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Kansas man sentenced to prison in assault rifle case

Jan. 22, 2021 3:51 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A man who officers believed was intending to fire a semi-automatic assault rifle around closing time in a popular Lawrence bar district has been sentenced to 16 months in prison. The judge told 19-year-old Dayson G. Kelley of Topeka during his sentencing Thursday that he or police...

Regents give university CEOs more power to fire employees

Jan. 21, 2021 1:57 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of six state universities in Kansas will have more flexibility in deciding to suspend or fire employees, including tenured faculty, under a temporary policy approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. The regents said Thursday that the new policy, which will be in effect until Dec....

Lawrence agrees to return sacred prayer rock to Kaw Nation

Jan. 20, 2021 2:05 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Lawrence City Council has unanimously approved a measure to return a Native American tribe's prayer rock that was transformed more than 90 years ago into a monument honoring Kansas settlers. The council voted 5-0 Tuesday to return the rock to the Kaw Nation, the Lawrence...

Kansas crop artist's unity work part of Biden inauguration

Jan. 20, 2021 11:19 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Well-known Kansas landscape artist Stan Herd will have one of his works included in a virtual celebration of new President Joe Biden's inauguration. Herd and a team created the phrase “America United” into a field outside of Lawrence, which will be shown Wednesday in a...

Kansas officer accused of injuring skateboarder resigns

Jan. 16, 2021 6:18 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An Lawrence police officer who has been accused of fracturing a skateboarder’s elbow during an arrest has resigned. The Lawrence Journal World reports that Brad Williams’ resignation took effect Jan. 6. Police spokesperson Patrick Compton did not indicate a reason for...

University withdraws directive muting Kansas student paper

Jan. 15, 2021 1:21 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The president of Haskell Indian Nations University has walked back a directive instructing the school’s student newspaper editor not to contact any government agency for information while representing the newspaper or “attack” any student, faculty member or staff...

Members of the Kansas Capitol Police and Kansas Highway Patrol stand guard outside of the Kansas Senate Chambers Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 within the Kansas Statehouse. (Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas expects protests; governor limits Statehouse access

Jan. 14, 2021 8:22 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly is restricting access to the Kansas Statehouse due to the possibility of an armed protest, telling state lawmakers Thursday that an event is planned for Sunday with “other potential gatherings” next week. The Democratic governor's chief of staff, Will...

Police: Woman dies after being hit by train in Lawrence

Jan. 14, 2021 9:41 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A woman has died after being hit by a train in Lawrence, officials said. The incident happened late Wednesday night at BNSF tracks near Second and Indiana streets, television station KSNT reported. Officers and medics were called to the scene by someone reporting that a person had...

McCormack scores 17 as No. 6 Kansas edges Oklahoma, 63-59

Jan. 9, 2021 7:37 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The message from Kansas coach Bill Self to his team was simple: You played lousy for 20 minutes and you're still in the game, tailing Oklahoma by just two points at halftime. Quite the compliment, in a roundabout way — and an odd but effective way to provide some confidence....

Historic neighborhood named for slave owner wants new name

Jan. 7, 2021 10:43 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Residents of a historic area of Lawrence want to ditch their neighborhood's name because it honors a slave owner. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Pinckney Neighborhood Association announced this week that it is now taking suggestions for a new name. The neighborhood was...