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Peter Hancock

Statehouse/politics reporter

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I cover K-12 education. That includes Lawrence USD 497 as well as state policy issues from the legislature and State Board of Education.

I am a graduate of the Kansas University with bachelor's degrees in political science and education. Before joining the Journal-World, I published an online news service called the Kansas Education Policy Report. I also spent nine years as the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and worked a couple of years as the spokesman for the (former) Kansas Health Policy Authority.

You can follow me on Twitter (@pqhancock) or join our conversation about public schools on the First Bell blog.

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Regents OK $26 million indoor practice facility for KU football

The facility is planned as just one part of an overall $300 million renovation of Memorial Stadium. KU is the only school in the Big 12 conference that does not have a dedicated indoor football facility, according to Chancellor Doug Girod.

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KU gets approval for $22 million in upgrades to baseball, volleyball facilities

The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday authorized the University of Kansas to spend $22 million, all from private donations and athletic funds, to upgrade its baseball stadium and volleyball center.

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Kansas appeals court upholds conviction in theft, sale of KU championship rings for meth

Mandy Hurd was convicted in 2014 of stealing two KU championship rings from her father-in-law, a Kansas University Athletics Department official, and selling the rings in exchange for methamphetamine.

Jayhawks to meet MU in soccer home finale

Kansas savoring record-setting season

By Chuck Woodling Mark Francis pulls no punches when asked about the winningest and highest scoring soccer season in Kansas University history.

League coaches relate to lawsuit

Marian Washington's lawsuit against Dick Vitale and others connected with a magazine critical of the Kansas women's basketball coach has drawn attention -- and some understanding -- from other Big Eight coaches.

Lawsuit was last resort

At one time, Marian Washington would have settled for an apology. Now the price is $10 million.When Washington, Kansas' women's basketball coach the past 22 seasons, filed a $10 million lawsuit against analyst Dick Vitale and others, it was a last resort, according to her attorney, Robert Bell.

Washington files lawsuit versus Vitale

Marian Washington's decision to file a $10 million defamation suit against television analyst Dick Vitale and others for comments made about her in a preseason publication was hers alone.

Cox impresses Schwartz

Kansas track coach Gary Schwartz couldn't help but be impressed with Michael Cox. Cox, a KU senior, ran a 4:00.93 in the men's mile at the Kansas Relays on Saturday. It was the fourth-fastest time outdoors in KU history.

BCA boycotts NABC summit

Its name is the Black Coaches Association, but its mission concerns more than coaches. It easily could be called the Student-Athletes and Black Coaches Association.

Washington splits duties as KU coach, BCA president

Sometimes, one Marian Washington isn't enough. Being head coach of Kansas' women's basketball team and president of the Black Coaches Association could easily employ the efforts of two people.

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