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Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - July 3, 2015, Lawrence, Kansas Sunny, mild Today’s forecast, page 8A High: 80 Low: 61 Business 2 A Classified 6 C- 9C Comics 6 A Deaths 2 A Events listings 5A, 2C Horoscope 1 0C Opinion 7 A Puzzles 1 0C Sports 1 C- 5C Television 8A, 2C USA Today 1B- 8B INSIDE Vol. 157/ No. 184 30 pages Kansas officials took the first step Thursday toward borrowing $ 1 billion to shore up the troubled state retirement system. Page 3A Join us at Facebook. com/ LJWorld and Twitter. com/ LJWorld State pensions Gulf states, BP settle at $ 18.7 billion over spill. 1B storage throughout for hobbyists and an ideal location for any commuter! MLS 136109 $ 178,000 a relaxed atmosphere to unwind or enjoy time with family and friends! Stop by and check it out! $ 382,500 Never a Better Time 841- 4500/ stephensre. com Section BB | hometownlawrence. com J ournal - W orld L A W R E N C E ® $ 1.00 LJWorld. com FRIDAY • JULY 3 • 2015 Chad Lawhorn clawhorn@ ljworld. com Town Talk Gov. plans response to gay marriage T opeka ( ap ) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday he’s considering proposing a new religious objections law for Kansas following the U. S. Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage, and he defended his administration’s cautious response to the ruling. Same- sex couples can obtain marriage licenses in all 105 Kansas counties, but the Brownback weighing ‘ religious objections’ law for Kansas Brownback has been a strong supporter of the state’s gay marriage ban. Please see RESPONSE, page 2A Lawrence home sales up 25 percent M aybe it is time to sell the house, and I’m not just saying that because I perhaps didn’t keep up on the dish washing quite as well as I had planned while my wife was away this week. No, the real reason is because new Lawrence home sale numbers are out, and there are lots of indications the market Please see HOME, page 2A Late newspaper delivery: See Saturday’s Journal- World for exclusive coverage of Kansas University basketball in South Korea. Note that delivery of Saturday’s newspaper may be delayed in order to provide readers with complete coverage of the team’s game versus Turkey at 10 p. m. Lawrence time tonight. Home delivery of Saturday’s newspaper should be complete by 8: 30 a. m. the flight . the food . the fun . Exclusive coverage Live from South Korea now it’s time to play . KU VS. TURKEY 10 P. M. ESPNU SPORTS, 1C KUSPORTS. COM/ KOREA SMU’s Nic Moore, right, and his KU teammates have had a busy week. Journal- World Photo Illustration Mike Yoder and Kansas University Photos By Chad Lawhorn Twitter: @ clawhorn_ ljw More money is needed to keep city employees from leaving for other jobs, and that means city residents will be asked to pay a bit more in property taxes in 2016, according to a recommended budget from the city manager. Interim City Manager Diane Stoddard is calling for a 1.057 mill increase in the city’s property tax rate to fund additional employee wages and reinstatement of city funding for a program that puts mental health and social workers in the school district. The bulk of the approximately $ 900,000 that would be raised by the tax increase would go to increased wages. Labor agreements near New multiyear work contracts for the city’s fire department and police department are close to being finalized. City Hall officials and leaders with the Lawrence Professional Firefighters union and the Lawrence Police Officers Association announced Thursday afternoon that they have reach a “ conceptual agreement” on new work contracts. Firefighters and the city are close to finalizing a four- year agreement, while the police officers will consider a three- year agreement. The memberships of the firefighters and police groups still must ratify the proposed contracts. City commissioners also must approve the contracts. Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the contracts at their July 14 meeting. Details of the proposed contracts haven’t yet been released, but Interim City Manager Diane Stoddard said her recommended 2016 budget calls for a variety of increases for both groups based on results of studies that looked at police and fire wages in cities such as Olathe, Kansas City, Lenexa, Overland Park and Topeka. — Chad Lawhorn CITY BUDGET Property tax hike would pay for raises Reinvesting in our employees has been a theme.” — Diane Stoddard, interim city manager “ Please see RAISES, page 2A CITY COMMISSION SPECIALIZING IN REAL ESTATE LENDING LAWRENCE 4114 W. 6th St. • 785- 841- 8055 BALDWIN CITY 802 Ames • 785- 594- 2100 WELLSVILLE Learn more at www. mid- americabank. com 1008 Poplar St. • 785- 883- 4081 We originate and service a variety of loans including... HOME MORTGAGE FOR SALE SOLD CONSTRUCTION, LAND & LOTS RENTAL & INVESTMENT COMMERCIAL HOME IMPROVEMENT

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