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Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - June 8, 2015, Lawrence, Kansas T opeka — Kansans would pay more sales tax on most items they purchase, but less tax on food, under a measure that passed the Kansas Senate on Sunday. The Senate narrowly approved the $ 423 mil lion tax plan — the largest in state history, according to some offi cials — that was needed to balance the state bud get. It now goes to the House today. Combined with a separate insurance tax bill that both cham bers passed Saturday night, the total increase By Peter Hancock Twitter: @ LJWpqjhancock Morning storms Today’s forecast, page 8A High: 85 Low: 60 Business 5A Classified 5C- 9C Comics 6A Deaths 2A Events listings 8A, 2C Horoscope 10C USA Today 1B- 8B Opinion 7A Puzzles 10C Sports 1C- 4C Television 8A, 2C INSIDE Vol. 157/ No. 159 26 pages J ournal - W orld LAWRENCE ® LJWorld. com $ 1.00 MONDAY • JUNE 8 • 2015 Join us at Facebook. com/ LJWorld and Twitter. com/ LJWorld City Wine Market has filed to open a new location in downtown Lawrence, next to what will be Port Fonda. Town Talk, 5A Ninth St. liquor USA TODAY U. S. pushes for sanctions for Russia at summit. 1B First came a failed sales tax vote in November. Then came an April elec tion that brought three new members to the Lawrence City Commission. Now, city leaders are rethinking the notion that a new, multimillion- dollar police headquarters must be located in a brand new building. A majority of city commissioners now say they want to consider retro fitting an existing building to meet the needs of the seriously cramped police department. “ I think that def initely is going to be worth our time to look at,” Mat thew Herbert, one of the new com missioners, said last week. Full disclosure: Members of the Si mons family, which owns the Journal- World and LJWorld. com, have said they intend to propose that the city buy part of their former Riverfront mall building in downtown Lawrence to use as a police headquarters. Other property owners with large spaces available across the city may make proposals as well, if city commission ers decide they want to look at the ret rofit option. By Chad Lawhorn Twitter: @ clawhorn_ ljw Herbert Soden Farmer Boley J anice Miller began attending Waka rusa Valley Elementary School in the early ’ 60s. By then, Shirley Harrell already had quite a respectable repu tation as a bus driver for the district. Although Miller never rode on Harrell’s bus, the longtime family friend said it was clear she cared about her job and her pas sengers. At the end of this school year, 53 years into the business, 85- year- old Harrell hung up her keys and decided to retire. By Conrad Swanson Twitter: @ Conrad_ Swanson ‘ I consider each of those children mine’ ONLY IN LAWRENCE A Monday feature highlighting the behind- the- scenes stars and un sung heroes who make Lawrence a special place to live. To suggest someone for an Only in Lawrence feature, email news@ ljworld. com. Put Only in Lawrence in the subject line. After 53 years, hard- working bus driver hangs up keys The first full year of claims data since the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace began is now tallied, and it appears rates for Kansans are going up as a result. That has some state and area health agen cy leaders concerned, especially for low- income residents. “ The significant increase in health insur ance rates projected for 2016 is alarming,” said Kim Polson, interim director of Law rence’s Health Care Access Clinic. “ Even with greater access to insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, we find that Health Care Access patients are already unable to afford the monthly premiums or choose plans with a high deductible, which By Sara Shepherd Twitter: @ saramarieshep Senate GOP votes for record tax hike Retrofitting an option for police HQ ACA MARKETPLACE Health leaders, poor worried by rising rates Nick Krug/ Journal- World Photo SHIRLEY HARRELL, 85, HAS RECENTLY RETIRED AFTER SPENDING THE LAST 53 YEARS DRIVING A LAWRENCE SCHOOL BUS. The majority of that time was spent driving the number 8 route. During her tenure, Harrell drove all four of her children and many of her 16 grandchildren to school. Please see POLICE, page 2A Please see RATES, page 2A Please see DRIVER, page 4A New blood in town Jayhawk basketball newcomers, including Lagerald Vick, already are getting comfortable in Lawrence. Sports, 1C KANSAS BUDGET 2015 session Today is Day 109 Previous record: 108 ( set Saturday) Taxes: Senate bill awaits House action Budget: Passed in both chambers Please see TAX, page 2A Notvalidwithotheroffers. Onecouponpercustomer. Atparticipatinglocationsuponpresentationofthisad.( seestorefordetails) Expires6/ 14/ 15. Notvalidwithotheroffers. Onecouponpercustomer. 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