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Kansas legislative panels remove funding for expanding Medicaid

TOPEKA — Two Republican-controlled committees of the Kansas Legislature have stripped Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's proposed state spending for Medicaid expansion out of budget legislation. The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 7-6 on Thursday to remove $14 million from a proposed budget ...

Kansas senators split on supporting Trump on border security

WASHINGTON — Kansas' two Republican U.S. senators have split over supporting President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. Sen. Jerry Moran was among 12 Republican senators joining Democrats in passing a resolution that would terminate Trump's declaration on ...

Kansas legislators advance school funding plan, pass tax relief bill

Story updated at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019: TOPEKA — Republican legislators in Kansas helped advance Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to boost funding for public schools Thursday before sending her an income tax relief bill that could make it harder for the state to sustain the ...

Lawrence police blotter for March 14

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. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 173 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

City’s spring compost sale continues through Saturday

The City of Lawrence's solid waste division has begun its spring compost and woodchip sale. The sale is being held rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the city’s compost facility, 1420 E. 11th St. The sale is cash only, with compost and woodchips costing $10 ...

Lawrence and area events for Thursday, March 14

Today, March 14 Willow Drop-in, 9 a.m.-noon, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. WWI in Art and Song, 10:15 a.m.-11:15a.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St. Game-a-thon! (ages 5-11), 1 p.m.-5 p.m, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. German Organ Recital, 1:15 p.m-12 ...

Road repairs are straining Douglas County townships’ resources

Story updated at 9:13 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019: An "unusually severe" winter — including this week's rain — has Douglas County's townships struggling to repair roads, and state law says there's not much the county can do to help. Townships aim to keep property taxes low by ...

Lawrence police plan another DUI patrol this weekend

Following a similar effort last weekend, the Lawrence Police Department is planning another DUI enforcement campaign this weekend — on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Police will conduct a DUI saturation patrol Saturday, placing extra officers in the field to look specifically for drivers ...

Kansas conservatives vote to condemn New York’s abortion law

TOPEKA — The conservatives who dominate the Kansas Legislature voted Wednesday to tell New York's leaders just how much they hate the Empire State's new law expanding abortion rights, ignoring Democrats who called the endeavor a toothless waste of time and money. The Kansas House voted 85-38 ...

Lawrence police blotter for March 13

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. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 135 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Jury convicts man of first-degree murder in Perry Lake shooting death

One of two area residents charged in the fatal shooting of a Lawrence man at Perry Lake one year ago has been convicted. On Wednesday morning, a jury in Jefferson County District Court convicted Topeka resident Jonathan D. Blevins, 23, of first-degree murder in the death of Taylor D. Sawyer, ...

Wind gusts up to 60 mph expected in Lawrence area

Winds over northeast Kansas will strengthen as rain showers weaken Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a high wind warning for Douglas County until 7 a.m. Thursday, and a wind advisory will be in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday. Southeast winds of 20 to 25 ...

11 KU graduate programs among top 10s in U.S. News public university rankings

Eleven graduate programs at the University of Kansas are among the top 10 of public universities nationwide, according to the 2020 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” rankings. The university on Tuesday announced the rankings, which also include 48 KU ...

Lawrence and area events for Wednesday, March 13

Today, March 13 Teen Zone Expanded, 2-5 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Task Art Party, 2-4 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Douglas County Commission meeting, 5:30 p.m., Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St. Yoga @ Your Library, 5:45 p.m., ...

DUI suspected in weekend crash in west Lawrence

Lawrence police say they suspect alcohol contributed to a single-car crash that injured a woman over the weekend. Officers were dispatched just after 4:40 a.m. Sunday to Trail Road and Folks Road, where they found an SUV in the ditch, partially stuck on its side, Officer Derrick Smith said, in ...