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Duel begins over concealed carry in public buildings

Gun enthusiasts on Monday pushed for legislation that would allow concealed carry of a gun in public buildings and prohibit local governments from regulations on carrying firearms. But cities, counties and other groups opposed the measure. By Scott Rothschild.

Monday February 25, 2013 9:30PM | Bookmark and Share

Advance voting hours extended until 7 p.m. tonight; Lawrence City Commission election will go on as scheduled Tuesday

Voters wanting to avoid the predicted Election Day snowstorm tomorrow have been given a second chance. A ruling by the Kansas Secretary of State will allow advance voting to continued until 7 p.m. tonight at the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets. Previously, state regulations were set to close advance voting at noon today. By Chad Lawhorn

Monday February 25, 2013 7:52PM | Bookmark and Share


House panel endorses Brownback's higher ed budget, including funds for KU Med Center building

The House Appropriations Committee on Monday endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's higher education budget, but several committee members voiced disapproval about spending levels at public universities. By Scott Rothschild

Monday February 25, 2013 6:37PM | Bookmark and Share

Town Talk: Last-minute guide to Lawrence City Commission primary election

Town Talk for Feb. 25, 2013.

Monday February 25, 2013 3:05PM | Bookmark and Share

Capitol Report: Higher ed funding, classroom dollars, college savings

Higher ed funding, classroom instruction, and college savings. By Scott Rothschild.

Monday February 25, 2013 6:00AM | Bookmark and Share

Revenue Secretary Jordan says Brownback cares about the poor

Gov. Sam Brownback's policies have frequently been criticized for hurting low-income Kansans. But on Sunday, Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan sought to defend his boss, saying that Brownback is compassionate to the poor and that the governor gives money to homeless people on Massachusetts Street. By Scott Rothschild

Monday February 25, 2013 1:58AM | Bookmark and Share

County offices to open; election goes forward

The Douglas County courthouse will be open both Monday and Tuesday, but some offices may close early. Tuesday's primary election will go forward. By Peter Hancock.

Sunday February 24, 2013 11:45PM | Bookmark and Share

Douglas County officials keeping close eye on property tax legislation

A bill pending in the Kansas Legislature could remove a large amount of commercial and industrial property from the tax rolls. But Douglas County officials say they can't tell yet how big of an impact it would have locally. By Peter Hancock.

Sunday February 24, 2013 6:00AM | Bookmark and Share

Conservatives changing state government

The conservative takeover of state government has resulted in numerous bills aimed at insulating the Kansas Legislature from both judicial review and federal requirements, while attempting to give legislators more control over local governments and schools. By Scott Rothschild

Sunday February 24, 2013 6:00AM | Bookmark and Share

Local government employees racked up more than $3 million in overtime in 2012

Local government employees clocked more than $3 million in overtime wages last year, including one Lawrence police detective who made $40,000 above his regular salary, according to records from Douglas County, the City of Lawrence and the Lawrence Public School District. And city overtime wages saw a big bump in 2012. By Shaun Hittle

Sunday February 24, 2013 4:28AM | Bookmark and Share

Ralliers protest policies of Brownback, conservative Republicans in the Legislature

Approximately 200 people rallied Saturday outside the Statehouse, protesting the policies of Gov. Sam Brownback and conservative Republicans. By Scott Rothschild

Saturday February 23, 2013 10:36PM | Bookmark and Share

Health care providers oppose Republican resolution to not expand Medicaid

Allowing more low-income people to get health coverage will save lives and boost the economy, health care providers said Friday as they urged legislators to reject a resolution that says Kansas isn't interested in expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. By Scott Rothschild.

Friday February 22, 2013 10:58PM | Bookmark and Share

Plaintiffs file cross-appeal in school finance lawsuit

Plaintiffs in the school finance case "Gannon vs. Kansas" say the district court should have ordered even more funding for Kansas schools. Lawyers expect the Kansas Supreme Court to take up the case this fall. By Peter Hancock.

Friday February 22, 2013 10:07PM | Bookmark and Share

Douglas County election officials urge early voting in primary as more snow threatens area

With the possibility of more snow Sunday and Monday, county election officials are urging voters to take advantage of advance voting. By Peter Hancock.

Friday February 22, 2013 8:24PM | Bookmark and Share

Sen. Holland, Revenue Secretary Jordan to discuss impact of state income tax cuts

Income tax cuts signed into law last year by Gov. Sam Brownback will be the subject of a public discussion at the Dole Institute of Politics between state Sen. Tom Holland and Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan. The event will start at 4 p.m. Sunday and is free and open to the public. By Scott Rothschild.

Friday February 22, 2013 8:00PM | Bookmark and Share

Riordan thinks doctor's perspective, problem solving skills would be asset to City Commission

The simple answer to why Terry Riordan chose a career as a pediatrician, as opposed to some other more glamorous medical specialty, is that he likes kids. But there’s another answer that is a bit more telling. By Chad Lawhorn

Friday February 22, 2013 6:07PM | Bookmark and Share

U.S. Rep. Pompeo critical of KU Chancellor Gray-Little's video on sequestration

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, accused Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little of overly strong rhetoric in a video put out by a science and research group that urges Congress to stop the sequester. By Scott Rothschild.

Friday February 22, 2013 4:20PM | Bookmark and Share

HR director wants to ‘give back,’ review city’s longterm plans

It would be easy enough to think that Scott Criqui started campaigning for the Lawrence City Commission nearly a year ago — many months before other candidates — because he wanted extra time to get to know the community. By Chad Lawhorn

Thursday February 21, 2013 8:36PM | Bookmark and Share

Sponsor of gun rights bill says attorney general assistant trying to gut the measure

The chief sponsor of a bill that supporters say will protect Kansas gun owners from federal restrictions has accused the state attorney general's office of trying to gut the legislation. By Scott Rothschild.

Thursday February 21, 2013 5:49PM | Bookmark and Share

Senate approves constitutional amendment that would kick courts out of school finance

The Kansas Senate on Wednesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would remove the courts from school finance decisions and give exclusive power to the Legislature on how much state funding public schools receive. By Scott Rothschild

Wednesday February 20, 2013 11:55PM | Bookmark and Share

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