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Don “Red Dog” Gardner rewarded for community service

LAWRENCE, Kan. — He’s in his 70′s, but young at heart, and now his thousands of hours of volunteering to help others stay young at heart are being recognized.

Don “Red Dog” Gardner is a Lawrence fixture and an inspiration too.

“That one I was proud of, and to be truthful, I even voted one time for myself,” said 75-year-old Gardner, who is the Kansas winner of the Home Instead Senior Care service award. “I’m just overwhelmed!”

Gardner is being recognized for his dedicated community service, including his work with Red Dog’s Dog Days, a free community fitness program for Lawrence residents.

“It helped kids get in better shape,” said Gardner. “What I used to always tell the kids, if I told them to do it, I could do it. Not anymore!”

TJ Everett, who has been participating in Dog Days since he was seven, admires Gardner.

Head for the Cure donates $65,000 to KU Cancer Center

In a special presentation, the University of Kansas Cancer Center received $65,000 from the Head for the Cure Foundation on Friday.

That’s 20 per cent of its KC 5K Run proceeds, which had a record turnout last year with more than 5,100 participants.

Most proceeds from the Head for the Cure 5K go to the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative, but last year the Head for the Cure board of directors committed to granting the 20 per cent to KU Cancer Center to demonstrate Head for the Cure’s support. In 2013, Head for the Cure granted a total of $375,000 to the BTTC.

The KU Cancer Center is now one of 23 ‘high-profile’ hospitals that are part of the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative research network.

Lawrence police seek bank robbery suspect

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Police are investigating after a man robbed a credit union in Lawrence.

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Robbery suspect

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, police responded to the report of a bank robbery said to have taken place at the Trinity Credit Union in the 3400 block of W. 6th Street in Lawrence.

New testing platform in Kansas victimized by “information bombing” says developer

KANSAS CITY — In the past, the Kansas State Assessments have been multiple choice. The State Department of Education is testing a new computer system that allows students to be more interactive, and made it clear that this year was a field test of this new system. They expected some glitches just like when they began online testing in 2003.

The director of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation that developed the new testing platform for the Kansas Department of Education is Marianne Perie. She says there is nothing wrong with the test or the program itself, but they have been the victims what she calls “information bombing.”

“I think the interesting thing was we had a really good day last Wednesday and a really good day Monday, and those were the next two days we got hit,” she said.

Virtual schools worry about Kan. education funds as cuts loom

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Kansas Legislature is facing potential budget cuts for the state’s education system, and Kansas virtual public schools could be one part of the educational system that sees a dramatic change in its state funding. One family that relies on virtual schooling says that change could change their entire lives.

Wherever the Winters kids go, school is likely in session. That’s because these three siblings go to school virtually, so as long as their laptops are connected, school can continue.

“I can work at my own pace, and I can get creative with my assignments,” said 14-year-old Madisyn Winters.

The Winters kids started going to school online using the Maize Virtual Preparatory School this year. The program follows Kansas school curriculum and students have to pass state tests.

UG official says uniform approach to open carry regulation not feasible

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — If a bill in the Kansas Legislature is passed, cities and counties would not be able to regulate open carry gun laws. Some say a uniform approach would limit confusion, but others say it strips away local control.

Since the time before Kansas became a state, cities have had the ability to regulate open carry of guns. Several communities, including some here in the metro, want to keep it that way.

“Let the local communities allow that local control to help decide this issue, don’t mandate it from the state.” said Mike Taylor

Taylor spoke with FOX 4 by phone Tuesday because he’s in Topeka lobbying on behalf of the Unified Government.

“We’re able to regulate the open carry of guns on our city streets by city ordinance, and we think we have the right to do that and in our community it’s a smart thing to do and this bill would take away that right,” explained Taylor.

Andrew Wiggins declares for NBA Draft

LAWRENCE, Kan. – On Monday afternoon, with his parents and his brother Mitch by his side, Andrew Wiggins announced that his freshman season would be his only one as a Kansas Jayhawk. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year announced in a news conference inside Allen Fieldhouse that he will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Wiggins has been atop mock draft boards since his arrival in Lawrence last summer as the No. 1 recruit in the country, making Monday’s announcement fairly anti-climactic.

His historical freshman campaign was capped by All-America honors from five different outlets, membership on the elite USBWA Freshman All-America Team and now concludes with the decision to forgo his last three collegiate seasons to take his talents to the professional stage.

“This wasn’t an easy decision for me,” Wiggins said at his news conference. “College goes by so fast. I can see why people stay all four years.”