Kansas Thursday as he prepares for a job in the Trump administration as U.S. ambassador at-large for religious liberty."It's been a great pleasure and an honor of mine to serve the people of the state of Kansas in ...

Jurors deliberating case of man suspected in shotgun robberies, dog killing

A Douglas County jury will continue deliberations on Friday in the case of a 20-year-old man accused of using a shotgun to rob three Lawrence men last summer and killing the dog of one of the men.The prosecution and defense presented closing arguments Thursday morning, and jurors began ...

Lawrence City Commission candidate profile: Dustin Stumblingbear

The dais at City Hall may be a far cry from combat zones in Iraq, but army veteran and Lawrence City Commission candidate Dustin Stumblingbear said it requires the same mental flexibility. “You have to adapt to each situation as it arises,” Stumblingbear said. Stumblingbear, 38, said he ...

South Lawrence Trafficway wins regional transportation award

The South Lawrence Trafficway and another Kansas road project have been named winners of a regional transportation award.On Wednesday, the K-10 South Lawrence Trafficway East Leg was announced the regional winner in the 2017 America’s Transportation Awards' “Operations Excellence, medium ...

Kansas Public Radio to host free ice-cream social Thursday at South Park

Kansas Public Radio will host an ice cream social Thursday at South Park as a thank-you to listeners. The event, slated for 5 to 8 p.m., will treat guests to complimentary Sylas and Maddy’s ice cream, Alchemy iced coffee and live music at the park, 1198 Massachusetts St. Listeners will also ...

Lawrence City Commission candidate profile: Christian Lyche

Being decades younger than some of his fellow Lawrence City Commission candidates doesn’t discourage Christian Lyche. Lyche, 19, said that he and others his age have something to add to the conversation. “Both political parties count on the support of the young generation and the ...

Lawrence City Commission candidate profile: Lisa Larsen

Toward the beginning of her career, candidate and incumbent Lawrence City Commissioner Lisa Larsen had two things she wanted to do.The first one, running her own business, she accomplished 25 years ago when she started her environmental consulting firm. The second one, holding public office, ...

Local groups to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in August

World Breastfeeding Week starts next Tuesday, and partners in the Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County have planned a celebration on Aug. 5 at the Lawrence Public Library. The event is free and filled with family-friendly activities.The 2017 celebration — the 25th annual worldwide — is ...

State employee pay raises spark confusion, resentment

Topeka ? Some state of Kansas employees are seeing their first pay raise in several years, thanks to the budget that state lawmakers approved in June. At the same time, however, many others are getting no raise at all, including some who have been on the job longer than those who are getting ...

City gets $1.6 million grant to install wildlife fence at airport

The city has been awarded a federal grant for the installation of a wildlife fence at the Lawrence Municipal Airport.The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration will provide a $1.6 million grant, according to a news release. A 2012 FAA study ...

Advance voter turnout ‘extremely low’ so far for local primary elections

Douglas County officials say early voting in primary elections is off to an “extremely slow” start. Nearly two weeks after early voting began for the Lawrence City Commission and Lecompton school board primaries, only about 275 people have cast their ballots, according to Douglas County ...

Lawrence school board to discuss search process for new superintendent

When the Lawrence school board meets Monday, it will make the first step in a lengthy search process to find the district’s new superintendent.The board is expected to discuss and ultimately vote whether to approve the use of a search firm in the process, according to the agenda for the ...