Affidavit: Deputy admitted sex acts with Kansas inmate
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A court document contends a former Douglas County sheriff’s deputy admitted he had sex with a female inmate in his office at the jail and in his personal car on the streets of Lawrence.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas public school districts are finding it harder to fill vacant teaching positions this year, even though increased funding allowed many districts to offer higher salaries, according to a report released this week by the Kansas State Department of Education.
BOSTON (AP) — The utility company involved in last month’s explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities have been ordered by state regulators to halt all non-emergency natural gas work.
The moratorium imposed Friday by the Department of Public Utilities covers all parts of the ...
2 men sentenced for fatal shooting at Lawrence motel
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Two friends who were convicted of a fatal shooting at a Lawrence motel will serve different sentences.
Twenty-year-old Tyrone Carvin was sentenced Wednesday to more than 23 years in prison, while 23-year-old Ramone Singleton was given about 10 years. Both men, from ...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas fired offensive coordinator Doug Meacham with six games left in the season Wednesday, ending the short tenure of what coach David Beaty hailed as a game-changing hire just last year.
Meacham had spent the previous three seasons as the co-offensive coordinator ...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Silvio De Sousa mugged for a couple cameras, then did a couple dance moves for video, before finally settling into a chair on the floor of Allen Fieldhouse.
He looked relaxed. Completely at ease. Chill, even.
He certainly didn’t seem concerned that, at almost ...
Lawrence commission favors reducing marijuana penalties
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence city commissioners favor reducing the city’s penalties for marijuana possession, which are more stringent than state law requires.
The commissioners discussed the issue during a work session Tuesday after receiving a request from a Lawrence resident to ...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will honor former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker with the 2018 Dole Leadership Prize.
The institute announced Wednesday the honor for Baker on Wednesday.
Baker served in senior government positions ...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A mediator will meet Wednesday with negotiators for the Lawrence school district and its teachers union to try and reach a teaching contract for this school year.
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence city commissioners will consider a proposal to reduce penalties for marijuana possession.
Currently, first-time offenders face a fine between $200 and $1,000 and/or up to 180 days in jail. Those who are granted a diversion must pay for mandatory drug-abuse ...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — More than 60 of the University of Kansas’ tenured or tenure-track faculty on the Lawrence campus are taking an early retirement buyout.
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Kansas university chancellor asks for more funding
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas’ chancellor is asking gubernatorial candidates and lawmakers to provide more funding to higher education.
KU Chancellor Douglas Girod has been holding meetings to urge legislators to approve the Kansas Board of Regents’ $85 million budget ...
Board of Regents revises university enrollment numbers
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Board of Regents revised enrollment numbers released earlier this week.
Regents spokesman Matt Keith says a data team detected some calculation errors and made revisions to the numbers.
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BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say at least 15 buildings in communities north of Boston that were damaged in gas explosions last month are uninhabitable.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The 26-year-old Missouri woman charged with intentionally driving her children into the Kansas River waived her right to a preliminary hearing and did not enter a plea at a brief court hearing.
Scharron Dingledine, of Columbia, Missouri, on Tuesday waived her right to ...
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas company is releasing its plan for replacing aging pipelines and restoring service to thousands of homes and businesses affected ...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An annual safety report at the University of Kansas says twice as many rapes were reported on the Lawrence campus in 2017 than the previous year.
The Clery report says nine of the 12 rapes reported were in campus housing.
The Lawrence Journal-World
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Only 42 percent of University of Kansas students graduated within four years, according to a recent review of graduation data.
The university’s graduation rate grew to 63 percent when tacking on two additional years, the
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is offering a free food pantry at the Memorial Union on the Lawrence campus.
The Campus Cupboard on the fourth level of the union opened Monday.
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Ironman parents: O’Donnell, Carfrae adapt to life with Izzy
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Two of the world’s most accomplished endurance athletes, three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae and her husband, Tim O’Donnell, are relaxing on a plush white couch in an otherwise quiet house on a tree-lined street near the University of Kansas ...
Cornelius tosses 4 TDs, leads Oklahoma St past Kansas 48-28
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — After last week’s 24-point loss to Texas Tech that knocked them out of the top 25, Oklahoma State came to Kansas on Saturday needing a big win. Almost right away, you could tell that wouldn’t be a difficult goal.
Taylor Cornelius passed for 312 yards and four ...
Cornelius leads Oklahoma State to 48-28 rout of Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Taylor Cornelius passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns, Justice Hill ran for 189 yards and Oklahoma State cruised to a 48-28 victory over Kansas on Saturday.
The Cowboys (4-1, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) came out rolling, finding the end zone on each of their first ...
Democrat Laura Kelly vows to review biotech boosting agency
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrat Laura Kelly is vowing to revive a program that invested in the biotech industry if she is elected governor.
The Lawrence ...
Emergency loans available for businesses hurt by gas blasts
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A $1 million emergency loan fund has been set up for Massachusetts businesses directly impacted by a series of natural gas explosions and fires.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and officials from Lawrence, Andover and North Andover announced the fund on ...
Oklahoma State, Kansas look to rebound after Big 12 losses
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — David Beaty brought what was supposed to be a high-flying, Air Raid-style offense to Kansas a few years ago. A 400-yard rushing performance a couple weeks ago in a victory over Rutgers showed that the Jayhawks’ coach still values the run.
So when he turns on tape of ...
Family that lost house in gas natural explosion sues utility
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts family whose house was destroyed in a series of gas explosions and fires earlier this month has sued the utility that serviced their home.
A lawyer for the Figueroa family, of Lawrence, announced the negligence suit against Columbia Gas on Thursday. ...
University of Kansas budget cuts involves buyout program
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas plans to cut $20 million from its budget by leaving many vacant faculty positions unfilled and implementing a buyout program for older faculty members.
KU Interim Provost Carl Lejuez presented the budget cut proposal at a town hall meeting ...
Douglas County raises age limit on tobacco products to 21
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Douglas County Commission has raised the minimum age to buy tobacco products in the county’s unincorporated areas from 18 to 21.
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Douglas County deputy charged with sex with jail inmate
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy assigned to the jail is charged with having sexual relations with a female inmate.
A complaint filed in Douglas County District Court says Mario Godinez says he had sexual relations with a woman at the jail on Jan. 12.
Kansas Board of Regents seeks $25M for financial aid program
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Board of Regents is seeking $25 million from state lawmakers to fund a financial aid program for college students.
The board’s budget request is part of a plan to funnel up to $50 million into need-based financial aid for Kansas students enrolling in ...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The prevailing thought surrounding Kansas last week was that the Jayhawks had finally turned the corner, and a lopsided win over a fellow Power Five school in Rutgers was proof coach David Beaty was making progress in his vast rebuilding job.
Just down Interstate 70, ...
Some question Kobach’s proposal to capping valuation hikes
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach is proposing capping property appraisal increases, which he said would give taxpayers a more predictable property tax bill, but some experts say the change likely would require changes to the state constitution.
Columbia Gas to cover losses related to gas disaster
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say Columbia Gas has agreed to compensate its customers for all losses related to a series of gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley.
Town officials in Andover announced Saturday that the utility company will pay claims related to ...
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police say a woman was killed after crashing into a pickup truck that was towing a car carrier near Worcester.
The woman and two passengers became trapped in the car after the crash early Saturday morning on Route 290 eastbound. They were extracted by rescuers from ...
State to waive tax penalties for residents after blasts
BOSTON (AP) — Residents trying to recover from the gas explosions and fires that rocked the Merrimack Valley more than a week ago have one fewer thing to worry about.
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue says it will give a break to taxpayers in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover who ...
Hotplates, heaters to be given residents after gas disaster
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Hotplates and space heaters will be distributed to thousands of Massachusetts residents who were left without natural gas following a series of gas explosions and fires, officials announced Friday.
The parent company of Columbia Gas, meanwhile, set a Nov. 19 deadline ...
Kansas Board of Regents CEO gets 15 percent salary increase
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents will be receiving a 15 percent pay raise
The Lawrence Journal-World reports the board approved the ...
Ax-throwing business hopes to offer experience for Lawrence
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — James Marx lifted the sharp object with both arms behind his head before using the momentum of his body to throw it about 15 feet.
The object, a light metal ax, made a “thwack” sound when it reached its destination, a wooden bullseye.
“I’ve always had a fondness ...
Dad accused of putting girl in game machine, stealing prizes
SALEM, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts teacher has been charged with putting his toddler into a game machine at a New Hampshire shopping mall and using her to steal prizes.
Police in Salem say 34-year-old Anthony Helinski, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, turned himself in Wednesday, five days ...
Board of Regents OKs funding increase for state universities
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Board of Regents has approved an $85 million funding increase for state universities during the next two years.
The Lawrence Journal-World
BALDWIN, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating alleged criminal activity in the Baldwin City police department.
KBI spokeswoman Melissa Underwood said Thursday the investigation involves allegations against police department personnel. She would not say how many ...
Teen killed in dramatic natural gas explosions laid to rest
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of the lone victim of last week’s dramatic series of natural gas explosions and fires north of Boston on Wednesday.
Some 300 people came out to St. Mary the Assumption Church in Lawrence to remember 18-year-old Leonel Rondon, ...
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of people who were forced out of their homes for days when dozens of natural gas explosions and fires ripped through three Massachusetts towns.
The lawsuit is the first of what’s likely to be several filed against ...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Pooka Williams had just taken a handoff from Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender in the second half of their game Saturday when he saw a host of Rutgers defenders converging on him.
So the 5-foot-9 freshman reversed field and headed toward the Jayhawks’ sideline, then ...
The Latest: Lawsuit filed over natural gas explosions
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on natural gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local):
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Columbia Gas and its parent company on behalf of residents impacted by natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts.
The lawsuit ...
Foundation being set up for victims of gas explosions
BOSTON (AP) — A relief fund is being set up to help Massachusetts residents whose lives were disrupted Thursday by a series of natural gas fires and explosions.
The announcement was made Monday by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and leaders of the three affected communities. Baker wants to ...
Official: Pressure sensors focus of gas explosions probe
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The investigation into the Boston-area natural gas explosions is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken out of service shortly before the blasts, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said ...
The Latest: Pressure sensors focus of gas explosions probe
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local):
Federal officials say the investigation into the Boston-area natural gas explosions is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being ...