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Kansas judges back off effort to keep jurors’ names secret

Kansas judges are backing off an effort to shield jurors’ names in a compromise with transparency advocates who hope to avoid court secrecy. The Kansas District Judges Association will still seek to keep jurors’ addresses secret under its compromise with the Kansas Press Association, District Judge James Fleetwood and state …

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Returning Kansas lawmakers face deadlines on budget, schools

Like students who perpetually put off big projects, Kansas lawmakers are waiting until pressing deadlines loom to make the year’s biggest decisions on taxes and spending. The Republican-controlled Legislature returns Monday from its annual spring break to finish business for the year with the thorniest issues far from resolved — …

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Rival health system bids to operate troubled Topeka hospital

A Topeka-area community health system is moving forward with a bid to acquire a financially troubled rival hospital. Stormont Vail Health submitted a letter of intent Friday saying it wants to acquire the 378-bed St. Francis Health hospital. It previously had expressed interest in an acquisition. St. Francis is owned …

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Kansas high school students head to White House Correspondents’ Dinner–KU professor goes with them

Early Friday morning while it was still dark out, six Pittsburg High School students set out for the Kansas City airport. Their destination? Washington D.C.—for the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “It’s definitely a crazy experience and once in a lifetime experience,” Pittsburg HS junior Maddie Baden said. Her classmate, …

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The Lawrence Arts Center celebrates young artists

The Lawrence Arts Center hosted its annual Vanguard Awards featuring the artwork of students from USD 497. Director of youth education at the arts center, Neal Barbour, said many were anxious to see the student’s artwork. “There’s been such a buzz within the gallery by those hanging the show, but …

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KU Students Compete with Concrete Canoe

Although it may not seem possible, a team of KU engineers have built a canoe out of concrete. Co-captain Brittany Multer says that even though almost all of the canoe is concrete.They do add some extra materials to help it float. Even what seems to be paint on the canoe, …

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KU showing a film in Russian to promote culture diversity

It’s a film entirely in Russian and it’s being shown at KU. The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian studies will show the film, “The Cherry Orchard.” The film has English subtitles, and it’s a way to promote cultural diversity in the Lawrence community. “You know KU is really …

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KU IT department sent out suspicious emails to inform students

Lawrence police confirming that an e-mail claiming that a person has a parking fine is not real and that it was sent out by KU IT department. The security office sent the email to faculty and staff pretending to be a hacker. It’s a way to make you aware of …

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United Way kicks off campaign to fund services for the community

United Way kicks off another campaign to fund services for the community. The non-profits goals remain the same – to ensure all students excel in school, promoting easy access to healthcare and moving people from crisis to financial stability. In order to meet those goals, they host campaigns to raise …

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