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Kansas lawmakers ask to continue studying payday lending bill after hearing input on high-rate loans

A special legislative committee made no recommendation Wednesday on a bill that would put tight limits on the interest rates and fees that payday and auto title lending companies can charge, saying they first want to hear more details from the state bank commissioner about the impact of new federal rules.

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Healthy Outlook: Some like it cold — A trip to the cryospa

Cryotherapy gives new meaning to 'chilling'

The lowest naturally occurring temperature ever recorded on Earth was minus 128 degrees in 1983 in Antarctica. That almost qualifies as "Level 1" for the folks at Optimal Wellness and Cryospa, 4931 W. Sixth St., but not quite.

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Four local leaders inducted into Lawrence Business Hall of Fame

Jean Milstead worked at Douglas County Bank for 34 years, but that’s not how she thought it was going to work out.

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Health care malpractice rates to fall slightly in Kansas

Kansas health care providers will see an average 2 percent cut next year in the premiums they pay into a state-operated malpractice insurance fund.

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Kansans who install solar panels may soon pay higher electric bills

In a long-awaited and highly controversial ruling Thursday, the Kansas Corporation Commission said electric utilities may treat customers who generate their own power as a separate class and charge them higher rates in order to make sure they pay their fair share of the cost of maintaining the power grid. The ruling applies only to residential customers using what are called "distributed generation," or DG systems, such as solar panels.

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State drops case against Baldwin City man accused of selling counterfeit laundry soap

Whatever soap Brian E. Glenn was selling, prosecutors said it didn’t stand up to the “stain removal performance test.” In fact, prosecutors argued in court documents, when applied to barbecue sauce, Glenn’s laundry detergent fell 14.7 points short of authentic Tide detergent on the stain-removal index, when a mere 4 points is enough to be noticeable to consumers. That’s just one bit of the evidence in the case against Glenn that won’t be shared with a Douglas County jury this week, as previously expected.

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Colyer: Kansas making major push for Amazon headquarters

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer said Kansas is putting together "the most aggressive package we’ve ever put together" in hopes of luring Amazon.com to put its second headquarters in the Kansas City area.

Lawmakers schedule forum to hear concerns on controversial Tyson poultry plant

Democratic Sen.Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, along with Republican Reps. Jim Karleskint, of Tonganoxie, and Willie Dove, of Bonner Springs, will co-host the forum.

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Lawrence man turning maple into major league dream

Jacob Walters is chasing his major league dream out of a shop in Baldwin City. It’s not the dream of young sandlot baseball players everywhere, nor is it the dream Walters pursued through youth league baseball to the pitcher's mound of Neosho County Community College of becoming a Major League Baseball player.

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Owner says Vinland Valley Aerodrome carries on hamlet's pioneering spirit

Leaning against a wing strut of his 1946 Luscombe, Jerry Cobb said he had the best hangar in the Vinland Valley Aerodrome.

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.

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