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Dow tops 18,000 points as U.S. economy surges ahead

In a year full of market milestones, Wall Street crushed a couple more Tuesday, lifting the Dow Jones industrial average past the 18,000-point mark for the first time and delivering the Standard & Poor's 500 index its second record-high close in two days.

Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S. as a whole

Federal statistics show Kansas is seeing slower private-sector job growth than the U.S. as a whole, while unemployment in the state declined in October to 4.4 percent.

Report: Midwest economic growth slowing down

The economy likely will slow to a crawl in nine Midwestern and Plains states in the months ahead, according to a monthly economic survey released Monday.

US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest sign of a strengthening labor market that could help blunt worries about the impact of weak global growth.

Survey shows Midwest economic growth slower this fall

The economy will likely grow more slowly this fall in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Wednesday.

Report questions the effectiveness of tax incentives given by states to lure businesses

States are spending billions of dollars on tax incentives to lure businesses, but policymakers often don't know if the incentives work, according to a report released today. By Scott Rothschild

Stocks drop after health care law is upheld

Stocks dropped sharply Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld the central provision of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a requirement that almost all Americans carry health insurance.

Hallmark to offer buyouts to long-term employees, including those in Lawrence plant

Kansas City, Mo.-based Hallmark is taking steps to reduce its workforce, possibly including lower employment totals at its Lawrence manufacturing plant.

U.S. automakers post best monthly sales since 2007

The recovery in the American auto industry has moved into the fast lane.

Bernanke: U.S. job market weak

Chairman Ben Bernanke says that the U.S. job market remains weak despite three months of strong hiring and that the Federal Reserve’s existing policies will help boost economic growth.

Nearly 100,000 Kansans without a job as unemployment grows

We'll be slowly warming up over the next several days with a mixture of sun and clouds today with a high of 39 and east winds of 10-15 mph. The overnight low will remain chilly at 23. We'll have mostly ...

Students line up for employment but get no guarantees

Another bitter cold start to the day will give way to more tolerable temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The high will be about 40 with east-southeast winds of 10-20 mph. The low will be 21 under mainly clear skies and ...

Obama signs stimulus legislation

A slim chance of light showers and snowflakes are possible for the early part of the day with a cold north wind between 15-30 mph. Obama signs stimulus legislation; Sebelius signs budget bill to avert crisis; Legality of proposed ordinance ...

Budget concerns cancel this year's Wheat State Tour

While temperatures remain mild, our skies will be cluttered with clouds. The evening low will drop to 32 under cloudy skies with a chance of showers and a few snowflakes after midnight. In today's news: State suspends paying income tax ...

Area residents seeking jobs with Wal-Mart

Temperatures will rebound for this afternoon as hour high tops out around 52 with the return of a light south breeze between 5 and 10 miles per hour. Extra clouds will move in for the evening while our overnight low ...

Officials make plans to divvy up stimulus funds

While temperatures bounce back to 64 degrees today, we'll have to deal with daytime showers and south winds of 15-30 mph with gusts near 40 mph. The rain should taper off in the evening, leaving us with partly cloudy skies ...

KU slashes jobs

Today's forecast: We'll have highs in the lower 60s with sunny skies and a south wind blowing at 5-10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 20s. Today's news: Amid economic belt-tightening, KU is eliminating 11 positions, and ...

Repo man talks business

Listen as Lawrence "repo man" Bryan Sorenson talks about his business relative to the current economic downturn.

School supplies sales expected to drop

As the new school year approaches, the economy is taking its toll on the amount of school supplies being sold by retailers. School supplies sales are expected to drop as much as seven percent this year.

KU Endowment losses worst in many years

A wicked year on Wall Street has caused the Kansas University Endowment Association to post it largest investment losses in recent memory.

Baker lays off more employees

A total of 30 people have lost their jobs this year at the Baldwin City-based private college as a result of a $1 million budget shortfall.

Moran says federal ownership in private businesses 'troublesome'

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran addressed the Lawrence Rotary Club on Monday.

Officials say seatbelt law key to federal funds

State transportation leaders say Kansas is in danger of losing $11 million in federal highway funds.

Shoe repairs gain footing in hard times

If the shoe fits, why buy a new one? Repairing old shoes could put money in your pocket.

Sebelius signs budget bill; pay crisis averted

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday signed a deficit reduction bill that Republican legislative leaders wanted, and those GOP leaders dropped their objections to inter-government borrowing to pay state workers on time this week.

Stimulus plan could give car buyers tax breaks

Many new car buyers could soon be in for a treat from Uncle Sam.

Stimulus plan evokes skepticism from some

In Washington, Congress is debating how to spend billions of dollars to simulate the economy.