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Erin Castaneda

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Sen. Pine resigns from drainage district board

After questions surface about state senator Roger Pine's performance as the district's treasurer, he resigns from the Douglas County Kaw Drainage District Board.

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Storm shortens festival

Severe weather weakens before reaching area

A severe storm moved into Lawrence Thursday night as expected, although it had weakened from earlier in the day in central Kansas. The storm did cause an early end to the opening day of the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival at Clinton State Park. About 7:45 p.m. festival organizers along with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office began to warn festivalgoers to seek shelter where they could.

Summer events scheduled to be downtown draw

Several summer events are just around the corner in downtown Lawrence. "I can't wait to get them going," said Jane Pennington, director of Downtown Lawrence Inc. One of the first events is the Downtown Lawrence Film Festival that kicks off on Thursday. "I'm really anxious for the first film; it's going to be a lot of fun," Pennington said.

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Outdoor concert impresses visitors

The city's first major outdoor downtown concert proved successful Wednesday night, leaving many people wanting more family-friendly outdoor events of its kind in the future. On the lawn north of the Lawrence Arts Center where opening band Retribution Gospel Choir and headliner Wilco played, Vanessa Sanburn, Jake Lowen and their five-year-old daughter Nadia Sanburn relaxed in between sets.