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KU Journalism School Gets $1.36 Million Bequest

Associated Press - July 26, 2013 11:20 am

Researchers at the University of Kansas are experimenting with using a blue light to help law enforcement officers nab red-light runners. Here's how the system works: Blue lights come on when traffic signals turns red, providing a visual clue to officers. The university says the blue light is visible from 360 degrees. That way even if officers can't directly see the traffic signal change, they can still know that a motorist ran a red light. Blue confirmation light systems are being installed at two intersections in Lawrence and two in Overland Park. Researchers from the university's School of Engineering will monitor the system's effectiveness during the next six months. Funding for the project comes from the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Mid-America Transportation Center.

The University of Kansas journalism school has received a $1.36 million bequest from the estate of a Kansas couple.

The university’s Endowment Association announced Thursday that the bequest from John and Mary Kaiser will be added to a scholarship fund for journalism students that the couple started in 2005.

The Lawrence Journal World reports Mary Kaiser died in January at age 84. Her husband died in 2007 at 79.

John Kaiser was a 1951 Kansas journalism graduate. The journalism school has awarded Kaiser Scholarships to nine students since 2005. The new bequest will allow the fund to more than double that number.

Each scholarship lasts four years, and some have paid for a student’s entire college education, which was the Kaisers’ wish.

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