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
Business briefcase for July 28
July 27, 2014
Barbara Timmerman has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Society of Pharmacognosy. Timmerman is a distinguished professor of medical chemistry at Kansas University.
KU football player develops app he says can improve the game he loves
July 26, 2014
Austin Barone’s journey to becoming an app developer started when he applied for an internship at Google. The Lawrence native and Kansas University student planned to impress the technology giant by creating hardware, modeled after Google Glass, that would allow football players to view an interactive playbook on their visors during practice. But while he didn’t have the capital necessary to create the hardware, he did the next best thing: He developed the digital playbook software. The result is Just Play, the new playbook app created by Barone’s company, Just Play Sports Solutions. By Giles Bruce
United to end Topeka-Chicago flights in September
July 24, 2014
A Topeka official says United Airlines will end flights between the Kansas capital and Chicago on Sept. 2.
Business briefcase for July 21
July 20, 2014
Lawrence-based TherapyWorks announced the addition of two new staff members: Sarah Hammonds, a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Megan Young, a graduate of Central Michigan University.
Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale 2014: The basics
July 15, 2014
The 55th annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is Thursday. Massachusetts Street merchants are already getting prepared. Are you?
Swiss chocolate maker Lindt buys Russell Stover Candies for undisclosed sum
July 14, 2014
Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli says it is buying U.S. manufacturer Russell Stover Candies, Inc., for an undisclosed sum.
Business briefcase for July 14
July 13, 2014
Lawrence-based Tallgrass Studios, Inc. announced the promotion of Ronak Bhakta to director of fulfillment. Bhakta has been with Tallgrass since March 2011 and will be working out the new Albuquerque, N.M., extension office.