City Government

Kansas jobless rate rose to 3.9 percent in August

Topeka ? The Kansas unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a point to 3.9 percent in August as job growth in the state remained relatively flat, the Kansas Department of Labor said Friday.Total nonfarm jobs grew by only 800 during the month, mostly due to losses in government-sector employment. ...

Kansas attorney general to ask U.S. Supreme Court to review immigrant cases

Topeka ? Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he wants the nation's high court to review three Kansas Supreme Court decisions that limit state and local officials' ability to prosecute undocumented aliens for identity theft in seeking employment.“We are not convinced the Kansas ...

Incentives request for 5-story downtown condo project moves forward

A tax break for a mixed-use condominium project along Vermont Street in downtown Lawrence has received preliminary approval. At its meeting Thursday, the Public Incentives Review Committee voted to recommend the project for approval. That recommendation will now go to the City Commission for ...

United Way campaign chairman sets goal of 10 percent increase for 2017 fundraiser

United Way of Douglas County got a goal-setter when it named Wint Winter Jr. and his wife, Mary, as the organization’s 2017 fundraising campaign chairs.In remarks to a gathering Wednesday at Crown Toyota marking the kickoff of the local United Way’s annual fundraising campaign, Winter, a ...

Local veterans, including one in Ken Burns film, to speak on Vietnam experience

Two local Vietnam War veterans will speak this weekend about their experiences in the war. The speakers will be John Musgrave, who has published poetry on his war experiences and who will be featured in Ken Burns' upcoming PBS documentary "The Vietnam War," and former Lawrence mayor David ...

Colyer: Kansas making major push for Amazon headquarters

Ottawa ? Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer said Wednesday that state officials in Kansas are making a major push to entice the internet-based retail giant Amazon.com to build its second corporate headquarters on the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area."Kansas actually has a very realistic shot ...

Kansas uninsured rate falls only slightly since ACA took effect

Topeka ? The percentage of people in Kansas without health insurance has fallen at a much slower rate than the nation as a whole, new Census Bureau figures show, reflecting the fact that Kansas has refused to expand its Medicaid program or actively promote other parts of the Obama ...

KU recreation services reducing hours, programming this fall

Students returning to campus this fall may have noticed a few changes to the recreation services offered by the University of Kansas. KU Recreation Services has had to reduce hours, cut programming (including several intramural sports teams) and bypass equipment upgrades because of a KU Student ...

Armed carjacking in Topeka leads to chase, ends behind Lawrence Walmart

An armed carjacking Tuesday evening at a Topeka gas station led to a chase that ended behind the west Lawrence Walmart. Sgt. Steven Block of the Topeka Police Department said that at 8:41 p.m. Tuesday a young woman called police and said one male suspect held a gun to her throat; then he and ...

City to hold compost and woodchip sale this week

The city's solid waste division will hold a compost and woodchip sale this week.The sale will take place rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the city’s compost facility, 1420 E. 11th St. The sale of compost and woodchips is cash only and will cost $10 per bucket ...

United Way campaign begins this week

This year's United Way of Douglas County campaign kickoff will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at Crown Toyota, 3430 Iowa St. United Way CEO Jannette Taylor, who started in her position Monday, will be introduced at the event. The United Way works with 31 community partners and social ...