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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.
Bond increase for Kansas man charged with molestation
July 8, 2015
A Johnson County judge has increased the bond for a suburban Kansas City music teacher accused of molesting students.
Baldwin City to seek KDOT funding for Eisenhower Street/US 56 intersection improvements
July 8, 2015
Just weeks before work is to start on one intersection along the city’s U.S. Highway 56 corridor, the Baldwin City Council on Monday took a step toward improving another. The council approved contracting BG Consultants for $500 to make application for Kansas Department of Transportation corridor management access construction funds to improve the Eisenhower Street/U.S. Highway 56 intersection.
Baldwin City Barracuda swim team successfully ‘tests the waters’
July 8, 2015
In preparation for their final meet of the season Wednesday in Ottawa, the Baldwin City Barracudas had their last practice of the year Tuesday on a unseasonably cool day. “It’s a good thing the pool is heated, or there woul
Kansas allowing concealed guns in Statehouse without permit
July 8, 2015
Visitors to the Kansas Statehouse can bring concealed guns into the historic building without a state permit under a new state law.
Eudora seeks county funding for paramedics, ambulance; sheriff requests funds for corrections
July 8, 2015
There are a lot of big requests and a lot of things to balance, so it’s a tough one,” she said. Because the county’s proposed 2016 budget has not yet been finished, Weinaug said it is difficult to estimate the request’s possible impact on property taxes. However, if approved, the request could potentially increase property tax rates by more than half a mill.
Musings from the Hill
July 7, 2015
My last column has unexpectedly experienced a definite change in plans—as R. Burns wrote, “The best laid schemes o’ mice and men, gang aft a-gley.” I had mentioned that, while out driving, Mary Swan and I found a beautiful hill, by the name of Pork Chop Hill.
Face to Face: Laurie Clark
July 7, 2015
Face to Face is a weekly feature of the Signal in which we introduce readers to those who live or work in the community. This week, we meet Laurie Clark.
Feds: More conspirators may be added to drug cartel case
July 7, 2015
The government is asking a court for more time to prosecute an alleged conspiracy to launder drug money for a Mexican cartel in Kansas.
Mitchell appointed to Kansas’ 18th Judicial District
July 7, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a Wichita lawyer to serve as a district judge for Kansas’ 18th District Court.
Shooting at Overland Park duplex kills woman, wounds girl
July 7, 2015
A woman was killed and a girl was wounded after someone fired several shots into an Overland Park duplex on the same block where two young men were fatally shot last week.
Kansas opens state workers’ health plan to same-sex spouses
July 7, 2015
The health insurance plan for Kansas state government workers is allowing married gay and lesbian couples to obtain coverage for their spouses.