Financial incentives OK’d for workplace wellness programs
April 16, 2015
In a victory for business, federal regulators said Thursday that employers can continue to use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — which enforces laws against discrimination — also proposed some safeguards for employees.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital enjoys solid financial year in 2014
12:13 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital took in an income of $11.6 million in 2014, up from $8.1 million in 2013, according to the facility’s annual audit, released this week.
United Way offering free online tax preparation for some households
07:39 p.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:03 p.m.
For the second year in a row, the United Way and several of the organization’s partners are offering a free tax preparation service for some families.
Business Briefcase for April 6
April 5, 2015
Douglas County’s food bank, Just Food, has announced Nick Gregory as the organization’s new program coordinator. Gregory has worked at both 100 Acre Farms and Limestone Pizza. At Just Food, he will teach clients how to garden and cook through the Just Cook, Just Cook Kids and Just Grow programs.
LMH to study program that would provide free legal assistance to low-income patients
March 29, 2015
LMH board of trustee members have agreed to consider a potential partnership with the Kansas University law school that would allow low-income patients at the hospital to have access to free legal professionals who could help solve problems that may be impacting a patient’s health. By Chad Lawhorn
Hundreds of KU class notes for sale online, but buyer — and seller — beware
March 28, 2015
David Alexander wasn’t shocked when he heard last week that notes from his anatomy lectures were for sale on the internet. At the same time, he wasn’t OK with it. Multiple students’ versions of Biology 240 notes are among hundreds if not thousands of pages of KU class notes for sale on for-profit websites that encourage students to upload their own notes to make money and download other students’ notes to study. By Sara Shepherd
Westar Energy will return $38 million to customers
08:25 a.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:35 p.m.
Westar Energy will be sending rebates to customers after collecting $38 million too much last year.
Kansas workers’ comp changes raise lawsuit fears
March 16, 2015
A change to the state system for paying medical bills and lost wages for injured workers in Kansas has some fearing big lawsuits and others looking forward to cost savings.
Startups dream big, talk ideas at weekly meetings
March 14, 2015
Leaders of Lawrence’s 1 Million Cups gatherings stress that their weekly meetings aren’t just another networking hour and that the presenters they invite aren’t just any new businesses. “There has got to be some innovation aspect to it,” said Suman Saripalli, one of five community organizers for the group, himself an entrepreneur and owner of Kalscott Engineering, a research and development startup focusing on drones. “There’s got to be something that’s unusual.”
4 renewable energy plans from Westar up for approval
01:33 p.m., March 9, 2015 Updated 08:23 p.m.
Utility regulators are weighing four renewable energy proposals from Westar Energy.
Kansas unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in January
01:42 p.m., March 6, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
Kansas reports that its unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in January and the state’s private-sector employment grew over the previous year.
Westar requests rate increase for upgrades to Kansas nuclear plant
01:26 p.m., March 5, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
Westar Energy has requested a $152 million rate increase from the Kansas Corporation Commission to pay for environmental upgrades and repairs at the state’s only nuclear plant.
Westar asking Kansas regulators for $152M rate increase
March 2, 2015
The largest supplier of electricity in Kansas is asking state regulators to increase its rates by $152 million annually to cover upgrades at power plants and other costs.
LMH named in top 100 hospitals for third year running
04:45 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 05:04 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital has been named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals in the country for the third year in a row.
Regulators OK ‘net neutrality’ rules for Internet providers
February 26, 2015
Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission.
Business Briefcase for Feb. 23
February 22, 2015
Sunflower Bank will present Yellow Ribbon Fund with a $50,000 check on Thursday to support injured service members and their families.
Hallmark to transfer printing work from Georgia to Lawrence
07:54 a.m., February 18, 2015 Updated 03:04 p.m.
Hallmark Cards has announced that it will shutter its Litho-Krome plant in Midland, Ga., which employs 50 people. Ten of the employees will be given the opportunity to relocate to Hallmark’s Greetings Production Center in Lawrence, said Julie Elliott, a Hallmark spokeswoman.
Business briefcase Feb. 16
February 15, 2015
The Chamber, Lawrence, Kansas welcomed these new members: Chris Millspaugh Design, LLC; Lawrence Community Shelter, Inc.; Tamara G. Cash; First Construction, LLC; Whole Life Nursing, LLC; Virtual Business Tours; Kids Calendar; Robinson Chiropractic; Baker University; Select One Security and Communications; RG Fiber.
Emergency personnel explain why trauma victims in Lawrence are not always taken to Lawrence hospital
11:02 a.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
When three men suffered gunshot wounds Sunday in a residence along West 19th Terrace in Lawrence, they weren’t taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.