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Kansas City Connection: All the best of KC Film Fest
April 6, 2014
Given its growth over the past few years, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Kansas City Film Fest eventually became one of the nation’s more popular cinema events. For now, the size is just right — there are plenty of interesting feature films and shorts to choose from, yet the festival is still affordable and accessible to fans of all interest levels.
Kansas lawmakers OK small changes in abortion laws
April 6, 2014
The Kansas Legislature has approved abortion legislation that addresses legal issues raised in state and federal lawsuits filed by abortion providers, avoiding a larger debate this year over proposals to ban the procedure early in pregnancy.
Kansas school funding debate drags on
April 6, 2014
Kansas legislators made quick work early Sunday brokering a new school funding agreement aimed at satisfying a state Supreme Court ruling.
Kansas bill limiting duration of conservation easements defeated in Senate
April 5, 2014
A bill that would have limited the duration of conservation easements, which have been used to preserve tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills and prevent encroachment on military bases, was defeated in the Senate on Friday.
Kansas Senate agrees to more money for schools; insists on vouchers
April 5, 2014
Republicans in the Kansas Senate have agreed to drop a provision from their school finance bill that would have defunded implementation of the Common Core standards for reading and math.
Baldwin boys 1st, girls 2nd in season’s first track meet
April 5, 2014
The Baldwin High School boys were first and girls second in their first competition of the 2014 season. The teams opened the year at Liston Stadium on an afternoon temperatures topped out at 50 degrees in the 12-team Baldwin Invitational.
Kansas lawmakers avoiding big abortion debate
April 4, 2014
Top Republican legislators are blocking a debate in Kansas on banning most abortions early in pregnancy while engineering passage of a bill to make technical changes in anti-abortion laws.
Kansas Senate votes to defund Common Core
April 4, 2014
The Kansas Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday night to prohibit schools from spending money to implement the Common Core standards for reading and math.
Six Bulldogs chosen to Frontier League post-season teams
April 4, 2014
Baldwin High School senior guard Katie Jones was selected to the Frontier League First-Team basketball team, while five other Bulldogs made the second team or were honorable mention.
Kansas House advances ‘clean’ schools bill as session winds down
April 4, 2014
Late Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $129 million school finance plan that authors of the bill said would require approximately $51 million in new funds, presumably from the state’s reserves.
Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce Winefest ticket on sale
April 3, 2014
The Baldwin Chamber of Commerce’s second annual winefest will be from 1 to 5 p.m. April 26 at the Lotatorium, 715 High St.
Baldwin City residents reminded recycling changes coming
April 3, 2014
In the coming weeks, there will no longer be plastic, paper or cardboard recycling roll-off bins at the recycling center at the Ottawa Street site south of the Midway Railway yard.
Baldwin High School baseball, softball games rescheduled
April 3, 2014
Baldwin High School home-opener baseball and softball games against De Soto scheduled for today have been rescheduled because of unplayable conditions at the Bullpup Drive complex.
Baldwin City’s Three Sisters Inn has new ownership
April 3, 2014
It seems fated that Mikel and Pamela Stoops would one day own Baldwin City’s Three Sisters Inn. The couple recently purchased the bed and breakfast at the corner of Ames and 11th streets from Shawna and Kevin Garber, but Mikel Stoops said he and his wife first considered buying the inn when Jim and Diane Niehoff still owned the Victorian bed and breakfast they remodeled after moving it five blocks from the east.
Baker, Johnson County choirs to present Midwest premiere of ‘Requiem’
April 2, 2014
The Baker University Choirs (Cathy Crispino, conductor) will join voices with the Johnson County Chorus (Anita Cyrier, conductor) for the Midwest premiere of Mark Hayes’ “Requiem” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Rice Auditorium, 404 Eighth St. on Baker’s Baldwin City campus.
Douglas County Commission approves agritourism regs, ends moratorium
April 2, 2014
Douglas County is back in the business of accepting applications for agritourism operations after the Board of Commissioners approved new regulations and rescinded its moratorium on applications Wednesday.
Baldwin High School track teams start season Friday
April 2, 2014
In his “last hurrah” as Baldwin High School girls track coach, Ted Zuzzio acknowledges his team will be a contender to defend its 4A state title by winning its fourth championship in five years. “A lot of medals walked out the door last year,” said Zuzzio, who is retiring at the end of the school year. “But we have a lot coming back.”
Kansas Republicans continue to reject Medicaid expansion
April 2, 2014
Kansas continues to reject expansion of Medicaid.
Kansas Senate OKs bill voiding local gun rights
April 2, 2014
A proposal to strip Kansas cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and nullify existing local gun ordinances is on track to clear the state Legislature quickly after the Senate approved it Wednesday.
Kansas Turnpike fatal crash truck driver asleep at wheel, manager says
April 2, 2014
The 30-year-old Aurora, Colo., man who died when his tractor-trailer crashed into a Kansas Turnpike toll plaza early Saturday morning appeared to be asleep in photos taken just before the crash, his manager said Tuesday from California.