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Morning storms dump up to 4.5 inches of rain on Lawrence

Lawrence officially received 2.4 inches of rain from Saturday morning's thunderstorms, but those checking rain gauges around town might have found an inch or two more, according to the National Weather Service. Matt Wolters, a meteorologist for the NWS office in Topeka, said the weather ...

Inside a nursing home trying to keep loneliness and COVID-19 at bay

Monette Johnson wants her husband, Chuck, to see another of the wheat harvests that have been so central to his life. His career centered on grain elevators and wheat sales. Now in hospice care in Lindsborg, Kan., he misses those golden fields. So Monette recruited a family friend to Skype ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 27, 2020

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity up to 6 a.m. on the date listed and extending back to 6 a.m. on the previous day. Each listing includes a date, time and general ...

Third city employee tests positive for COVID-19

A third City of Lawrence employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the city announced Friday in a news release. The case involves an employee from the Municipal Services and Operations Department whose position does not involve contact with the public, according to the release. The worker is ...

Kansas City, Mo., mandating masks in public

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Kansas City is making masks mandatory inside businesses and other places that are open to the public amid a growing number of confirmed coronavirus cases. Mayor Quinton Lucas said Friday that starting Monday, visitors and employees must wear masks when 6 feet of separation ...

After student petition, KU backs off doubling fee for international students

Days after a student-generated petition garnered nearly 2,500 signatures asking the University of Kansas to keep flat a required fee for international students that quietly doubled during a June meeting of the Kansas Board of Regents, KU Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer announced Friday afternoon ...

Number of coronavirus cases in Kansas jumps 12% since last week

MISSION — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kansas jumped by 568, fueled in part by outbreaks in day cares, schools and sports. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday that there were now 13,538 cases, up 4.3% from Wednesday and 12% from last Friday. The state ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 26, 2020

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity up to 6 a.m. on the date listed and extending back to 6 a.m. on the previous day. Each listing includes a date, time and general ...

Spirit AeroSystems extends furloughs for about 900 workers

WICHITA — Spirit AeroSystems is extending a temporary layoff of about 900 employees as it grapples with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX About 900 employees who were on a three-week furlough that was to end in early July will now be ...

Prosecutors file more charges against KU professor

BELLE PLAINE — A Kansas researcher accused of concealing work he was doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas defrauded the U.S. government and the university, according to revised federal charges filed Thursday. The new indictment charges Feng “Franklin” Tao of ...

University of Kansas leaders challenge in-class mandate

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Many department chairs at the University of Kansas are pushing back against the school’s plan to have classroom instruction in the fall, saying they should have the option to teach online. On Monday, a letter signed by 38 department heads was emailed to Provost Barbara ...

City of Lawrence employee tests positive for COVID-19

Updated at 9:50 a.m. Friday A City of Lawrence employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The city became aware that one of its Municipal Services and Operations Department employees had tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, according to a city news release. The release states that the ...