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Shareholders to vote on Westar-Great Plains merger

Shareholders of Westar Energy in Topeka and Great Plains Energy, which owns Kansas City Power and Light, will meet Sept. 26 to vote on a proposed merger between the two electric utilities.

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S&P drops Kansas credit rating, citing ongoing budget issues

A major rating agency on Tuesday downgraded Kansas' credit rating for the second time in two years because of the state's budget problems.

AT&T to begin offering gigabit broadband service to Lawrence businesses

AT&T has chosen Lawrence as one of its Kansas communities to roll out new super-fast gigabit Internet service to businesses, the company announced Wednesday.

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Jayhawk Bookstore going out of business, citing slipping textbook sales

Closing leaves KU’s central and west areas with no campus bookstore

Jayhawk Bookstore — “at the top of the hill,” as its longtime advertising jingle goes — is going out of business and will close for good this week. Owners cite dwindling sales, particularly of textbooks.

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From India to Stouffer Place, and now Strong Hall: An interview with KU's new provost

One of the things that makes Kansas University special, according to incoming provost Neeli Bendapudi, is that the university “takes chances.” Years ago, Bendapudi believes she was an example.

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Lawrence City Commission to see plan for restaurants, retail in empty west Lawrence lot

After several tries to find an agreeable development for the land, a vacant plot off Clinton Parkway will be the site of restaurants, offices and retail, pending City Commission approval.

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Lawrence City Commission refuses to consider tax breaks for former commissioner's downtown development

The Lawrence City Commission refused to consider Tuesday an 85 percent tax abatement for a former commissioner’s proposed downtown development.

Lawrence media company signs partnership on Topeka Magazine

A Lawrence-based media company has created a new partnership to publish its Topeka magazine.

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Village Cooperative celebrates grand opening in Shawnee; sister retirement community planned for Lawrence

When the ribbon was cut, the residents cheered. For many of them, the snap of the giant silver scissors was more than just a sign of a new building opening its doors. It was a promise of a new home. Tears were shed and smiles were wide at the grand opening of the Village Cooperative of Shawnee on Wednesday afternoon.

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13 Lawrence restaurants owe more than $112K in back wages, U.S. labor department reports

Thirteen Lawrence employers — including restaurants in the Eldridge and Oread hotels — owe back wages totaling more than $112,000 to 130 local workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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.