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Nominees for Douglas County District Court judge position named

A committee will soon interview six nominees to fill a district judge position in Douglas County District Court upon Chief Judge Peggy Carr Kittel’s retirement at the end of the year. The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission will narrow the field to three to five names to submit to ...

GOP complaint spurs probe of Kansas court selection process

Topeka — A top Republican legislator’s complaint has launched an investigation into whether the commission that screens Kansas Supreme Court applicants violated the state’s open meetings law in picking three finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to consider in filling a vacancy. The ...

Kansas corrections official says mass commutation worth considering

TOPEKA — The acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections said a mass commutation of offenders was worth considering during his confirmation hearing. The Wichita Eagle reports that Jeff Zmuda was asked to comment Tuesday on what happened one day earlier, when more than 450 ...

Lawrence police blotter for November 6

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 180 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Voter turnout for city and school board races near 22%

About 22% of voters turned out for Tuesday’s city and school board elections, which made it one of the better turnouts for local races this decade. Not bad for a night when the Kansas Jayhawks had a 6 p.m. tipoff, which is normally prime time for voters returning home from work. ...

3rd provost candidate promises stable leadership, dedication to KU

University of Kansas provost candidate Dave Cook emphasized in his Tuesday presentation the importance of stability, making it clear that he does not view the provost role as a mere means to an end. “Provost positions tend to be a stepping stone,” he said, adding that it drives him nuts. ...