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Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - March 14, 2015, Lawrence, Kansas J ournal - W orld L A W R E N C E ® 75 cents LJWorld. com SATURDAY • MARCH 14 • 2015 Mostly sunny Today’s forecast, page 10A High: 68 Low: 31 Business 2 A Classified 7 B- 10B Comics 1 2B Deaths 2 A Events listings 7A, 2B Horoscope 1 1B Opinion 9 A Puzzles 1 1B Society 7 A Sports 1 B- 6B Television 10A, 2B INSIDE Vol. 157/ No. 73 22 pages Join us at Facebook. com/ LJWorld and Twitter. com/ LJWorld Lawrence High’s boys basketball team won a spot in today’s Class 6A state championship game with a win Friday night. Page 1B LHS advances Topeka man, 30, guilty in Lawrence murder A jury on Friday found 30- year- old Archie Robinson, of Topeka, guilty of first- degree murder and aggravated robbery in the shooting death of 39- year- old Patrick Roberts, of Lawrence. Prosecutors allege that Robinson kicked in the door to Roberts’ Lawrence home around 3 a. m. March 8, 2014, with co- defendant Dustin Walker, tried to steal money and marijuana from Roberts and shot him when he didn’t comply. On Tuesday, Roberts’ 17- year- old son, Michael Neis- Roberts, said that on the morning of his father’s death, he saw two men burst through his front door, go to Roberts’ room and say: “ Where is it?” Neis- Roberts said he then heard his father say, “ I don’t know what you are talking about,” and a gun went off. Neis- Roberts said that’s when his uncle, Roberts’ brother, came into the room, tackled Walker, who had the gun, and struggled briefly with him until the two intruders ran away. Robinson’s shoe, the gun and Walker’s hat were found at the crime scene, detectives said. Neis- Roberts said his uncle saw a third man outside run away with the two intruders. Throughout the week, jurors heard evidence that Robinson was found running from the crime scene barefoot in bloodstained clothing shortly after Roberts was shot in the abdomen. Kansas Bureau of Investigations forensic By Caitlin Doornbos Twitter: @ CaitlinDoornbos Robinson COURTS Please see MURDER, page 2A House approves historic rewrite T opeka — The Kansas House gave final passage Friday to a bill that radically overhauls the way schools are funded in Kansas, but it took more than two hours — and a special flight on a state plane — to bring one lawmaker back from Coffeyville to Topeka, to corral all the legislators needed to send the bill to the Senate. The Senate is likely to take up the bill next week, but a senior aide there said Senate leaders have not yet decided whether to debate their own version of the bill or merely concur with the House version. In the House, the bill passed by a vote of 64- 57. But leaders had to hold the roll open for more than two hours to get that many yes votes. When the initial vote was taken shortly after 8 a. m., the vote stood at 62- 57, one By Peter Hancock Twitter: @ LJWpqhancock SCHOOL FINANCE l A three- judge panel in Topeka issued an order Friday suggesting it might block any new school funding plan from taking effect. Page 7A LEGISLATURE Please see REWRITE, page 7A Nick Krug/ Journal- World Photos KANSAS UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT in architecture Kim McKeever, of Kansas City, Mo., glances up to look over her progress as she moves between the roof studs adding caulk to ensure an airtight seal as work continues at the 1301 New York St. Net Zero House on Friday. McKeever and other Studio 804 architecture students began constructing the energy- efficient home in late January. The house, which is slated for completion in the middle of May, is being designed with some of the highest standards for energy efficiency, including off- the- grid energy use and a construction that challenges conventional methods of home building. LEFT: A sign in front of the house shows an illustration of the design. See the video at LJWorld. com/ NetZeroHouse KU project rising on New York Street T here will be a world champion in Tuesday’s Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade — six of them actually — and I dare you to give them a hard time about not being green enough. The Express Clydesdales, a team of six black and white Clydesdales that have been in parades and competitions throughout North America, have been added to the parade’s roster. In addition, Lawrence residents will have a chance to see the horses up close. The team will be providing wagon rides from noon Chad Lawhorn clawhorn@ ljworld. com Town Talk If you go: The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1 p. m. Tuesday at 11th and Massachusetts streets. The Express Clydesdales Contributed Photo World champion horse team added to Tuesday’s St. Patrick’s parade Please see PARADE, page 2A THIS IS IT A win today in K. C. gives the Jayhawks the Big 12 Tourney. SPORTS, 1B

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