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Capitol Federal reports increased earnings

Topeka-based Capitol Federal Financial announced profits for its banks rose by more than 10 percent in the most recent quarter.

UMB Bank reports lower earnings for 2015

Kansas City-based UMB Financial Corp. announced Wednesday that deposits and loan volumes at is banks grew in 2015, but profits declined slightly for the year.

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Lawrence's new Athletic Strength Institute to host open house

Athletic Strength Institute, a new Lawrence fitness business, is now open and accepting new athletes. It will host an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at 720 E. Ninth St., Unit 3.

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City's retail vacancy rate up slightly, but still below Kansas City, national average

Lawrence saw increased vacancies in retail spaces in 2015, especially downtown, but the city’s vacancy rate still remained well below the Kansas City metro area's rate and the national average, according to an annual study of such data.

Lawrence economic development council responds to proposed changes to incentives policies

A city and county council focused on economic development informally responded Wednesday to the changes proposed by the Lawrence City Commission to the city’s economic development incentives.

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Incentives for Menard Inc. production facility to go before City Commission

It will be decided Tuesday whether Lawrence’s VenturePark will be the site of a Menard Inc. manufacturing campus, a $25 million project the company says it can’t construct without a requested public incentive package.

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City commissioners suggest changes to development incentives

Developers looking to build in Lawrence would have to better prove their need for industrial revenue bonds from the city — and potentially receive less in property tax abatements — under changes city commissioners proposed to its economic development incentives policies Tuesday.

Treanor Architects merges with Denver firm; headquarters to remain in Lawrence

Lawrence-based Treanor Architects has completed a deal that will add about 50 employees to the firm and will position the company to become more of a player in health care design projects across the country.

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George Paley, 'one-of-a-kind' Lawrence businessman and artist, dies at 67

Ask Ernie Cummings about his late friend George Paley, and he’ll offer up the old Ripple Effect, in which one action causes a series of events to unfold incrementally. “The analogy would be those circles,” Cummings said, reminiscing about the longtime businessman and artist who died Sunday after a 14-year battle with prostate cancer. “You know, throw a pebble in the pond and all those waves go out? That would be George.”

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RG Fiber starting Baldwin City residential connections, eyeing expansion to Lawrence, Eudora

Despite delays and missed timetables, CEO Mike Bosch is pleased RG Fiber started “lighting up” Baldwin City residential customers in the final weeks of December with gigabit-capacity Internet service, three months after it provided service to the Baker University campus a block north of the company’s downtown office.

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.