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KANSAS FRESHMAN GUARD FRANK MASON leads participants through dribbling drills during the 30th annual Wilt Chamberlain Special Olympics Clinic Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.
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A hearing on the bill is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.
Wichita — The Wichita Eagle reports several of the state’s leading authorities on human trafficking are expected to attend the event Monday, which is open to the public. Karen Countryman-Roswurm, executive director of WSU’s Center to Combat Human Trafficking, will moderate a discussion that will include Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Timothy Henderson, presiding judge for the 18th Judicial District Juvenile Division in Sedgwick County. The Monday gathering is the first in a week-long
lications in coverage of Uganda’s national election, something he says will be an intense, sensitive situation. Because, unlike journalism in the United States, Gibson says, there are risks. According to BBC News, Ugandan authorities shut down the Daily Monitor last spring after it published a letter alleging that President Yoweri Museveli was grooming his son to succeed him. “Journalism is easy here. It’s not easy there,” Gibson said, noting the shutdown. “That’s one of the things drawing me there.” After two years at the position, Gibson hopes a Ugandan, and not another American, will take over the operation. “Everything I do is going to be looking at longterm,” Gibson said. “If I can leave from there knowing I may have helped a little bit, then I will feel that it’s been a success.” In Uganda, Gibson will
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Pittsburg team, and Bekah Henderson, the 2012-2013 Big 12 Special Olympian of the Year and member of the Topeka Jr. Blues, presented the plaque to Self prior to the clinic. “Thank you for being cool and spending your Sunday afternoon with us,” Peters said through a microphone. “Rock Chalk!” Olympians then split into groups, where they rotated among stations headed by KU players performing different drills. Among them, Naadir Tharpe worked at a layup station, Perry Ellis guided participants through free throws, Frank Mason manned dribbling exercises and Andrew Wiggins oversaw a finish-at-the-rim drill.
Salina — Saline County commissioners are expected to consider a policy that would allow county employees who have concealed carry permits to carry their weapons while at work. The Salina Journal reports the policy would prohibit those employees from storing or leaving firearms in bags, coats, purses or briefcases. The commission is scheduled to consider the policy during a meeting Tuesday. All meetings except executive sessions are open to the public.
JAMAR TILLMAN, OF PAOLA, shows off his dance moves to Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins and the rest of the participants Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse. There were plenty of high-fives, cheering and general clowning around in between. “Today is our day off, but our guys are always juiced to be a part of this,” Self said. “It’s amazing to me, I think that we get as much out of it as the [Special Olympians] do.” The clinic began less than 24 hours after the Jayhawks topped TCU on the road, 91-69, Saturday
night. At the clinic last year, KU was coming off a home loss to Oklahoma State, so this year the Jayhawks didn’t need any cheering up. “Last year we came in here and they gave us a bit of energy and made us feel better and helped us turn it around,” forward Jamari Traylor said. “So this year we’re just going to bring it for them and have fun in here.”
percent pay increase for state employees, but it doesn’t include funding for the measure for higher education institutions. By the way, the last time classified employees received a pay raise in Kansas was in 2009 when they got a 2.5 percent increase.
What’s next: l 9 a.m. Monday — Briefing by Kansas Bioscience Authority CEO Duane Cantrell to House Appropriations Committee, room 112-North. l 1:30 p.m. Monday — Hearing on Senate Bill 302, making surrogate parenting contracts unenforceable, before Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, 118-North. Opponents scheduled to testify. l 3:30 p.m. Monday — Hearing on Kansas Board of Regents budget before House Education Budget Committee, room 281-North. l 3:30 p.m. Monday — Overview of new income tax law by Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan, before House Taxation Committee, room 582-North. l 9 a.m. Tuesday — Hearing on House Bill 2453, dealing with religion and marriage, before House Federal and State Affairs, room 346-South. l 12:30 p.m. Tuesday — The Kansas Health Institute is hosting an event on Medicaid expansion at the Ramada Topeka Downtown, 420 SE 6th Avenue. l 1:30 p.m. Tuesday — Hearing on Senate Bill 302, making surrogate parenting contracts unenforceable, before Senate Public Health
Jenkins to be challenged in GOP primary State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-Leavenworth, announced over the weekend he will challenge U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, in the GOP primary for the 2nd District, which includes Lawrence. Fitzgerald says he’s running to vote against House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio for speaker. Jenkins is part of Boehner’s leadership team. Fitzgerald announced his intentions at the state Republican Party’s convention in Wichita, according to The Associated Press. At the meeting, Gov. Sam Brownback said 2nd District Republicans “have the toughest district.” The presumed Democratic nominee is Margie Wakefield of Lawrence.
Repeal of mortgage registration tax Senate Bill 298, eliminating the mortgage registration tax has been filed, and is expected to get a hearing soon. The Kansas Bankers Association and Kansas Realtors Association are lobbying legislators to eliminate the mortgage registration tax, arguing that it is unfair because those who pay cash for a home avoid paying the tax. But Douglas County officials said repeal of the tax, paid when mortgages are filed with the county, would cut needed revenue. In Douglas County, loss of the mortgage registration fee would short the county $1.766 million per year, the equivalent of a 1.5 mil increase in the property taxes, which would mean a $26 increase Brownback proposes on a $150,000 house, pay raise but no funds and a $190 on commerGov. Sam Brownback cial property worth has recommended a 1.5 $500,000.
As executive editor, Gibson will oversee editorial operations of the national daily newspaper, the Daily Monitor, two radio stations, digital media and other publications. The Daily Monitor, Uganda’s leading independent daily newspaper, is perceived as favoring the opposition, Gibson said. While there, he hopes to temper bias and add balance. “In the world of journalism outside the U.S., most publications do have a perspective, and journalists tend to inject themselves in there,” Gibson said. “I’m not going to make it an American newspaper; it needs to be truly Ugandan. But I am going to insist that the stories be far more balanced.” As executive editor, Gibson will lead the pub-
and Welfare Committee, 118-North. Proponents scheduled to testify. l 1:30 p.m. Tuesday — Hearing on House Bill 2435, prohibiting minors’ access to tanning device, before House Health and Human Services Committee, room 546-South. l 3:30 p.m. Tuesday — Hearing on Kansas Board of Regents budget before House Education Budget Committee, room 281-North. l 9:30 a.m. Wednesday — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaking to Senate Ethics and Elections Committee. l 1:30 p.m. Wednesday — Briefing on proposal to draw water from the Missouri River to western Kansas to House Agricultural and Natural Resources Budget Committee, room 142-South. l 9 a.m. Thursday — Hearing on House Bill 2473, pre-empting regulations of certain weapons by cities and counties, before House Federal and State Affairs Committee, room 346-South. Quote of the week: “That jelly is cold.” State Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, said as she watched a pregnant woman prepped for a sonogram during a meeting of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.
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Robert Scott Gillaspie, 37, Lawrence, and Emily Elizabeth Filley, 25, Lawrence. Christopher John Garcia, 34, Lawrence, and Darcy Lorraine Tolbert, 33, Lawrence. Joseph Charles Moore, 25, Lawrence, and Tiffany Renee Fields, 24, Lawrence. David Ryan Monroe, 42, Berryton, and Jennifer Nicole Monroe, 45, Berryton. John Andrew Brooks II, 28, St. Louis, Mo., and Rebekah Lynne Meek, 27, Lawrence. Michael Anthony Erickson, 30, Baldwin City, and Desiray Iva Nichols, 26, Baldwin City. Tom Johannes Bernardus De Man, 28, Atlanta, and Amanda Ashley Pierce, 25, Atlanta.
Divorces Christine Hoang-Nguyen, 47, Lawrence, and Trung Van Nguyen, 55, Lawrence. Jennifer Woerner, 40, Meriden, and Bryan
rely on current staff to advise him on the country’s culture. And, though he knows Swahili, Gibson will work to learn Luganda, a local language. Gibson earned a Bachelor of Arts in African Studies in 1977 and a master’s degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in international journalism in 1994, both from the University of Florida. He worked for 34 years as a newspaper reporter, editor and news executive, and he taught at KU for 17 years before retiring last year. Though Gibson retired from KU in May 2013, he continued to teach classes last fall, and he planned to teach this spring. A visiting professor will take over his classes and live in the Gibsons’ home. Joyce, a librarian and media assistant with Lawrence Public Schools, is in the process of retiring before leaving for Uganda. For the next two years, she plans to volunteer with local schools, explore Africa and keep a daily blog.
Woerner, 40, Lawrence. Jody Lynn Gregory, 40, Eudora, and Jeffrey Lawrence Gregory, 41, Eudora. Verda Nadine Briggs, 78, Lawrence, and Larry W. Briggs, 67, Baldwin City. Pamela M. Holden, 54, Lawrence, and Timothy J. Holden, 58, Lawrence. Casey Rae Fewel, 30, Lawrence, and Thomas Ezra Fewel, 33, Lawrence.
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Topeka — One lane of westbound traffic on Interstate 70 in northeast Kansas has reopened after a semitrailer fire closed that portion of the highway. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the section of highway in Wabaunsee and Riley counties was reopened to traffic Saturday morning after the fire was put out. The fire was reported earlier Saturday at mile marker 318 in Riley County.
I-70 reopened after semi-trailer fire
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