Business

Westar plans to buy wind power from new plant
May 27, 2015
Westar Energy says it plans to buy energy from a new wind farm to be built in Pratt County.
Labor department reports weak job growth in Kansas
12:17 p.m., May 22, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
The Kansas unemployment rate ticked up to 4.3 percent in April as the state lost 2,900 private-sector jobs. Over the past year, private-sector job growth was only 1 percent. By Peter Hancock
Westar Energy rates to increase to cover environmental costs
09:18 a.m., May 22, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
Westar Energy plans to increase its rates starting in June to cover the costs of its environmental projects.
Report: Kansas employment growth lags nation
10:22 a.m., May 18, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
A new report says employment growth in Kansas has been lagging behind the rest of the nation.
Lawrence construction firm chosen for Spencer Museum of Art renovation
11:08 a.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
A Lawrence firm, Mar Lan Construction, has been chosen to carry out the first phase of a major renovation project at Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art, the museum announced Tuesday.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital unit focuses on rehabilitation close to home
April 28, 2015
Patients affected by stroke, hip fractures and other debilitating illnesses or injuries are finding hope for returning to a normal lifestyle with the help of the acute rehabilitation unit at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The 12-bed unit is known as the Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness.
Kansas smokers unhappy with proposal for cigarette tax hike
April 27, 2015
Kansas smokers are upset about plans to sharply increase the cigarette tax to help fill a budget hole created by Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts and say they will take their business to Missouri or Oklahoma if the tax hike passes.
Business briefcase for April 27
April 26, 2015
Kansas Public Radio announced the conclusion of its spring membership drive after surpassing its fundraising goal.
KU offering online MBA program starting this fall
April 22, 2015
The Kansas University School of Business will offer a fully online Master of Business Administration program starting this fall.
Lawrence woman’s identity stolen, IRS receives forged tax return form in her name
April 19, 2015
Lawrence resident Nancy Hause was suspicious when she received a letter purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service’s “Identity Verification Service” asking for more personal information to process her 2014 tax return. The thing is, Hause had gotten an extension from the IRS and hadn’t yet filed her tax return, she said, so she worried the letter was a scam. As it turns out, the letter was real, but her instincts were still correct in that she may be a victim of a crime.
Cattle auctions show hectic side of rural life in Kansas
April 19, 2015
It’s the night before an auction, and cattle are beginning to arrive. Manhattan Commission Company already smells like livestock - it always does - but the back lot is also about to get loud.
Audit finds UMKC business school ran up deficit to boost enrollment
April 19, 2015
The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s business school racked up a nearly $11 million operating deficit in its effort to gain national and global esteem, which ultimately tarnished the university’s reputation.
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.

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