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State engineering initiative has helped boost enrollment, graduates at KU

Engineering enrollment at KU has grown in a big way — from 1,898 in 2012 to 2,381 in 2016, according to figures released in January by the Kansas Board of Regents. Less than five years into the 10-year, $105 million University Engineering Initiative Act, KU has met and exceeded its targeted number of graduates.

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At 50, once ‘luxurious’ Naismith Hall is turning its sales pitch to affordability

504-bed facility is only privately owned residence hall in Lawrence

When it opened in 1966, Naismith Hall was billed as “luxurious living.” And it had a pricetag to match. “The unique design of this building will allow a maximum of study, living and recreational space — all with the greatest amount of individual privacy,” a 1965 Lawrence Daily Journal-World advertisement said. A room plus three meals per day cost $547.50 a semester, almost $200 more than a University of Kansas residence hall at the time, according to a 1966 article.

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KU’s $78.5 million EEEC designed to foster modern geology, petroleum engineering study

New building is slated for completion later this year

The outside of the new building going up at 15th Street and Naismith Drive on the University of Kansas campus will yield clues about what field of study is happening inside.

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KU alumnus' startup making inroads in sports tech industry

A year ago Austin Barone was catching his breath after a 21-hour semester, his last at the University of Kansas. Heading into this year’s industry sales season — Barone leaves Friday for the American Football Coaches Association convention — Just Play Sports Solutions has clients nationwide from high school to at least one pro team, a board of directors with semi-celebrity names, and an optimistic outlook.

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'It’s the impact you have on people’s lives': Retiring KU professor invented widely used drugs for HIV and other conditions

Val Stella taught at KU 43 years

There’s a high chance you know someone whose life has been saved, extended or improved by a drug invented by University of Kansas professor Valentino Stella, who retired this semester after 43 years teaching at KU. “About two-thirds through my career, all of a sudden I realized this is not about publishing another paper,” said Stella, distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at KU. “It’s not the papers, it’s not the grants, it’s not the accolades. It’s the impact you have on people’s lives.”

KU startup business aims to develop and market drug for people with iron overload

A University of Kansas researcher who believes he has discovered a drug to prevent iron overload in people with hereditary hemochromatosis has created a startup business to get the pill through clinical trials and, hopefully, to the market where people can use it.

Lawrence roofer ordered to pay more than $46,000 in restitution

A Lawrence contractor will have to make more than $46,000 in restitution payments before he can get back into the roofing business.

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KU business school teacher is powerlifting world champ

Raise your hand if your college professor can deadlift more than 400 pounds. Not many hands? Unless you’re in Joe Walden’s supply chain management class at the University of Kansas.

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From ‘frosting on the cake’ to ‘fabric of the university’: KU Endowment marks 125 years

KU Endowment, the country’s first foundation for a public university, marks its 125th anniversary this year. Without the association’s funding KU would be a shadow of its present self — in acreage, buildings and financial support for students, faculty and other initiatives.

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Former Kroger CEO David Dillon will head KU chancellor search committee

David Dillon, retired chairman and CEO of The Kroger Co. and a University of Kansas alumnus, will head the search committee for a new KU chancellor.

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.