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Solar group wants more input into review of Westar plan

A solar advocacy group has raised concerns about the decision of Kansas regulators to limit the group's input over a large utility's plan to boost rates and change its billing structure.

Retiring business owners need successors, aspiring grads want to buy, KU's RedTire program helps fix them up

The KU School of Business' RedTire initiative — which KU believes is the only one of its kind in the country — connects small-town business owners who want to retire but have no one to take over with younger professionals who want to be their own bosses. RedTire launched in July 2012 and completed its first official sale, after months of study and negotiations, in February 2014. Three years in, RedTire is doing even better than initially hoped, said Wally Meyer, director of entrepreneurship programs at KU, who came up with the idea. “We’re thrilled.” By Sara Shepherd

Mars Inc. to expand candy-making plant in Kansas

Mars Inc. announced plans Wednesday for a $100 million expansion of its candy-making plant in Kansas, a facility that was the company's first new plant in 35 years.

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KU Endowment nearing $60.5 million goal for business school, KU's most expensive privately funded building

Capitol Federal Hall construction to finish in 2016

Fundraising is all but complete for Kansas University’s most expensive privately funded academic building to date, according to KU Endowment. KU Endowment’s fundraising goal for Capitol Federal Hall, the new School of Business building on Naismith Drive, is $60.5 million, and the campaign has $3.4 million left to raise Endowment President Dale Seuferling said this month. By Sara Shepherd

Target selling pharmacy, clinic businesses to CVS Health

Target will sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses to the drugstore chain CVS Health for about $1.9 billion in a deal that combines the resources of two retailers seeking to polish their health care reputations.

Pet World could open temporary location as early as June 17

Pet World co-owner Sherry Emerson on Monday announced the pet store will open a temporary location in the former Copy, Print and Ship shop in the same 711 W. 23rd St. strip mall as Pet World’s former location as early as next Wednesday.

KU offering online MBA program starting this fall

The Kansas University School of Business will offer a fully online Master of Business Administration program starting this fall.

Cattle auctions show hectic side of rural life in Kansas

It’s the night before an auction, and cattle are beginning to arrive. Manhattan Commission Company already smells like livestock - it always does - but the back lot is also about to get loud.

Audit finds UMKC business school ran up deficit to boost enrollment

The University of Missouri-Kansas City's business school racked up a nearly $11 million operating deficit in its effort to gain national and global esteem, which ultimately tarnished the university's reputation.

Financial incentives OK'd for workplace wellness programs

In a victory for business, federal regulators said Thursday that employers can continue to use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — which enforces laws against discrimination — also proposed some safeguards for employees.

Sister city students visit Lawrence

We are looking at hot temperatures across the region today with a high of 92 degrees and a heat index pushing 100 degrees. Look for clouds and area thunderstorms as we head into the afternoon and evening. The wind will ...

Black Friday shopping in Lawrence

Black Friday shoppers descended on area stores from Thursday midnight to early Friday morning, looking for those special deals.

Bev Billings speaks on behalf of the late Bob Billings, Lawrence Business Hall of Fame class of 2011

Bev Billings, widow of the late Bob Billings, co-founder of Alvamar Inc., discusses how Bob Billings likely would have reacted to bring named one of four 2011 laureates for the Lawrence Business Hall of Fame. Bev Billings answered questions after an announcement event Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Lawrence Country Club.

Jim Owens, Lawrence Business Hall of Fame class of 2011

Jim Owens, a former Lawrence mayor and former co-owner of Owens Flower Shop, discusses what it feels like to be named one of four 2011 laureates for the Lawrence Business Hall of Fame. He answered questions after an announcement event Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Lawrence Country Club.

Gene Meyer, Lawrence Business Hall of Fame class of 2011

Gene Meyer, president and CEO of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, discusses being named one of four 2011 laureates for the Lawrence Business Hall of Fame. He answered questions after an announcement event Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Lawrence Country Club.

Shirley Martin-Smith, Lawrence Business Hall of Fame class of 2011

Shirley Martin-Smith, a former Lawrence mayor who owns the local Adecco franchise and Martin-Smith Personnel Services in Lawrence, discusses being named one of four 2011 laureates for the Lawrence Business Hall of Fame. She answered questions after an announcement event Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Lawrence Country Club.

Online Sales Hurt Local Economy

Americans have spent more than $17 billion online this holiday season. While that may be good news for the nation's economy, it can have a negative effect here in Lawrence.

Local Retailers Confused About Four Loko Ban

Distributors of Four Loko and other energy drinks that combine alcohol and caffeine can no longer supply such products to Kansas stores. But some Lawrence retailers are unsure as to whether they can sell the drinks they have left in stock.

Manhattan shirt shop makes game day profit

A Manhattan t-shirt shop has been turning a good profit thanks to a promising start to K-State's season. Fans go the extra mile to try to be creative when they know they'll be playing against KU.

Basehor development hoping for boom

Development outside the Basehor area has city residents hoping for growth. A Dollar General store is currently being built in the area and should be finished by the middle of the summer.

Holiday shoppers in line early

Local consumers were out in force Friday morning for Black Friday deals. Residents began lining up outside various stores about 4 a.m. to find shopping deals.