Douglas County announced a new public health order limiting group gatherings and requiring restaurants to close in-person dining by 10 p.m. The county has reported 87 new cases since Thursday, brining the positivity rate to 11.5%.
Local & State Government
The University of Kansas legal counsel wants to remove a non-discrimination clause from its memorandum of agreement with a graduate teaching assistant union.
Individual counties will have one week to create their own ordinance mandating the use of face masks in public spaces, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday.
A University of Kansas task force that reviewed campus policing practices released its final report Thursday. The report focused on reforming KU PSO policies, like improving responses to mental health calls.
Douglas County health officials are prohibiting mass gatherings beyond 15 people to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 after a recent spike in cases. The revised public health order will take effect Friday.
Douglas County health officials confirmed 63 new coronavirus cases since Tuesday, bringing the county total to 560 active cases. Douglas County has had at least 3,524 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.
District attorney-elect Suzanne Valdez detailed her plans once in office. She aims to focus on issues including justice reform, combatting systematic racism and keeping jail populations low. She will take office in January.
University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod and Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer announced that the fall 2020 salary cuts for employees making more than $50,000 will not carry on into the spring semester.
After Joe Biden was declared U.S. president-elect by the Associated Press Saturday, Lawrence residents headed to Massachusetts Street to celebrate the former vice president's victory.
Douglas County election officials released unofficial final election results in the 2020 general election, after closing all polls at 7 p.m.
Douglas County Democratic candidates Christina Haswood, Marci Francisco and Barbara Ballard claimed victory Tuesday night. Haswood will be the third Native American woman to serve in the Kansas Legislature.