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For past 20 years, physical therapist has tried to make Lawrence a healthier place
September 1, 2014
Cindy Johnson approaches each of her patients like they’re part of something greater. Curing their ailments, she says, will ultimately make for a healthier, happier Lawrence. This attitude has served Johnson well in her 20 years as the owner of Lawrence physical therapy clinic Therapy Works.
Business briefcase for Sept. 1
September 1, 2014
Kansas Public Radio received several awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters this month. KPR took home first place for public affairs program; first place and honorable mention for spot news; second place for complete news feature/enterprise; second place for editorial/commentary; and honorable mention for station website.
Kansas taxes $4M less than expected in August
08:40 a.m., August 29, 2014 Updated 05:00 p.m.
A new report says Kansas collected $4 million less in taxes than expected in August.
Westar Energy retirees to see changes in health care benefits
August 28, 2014
Starting next year, Westar Energy will no longer provide group health insurance for its retirees over age 65. Instead, it will provide a stipend for those people to buy Medicare Part B plans on the individual market. Company officials say it will result in a savings for about 96 percent of the people affected. By Peter Hancock
Penny Jones golf tournament to benefit LMH set for Sept. 5
August 28, 2014
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association will be hosting the annual Penny Jones Open Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 5, at Alvamar Golf and Country Club, 1800 Crossgate Drive. Tee-off times are 8 a.m. or 1:15 p.m., and the format will be a four-person shamble.
Business briefcase for Aug. 25
August 25, 2014
Kansas University announced its two employees of month for July: Larry Higgins and Natalie Parker. Higgins, an employee since the 1980s, looks after the plumbing and boiler operations. Parker, an employee since 2008, is the education program coordinator for the Center for Research on Global Change.
KU coffee shops going local with rebranding
August 22, 2014
Coffee drinkers on the Kansas University campus will soon be seeing a lot of airplanes. KU is rebranding its various coffee shops and stations to highlight their affiliation with a Kansas City, Mo., based coffee company that air-roasts its own beans and features a vintage propeller plane in its logo. By Sara Shepherd
KCC challenges Westar transmission rates
05:16 p.m., August 20, 2014 Updated 06:25 p.m.
The Kansas Corporation Commission filed a complaint Wednesday with federal utility regulators accusing Westar Energy of charging unjust and unreasonable rates for electric transmission.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital lauded for improvements on performance measures
August 20, 2014
In March, Truven Health Analytics named Lawrence Memorial Hospital one of the best 100 hospitals in the nation for the second year in a row. On Wednesday, a Truven official came to LMH to let its leaders know why. Her message: consistent improvement. By Giles Bruce
Business Briefcase for Aug. 18
August 18, 2014
Ashley De Los Reyes, DPT, has joined Lawrence Therapy Services/Baldwin Therapy Services. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Sterling College and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rockhurst University.
Chamber of Commerce CEO confident despite lagging job growth, high taxes
August 16, 2014
It wasn’t a very “chamber of commerce” thing to say. A chamber president is traditionally a community’s top salesperson. But here was a letter from Lawrence’s new chamber president and CEO that sure didn’t do much to sell Lawrence’s blue skies and green parks. Instead, Larry McElwain told chamber members earlier this month what he has learned thus far in his seven weeks on the job: The community’s taxes are high and rising, the city has few job opportunities and a high cost of living, some residents feel marginalized by community leaders, instability with the chamber’s CEO position has hindered the chamber’s ability to lead, and residents are hungry for community leadership to emerge.
Business briefcase for Aug. 11
August 10, 2014
Kansas University’s Jomella Watson-Thompson has been selected as one of the 10 finalists for the national 2014 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty.
Cancer drug developed in Lawrence shows promise in clinical trial
August 5, 2014
A cancer drug developed by a Lawrence biotech company showed positive results in treating abdominal cancers during a recent clinical trial at Kansas University Cancer Center.
New charcuterie goes nose to tail at 19th and Massachusetts
August 3, 2014
In a land where “processed meat” is synonymous with yellow plastic-clad bologna in a giant supermarket, the version at Hank Charcuterie may surprise. Lamb sausage, chorizo, duck liver pate, ham hock rillette and hand-cut bacon fill Hank’s meat counter. Each is processed by hand within eyeshot of the cash register, from butchering a whole animal to packaging the products made from it — all of it. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence man climbs steps at LMH to recover from stroke, give back to others
August 3, 2014
Rick McNabb doesn’t want this story to be about him. He wants it to be about the therapists and volunteers who have helped him recover from a brain aneurysm and subsequent stroke. He wants it to be about the disadvantaged youth he works with at his basketball clinics in Lawrence. He wants it to be about the people who volunteer their time to help him put on the camps. But when you’re climbing the height of Mount Everest over 100 days, four years after a stroke left you mostly paralyzed on the left side of your body, it’s hard not to be the focus of attention. By Giles Bruce
Business briefcase for Aug. 4
August 3, 2014
The Lawrence Chamber announced the addition of 11 new member businesses.
Local Finds: Pitcher perfect
July 30, 2014
Impress guests at your next summertime cookout with a drink poured from these stylish pitchers with personality.
International students tour agricultural, business sites in Douglas County
July 30, 2014
A group of more than 50 international students visited Lawrence on Tuesday and Wednesday to tour some of the area’s notable agricultural and business operations.
Moving season ‘like Christmas’ for some Lawrence businesses
July 27, 2014
With leases for many Lawrence renters expiring July 31, business couldn’t be better for many local home improvement stores and services. As U-Haul trucks and unwanted couches line the streets, some local businesses are gearing up for their most chaotic — and profitable — time of the year. By Caitlin Doornbos

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