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Douglas County Fair returns July 24 with new theme, kiddie derby
July 14, 2015
The Douglas County Fair may just be one of the summer’s biggest attractions — in recent years, it’s drawn upwards of 25,000 people to the Lawrence fairgrounds — but back in the early 1950s, the fair was just a fledgling operation hosted at Haskell University. Back then, before the fairgrounds were built, 4-H animals were all housed underneath the school’s football stadium. Or, at least, that’s what Margaret Kalb’s mother told her growing up.
Baldwin City artist Tom Russell dies
July 14, 2015
Tom Russell, who was credited with re-establishing the Baker University Art Department, died Saturday at his Second Street home at the age of 97.
Lawmakers question Kansas policy on tax credit information
July 13, 2015
A decades-old Kansas policy that keeps secret the names of those who receive millions of dollars in tax credits is designed to protect taxpayer privacy, state officials said, but some lawmakers argue it keeps them from knowing which breaks are worth keeping.
Wichita animal control officers seek home for alligator
July 13, 2015
Wichita animal control officials are trying to figure out what to do with a 3-foot alligator that turned up in a local yard and gave its eventual captors all sorts of fits.
Kansas council to study revising records law over emails
July 13, 2015
A Kansas council that reviews legal issues plans to study expanding the state’s Open Records Act to cover officials’ emails about public business on private accounts.
Lawrence, Douglas County officials tap D.C. conference for low-level drug offense insights
July 13, 2015
Lawrence and county commissioners discuss ways to deal with the over-population of the Douglas County Jail and community mental health issues, a new option may become a topic of conversation after four community leaders attended a national conference recently.
Excessive heat warning issued for Douglas County
July 13, 2015
Warning continues through this evening
Police officer lauded for how he handled shoplifting case
July 12, 2015
A suburban Kansas City police officer said he is amazed by the public response to actions he took this week while responding to a routine shoplifting call at a local retail store.
More Kansas teachers leaving state, retiring
July 12, 2015
Classroom spending cuts, uncertain school financing, low pay and eroding tenure protections all play into a hostile climate in Kansas that teachers and school administrators say is spurring a surge of teacher departures and retirements.
Kansas City Connection: It’s showtime for theater festivals
July 12, 2015
With Kansas City theaters ranging from small, independent stages like The Living Room and the Unicorn up to large-scale operations like Starlight Theatre and the Missouri Rep, it’s safe to say Kansas City has a thriving theater scene. From July 16 to 26, however, the options expand exponentially, as the Fringe Festival KC packs venues across midtown with dramatic, comedic and musical performances of all shapes, sizes and colors.
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department urges residents to be aware of bats
July 10, 2015
If you’ve been outside around nightfall, you’ve likely seen their angular silhouettes overhead, but the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is urging residents to be on the lookout for bats indoors as well.
KNEA to appeal dismissal of teacher tenure lawsuit
July 9, 2015
The main teachers union in Kansas says it will appeal the dismissal of a lawsuit against the state for ending teacher job protections.
Tests conducted on highway leading to abandoned mining town
July 9, 2015
State transportation officials are awaiting the results of testing along a five-mile stretch of U.S. 69 in southern Kansas looking for trouble spots that could lead to highway collapses.
Kansas sets up voter fraud website
July 9, 2015
The Kansas Secretary of State’s Office has set up a website and phone hotline to report suspected voter fraud.
Kansas joins partnership to market region to film industry
July 9, 2015
Kansas is working with neighboring states to promote and market the region to film producers looking for movie locations. Douglas County commissioners consider consultant to review zoning, codes policies
July 9, 2015
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday asked staff to look into hiring an independent consultant to examine the county’s Zoning and Codes Department.
Kansas Chamber: Governor’s order sufficient on gay marriage
July 9, 2015
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce says legislators should not pursue a new religious objections law following an executive order from Republican Gov. Sam Brownback protecting clergy and religious groups.
Douglas County commissioners reach consensus on 2016 budget; property taxes to remain constant
July 9, 2015
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday tentatively agreed on a 2016 budget that would hold property tax rates consistent with 2015. That spending plan may not calm the nerves of the Lawrence Community Shelter’s leaders, who are concerned about the homeless shelter’s finances.
Sheriff: Inmate orchestrated drug deals over jail pay phone
July 8, 2015
A central Kansas sheriff says a tip that a jail inmate was orchestrating drug deals using the facility’s pay phone system has led to the arrest of three people and seizure of more than a pound of methamphetamine.
Kansas AG named to national group’s new agriculture panel
July 8, 2015
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been appointed to a committee established by the national group for state attorneys general to study legal issues surrounding agriculture.