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We are working to create collections of resources that we hope will be helpful to our readers in Lawrence and Douglas County, and perhaps even beyond.
The posts below are part of that effort, and this page aims to curate our most helpful articles in one place. It’s our “News you can use.”
Please be aware that some of these posts may have “shelf lives,” meaning they may pertain to limited-time sources of help. Even so, the posts that appear here should also contain information and links to resources that can be helpful anytime.
LATEST HELPFUL ARTICLES
Family members, friends and advocates of those identifying as LGBTQ+ soon will have a new local resource to help them and their loved ones.
Where to see holiday lights in Lawrence: Introducing The Lawrence Times 2022 Festive Map of Holiday Homes. John Brown marks the spot!
After what critics call decades of underfunding, mental health reform is underway in Kansas. Here’s a Q&A on what it means for Bert Nash and its clients.
President Joe Biden announced Monday that student loan borrowers can begin to apply for debt relief through a new online application.
There are local, state and national races on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election, plus two more constitutional amendments and a question about expanding Douglas County’s government to add two additional commissioners. Here’s what local voters should know.
Chris Leiszler is one Lawrencian unaffected by the lack of a Spirit Halloween store this year: crafting costumes in lieu of store-bought ones is his specialty.
”Failing to accommodate disabled people in public discourse, in meetings, and on boards can result in loss of their contributions; programs that are exclusionary; plans that fail to address community needs; and events that do not comply with civil rights laws,” Dot Nary writes in this column.
Lawrence and Douglas County law enforcement is cracking down on impaired and distracted driving starting Saturday and continuing through Labor Day. DUI convictions in Kansas have stiff penalties. Here’s what you should know.
A partnership between a Lawrence church and attorney aims to educate and empower queer parents and LGBTQ+ community members to safeguard their families’ legal rights.
Jury nullification is allowed, but few know about this legal process because courts don’t tell juries they have this power.
Kansas mothers now have health care coverage under KanCare up to 12 months post-delivery, and retroactive to April 1, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday.
Some of the local sites offering free summer meals for kids will soon wind down for the year, but one more is now available two days a week through Saturday, Aug. 13.
The deadline to request an advance ballot by mail is Tuesday — here’s how to do that. Also, County Clerk Jamie Shew shares how his office is handling hundreds of different ballots for Douglas County voters this year after redistricting.
On Tuesday, Aug. 2, voters statewide will decide on an issue that could permanently change Kansans’ health care rights.
Who’s getting abortions in Kansas? Here are some stats, plus answers to some FAQs about the amendment vote and what it means.
As a group of Lawrence moms and more band together to overcome a nationwide baby formula shortage, they’re showing the power of mutual aid and setting a model for how people in other communities can help their neighbors survive tough times.
Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health is offering long-term birth control, including an arm implant and two types of IUDs, with flexible payment options.
The federal program that was providing universal free meals for all students amid the pandemic has been discontinued. Here’s how to apply for free or reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year in Lawrence Public Schools.
Beginning Saturday, Kansans considering suicide or experiencing a mental health crisis will be only 3 digits away from speaking directly to trained counselors available 24/7 and year-round.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday announced the launch of an online call log, containing all calls received and initiated by sheriff’s office employees for the past seven days.
Here’s our quick and easy voter guide — find out how to quickly register to vote, what’s on the Aug. 2 ballot, and choose how to cast your ballot in Douglas County, Kansas.
It’s that time of year again — many Lawrence renters’ leases run from August to July.
Here’s a Q&A to help address some of the common issues renters encounter near the beginning or end of a lease.
At the end of the day, both the driver getting pulled over and the officer making the stop want to make it home safely. A Lawrence police lieutenant and a prosecutor on Saturday shared some advice on how to do that, plus other rights you should know.
Nothing has changed in Kansas, and those who need access to an abortion can still get one. But that could change on Aug. 2.
Staff members in the Douglas County clerk’s office are still working to make sure they’ve got everything right before letting voters know about changes as the result of redistricting this year.
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