Archive for Friday, January 18, 2013

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12:29 a.m.
Two shoppers exit Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop as Christmas lights shine in downtown Lawrence on Wednesday. Downtown retail vacancy rate drops in 2012 as new projects begin
January 17, 2013
Retail vacancy rates in downtown fell to 4.4 percent at the end of 2012, according to a new survey from the Lawrence commercial real estate office of Colliers International. Last year at this time, the survey found downtown had a vacancy rate of 7.4 percent after several high-profile closings. By Chad Lawhorn
6:00 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback's State of the State address earlier this week pointed to the existence of the Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Turnpike Authority as "one of the clearest examples of duplication in state government."
The governor proposed merging the two under Secretary of Transportation Mike King. Brownback plans to transfer highway funds to schools, merge Kansas Turnpike Authority raise questions
January 17, 2013
Members of the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday voiced concerns over Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals to pay for education with highway funds and merge the Kansas Turnpike Authority with the state transportation agency. By Scott Rothschid.
10:15 p.m.
The proposed site plan for the Rock Chalk Park Sports Complex in northwest Lawrence. Fritzel breaks silence on proposed Rock Chalk Park deal, says he won’t profit from the KU sports complex
6:20 p.m., January 18, 2013 Updated 7:48 p.m.
Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel broke his silence Friday about his role in the proposed $50 million Rock Chalk Park development in northwest Lawrence, promising that his company won’t profit from the Kansas University sports complex. Among other things, he said he will be paid $1.3 million per year in lease payments by the university over the next 30 years for use of the facility. The university would take ownership of the facility after 50 years. By Chad Lawhorn

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