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‘Educated’ author Tara Westover to speak at KU Common Book event

An acclaimed memoir about a woman's journey to education and autonomy will be the University of Kansas' spring Common Book, and the author, Tara Westover, will participate in a related event. Every year, KU chooses a Common Book to create a shared academic experience for students, faculty and ...

KU to require COVID-19 testing prior to spring semester

Updated at 3 p.m. Wednesday The University of Kansas will once again mandate COVID-19 testing prior to the start of the upcoming semester, a mitigation measure that proved "crucial" prior to the fall semester, according to the chancellor. Chancellor Douglas Girod wrote in a Wednesday morning ...

Douglas County’s new district attorney placed on leave by KU over conduct related to pay dispute; Valdez withheld grades, accuses KU of retaliation

Story updated at 6:06 p.m. Monday: Douglas County’s new district attorney has been placed on leave — and may be fired — from her teaching job at the University of Kansas’ law school, after the university criticized her for improperly withholding the final grades of students as leverage ...

Kansas State considers online start to semester due to virus

Story updated at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday MISSION (AP) — Kansas State University has warned that the spring semester could begin online because the coronavirus continues to rage in the surrounding community and statewide. President Richard Myers said in a written statement that the COVID-19 ...

James Gunn, the ‘Dad of Science Fiction,’ dies at age 97

People around the world were familiar with author and professor James Gunn, who had earned the nickname of the “Dad of Science Fiction.” But by age 97, he had also become the “granddad and the great granddad” of the genre, according to his colleague and close friend. “A lot of ...

Endangered-species decision expected on beloved monarch butterfly

Trump administration officials are expected to say this week whether the monarch butterfly, a colorful and familiar backyard visitor now caught in a global extinction crisis, should receive federal designation as a threatened species. Stepped-up use of farm herbicides, climate change and ...

Kansas AG dismisses case against former KU researcher; charges could be refiled

A year after a University of Kansas researcher was charged with felony theft and other charges, the state has moved to dismiss the case. However, the motion that Assistant Attorney General Paul Brothers filed Tuesday indicates that the case could be refiled. “Recent developments in the ...

Court tackles feud over glass panels at KU football stadium

The Jayhawks are winless on the football field in 2020, but frustration borne of that folly cannot compete with the 15-year competition to assign financial responsibility for life-threatening mistakes with installation of the glass-and-metal shroud on Memorial Stadium’s press box. This ...

KU proposes no increase for food and housing rates in 2021-2022

None of Kansas’ six public universities are proposing an increase for food or housing costs in the next academic year, which will make it the second year in a row the University of Kansas has not had an increase. At a virtual meeting Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Regents took a first look ...

KU will not allow any fans at athletic events for the rest of November

Story updated at 8:53 p.m. Tuesday: The University of Kansas’ chancellor announced Tuesday that no fans will be allowed at home sporting events for the rest of November because of the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the region. This news will affect two volleyball ...