The University of Kansas is dropping a request for the authority to build upscale apartments that would house basketball players and other students.
University spokesman Tim Caboni says the decision to withdraw the bonding proposal came after a Kansas House committee rejected it last week.
The university was seeking bonding authority for $17.5 million to help build apartments near Allen Fieldhouse that would house 66 students. Thirty-two of the apartments would be for men's and women's basketball players.
Wichita is full of amazing public art that gives our city character. It belongs to all of us. And when it is vandalized, it hurts. It hurts emotionally, financially and it hurts the culture of our city.
Listen to a performance by Peter Mulvey at the Old Settlers Inn. Peter Mulvey is best known for his dark songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his touring and albums. You may have heard him on public radio before – he's been interviewed before on various shows and his music shows up as well. As usual, live is best. Don't miss it – he's so, so good.
We'll hear from 2003 American Idol winner Reuben Studdard. He's just released his sixth solo album, Unconditonal Love. Studdard, affectionately dubbed the “Velvet Teddy Bear” by legendary soul singer Gladys Knight, recently shed 120 pounds during NBC's Biggest Loser 15 weight loss competition.
A bill that supporters say will preserve religious freedom now faces an uncertain future in the Kansas legislature.
Bill Proponents say it will protect individuals, businesses and religious groups from being involved in same-sex marriage ceremonies for religious reasons. Opponents say it's so broadly written that it offers legal protection for discrimination. The bill passed the Kansas House last week.
House Speaker Ray Merrick says that he would not put the bill up for a vote again if he could do it over. Merrick says the House will work with the Senate to amend the bill.