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Business briefcase for Sept. 22
September 20, 2014
Cromwell Environmental and Cromwell Solar will celebrate their new location in downtown Lawrence with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event will begins at 4:30 p.m. Sept 26 at 615 Vermont St. A reception, tour and open house will follow.
Iwig Dairy rebounding from bankruptcy
10:00 a.m., September 15, 2014 Updated 10:58 a.m.
A northeast Kansas dairy that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 is rebounding, with nearly 100 cows currently churning out milk at the farm near Tecumseh.
KCC investment rulings might save customers money
08:47 a.m., September 15, 2014 Updated 09:57 a.m.
Recent Kansas Corporation Commission decisions on investment returns could save customers of two utilities millions of dollars but that does not mean the commission has changed its policies, according to a KCC spokesman.
Business briefcase for Sept. 15
September 14, 2014
OrthoKansas, LLC announced the addition of Lindsay Davison, Mallory Larkin, and Jamie Madl to its clinical staff as physician assistants, and Deva Bonnel as a physical therapy doctor. Davison is a graudate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Bonnel is a graduate of Rockhurst University; and Larkin and Madl are graduates of Kansas University.
Commission approves $3.5M for Westar Energy
08:12 a.m., September 11, 2014 Updated 11:35 a.m.
Westar Energy has agreed to delay a request for a rate increase related to coal plant upgrades as part of an agreement approved by a state commission.
Westar Energy warns of fraud attempts
September 9, 2014
Westar Energy is encouraging customers to be cautious if they receive a call or visit from someone claiming to be from Westar trying to collect money.
AIG plans to add 300 jobs in Olathe, will partner with KU
September 9, 2014
State officials were on hand to celebrate a ribbon cutting at a new contact center for American International Group in Olathe.
Business briefcase for Sept. 8
September 8, 2014
Marilyn Bittenbender, of Lawrence, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns by Gov. Sam Brownback. Bittenbender is a graduate of Kansas University and works for Winbury Realty of Kansas City, LLC.
BTBC wins competitive award
September 5, 2014
Kansas University’s Bioscience and Technology Business Center received a $50,000 federal grant for its role as a business accelerator and economic engine for northeast Kansas, officials reported Friday.
Sedgwick County approves money for WSU project
08:47 a.m., September 5, 2014 Updated 09:37 a.m.
The proposed Innovation Campus at Wichita State University has jumped a major financial hurdle.
The Pouring Twenties: Speakeasy brings classic cocktails, atmosphere to downtown Lawrence
September 3, 2014
It may not advertise its whereabouts with any kind of sign, but the folks at John Brown’s Underground will leave a light on for you. Open the nondescript door and the sound of a cocktail shaker, sophisticated jazz and pleasant conversation greets the guests. It’s now very clear you’ve stepped out of a college town and into a ‘20s speakeasy.
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.

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