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COVID-19 count in Douglas County increases to 44

The number of Douglas County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 is 44, local health officials reported Wednesday. That’s an increase of one case from the previous total of 43, which had held steady since Saturday. Of those 44, 27 cases are believed to have been contracted ...

Lawrence police blotter for April 22, 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 ...

Topeka mayor, council cut own pay as virus ravages budget

TOPEKA — Topeka’s mayor and city council members have voted unanimously to cut their own pay by 6% as they seek ways to deal with plummeting city tax revenues in the wake of measures to slow the COVID-19 outbreak. The City Council had been considering a measure that would have temporarily ...

KU’s outside legal bills in lawsuit over Beaty firing surpass $350,000

A legal battle over the termination of former Kansas football coach David Beaty has cost Kansas Athletics and the University of Kansas upward of $350,000 in outside legal fees in the 13 months since Beaty sued the athletic department over his November 2018 firing. Records obtained by the ...

Free meals for children now available on weekend at Lawrence schools

Story updated at 3:21 p.m. Wednesday A program offering children free meals for pickup on weekdays at Lawrence schools has been expanded to include the weekend. The Lawrence school district announced Wednesday that meals will now be available for pickup by children from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ...

Douglas County COVID-19 count remains at 43

The number of Douglas County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 remains at 43, local officials announced Tuesday. No new cases have been announced since Saturday. Of those 43, 27 cases are believed to have been contracted through travel, eight from local transmission and eight ...

Captain files to run for Douglas County Sheriff in 2020 election

A 33-year veteran of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is the fourth employee of the office to join the race to become its next leader. Doug Woods, the office’s operations division administrative captain, announced his candidacy for the sheriff position in a news release on Tuesday. He ...

KU to halt pay for student workers away from campus beginning in mid-May

Departments at the University of Kansas must terminate the employment of student workers who are no longer actively working beginning May 17. When the COVID-19 pandemic first broke out, KU committed to paying all employees through the crisis and determined it would pay student employees for an ...