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Business briefcase for Sept. 22

Cromwell Environmental and Cromwell Solar will celebrate their new location in downtown Lawrence with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event will begins at 4:30 p.m. Sept 26 at 615 Vermont St. A reception, tour and open house will follow.

Business briefcase for Sept. 15

OrthoKansas, LLC announced the addition of Lindsay Davison, Mallory Larkin, and Jamie Madl to its clinical staff as physician assistants, and Deva Bonnel as a physical therapy doctor. Davison is a graudate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Bonnel is a graduate of Rockhurst University; and Larkin and Madl are graduates of Kansas University.

AIG plans to add 300 jobs in Olathe, will partner with KU

State officials were on hand to celebrate a ribbon cutting at a new contact center for American International Group in Olathe.

Business briefcase for Sept. 8

Marilyn Bittenbender, of Lawrence, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns by Gov. Sam Brownback. Bittenbender is a graduate of Kansas University and works for Winbury Realty of Kansas City, LLC.

BTBC wins competitive award

Kansas University's Bioscience and Technology Business Center received a $50,000 federal grant for its role as a business accelerator and economic engine for northeast Kansas, officials reported Friday.

Sedgwick County approves money for WSU project

The proposed Innovation Campus at Wichita State University has jumped a major financial hurdle.

Business briefcase for Sept. 1

Kansas Public Radio received several awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters this month. KPR took home first place for public affairs program; first place and honorable mention for spot news; second place for complete news feature/enterprise; second place for editorial/commentary; and honorable mention for station website.

Westar Energy retirees to see changes in health care benefits

Starting next year, Westar Energy will no longer provide group health insurance for its retirees over age 65. Instead, it will provide a stipend for those people to buy Medicare Part B plans on the individual market. Company officials say it will result in a savings for about 96 percent of the people affected. By Peter Hancock

Business briefcase for Aug. 25

Kansas University announced its two employees of month for July: Larry Higgins and Natalie Parker. Higgins, an employee since the 1980s, looks after the plumbing and boiler operations. Parker, an employee since 2008, is the education program coordinator for the Center for Research on Global Change.

KU coffee shops going local with rebranding

Coffee drinkers on the Kansas University campus will soon be seeing a lot of airplanes. KU is rebranding its various coffee shops and stations to highlight their affiliation with a Kansas City, Mo., based coffee company that air-roasts its own beans and features a vintage propeller plane in its logo. By Sara Shepherd

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.