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Four Lawrence leaders inducted into Business Hall of Fame
October 8, 2014
Four local business leaders were inducted into the Lawrence Business Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Kansas Union on Wednesday night.
After first confirmed case of Ebola in U.S., area hospitals prepared in case virus reaches Kansas
October 6, 2014
With the confirmation last week of the first case of Ebola in the United States since the recent outbreak of the deadly virus in West Africa, area hospitals say they’re ready if an Ebola patient shows up in this region.
Kansas taps unused funds on program for disabled
October 6, 2014
Kansas plans to tap unused federal funds to help launch a five-year, $25 million initiative to help disabled residents find good jobs.
Business briefcase for Oct. 6
October 5, 2014
Barbara Bushell, of Lawrence, joined 30,000 Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants at the company’s annual seminar in August in Dallas. Bushell began her Mary Kay business in Lawrence this summer and is an independent senior sales director.
IRS phone scammers continue ‘threatening’ calls
October 3, 2014
The woman on the line told Juin Thomas she was from the IRS, that Thomas owed back taxes and that if she didn’t pay immediately the police would come to her door. “It sounded so legit,” said Thomas, a Lawrence retiree who got the call this week. “It took me a little while to figure out it was a scam.” Despite media attention and IRS warnings about such scams in recent months, officials say similar calls keep rolling in to households nationwide. By Sara Shepherd
Amazon closing distribution plant in Kansas
12:09 p.m., October 1, 2014 Updated 05:02 p.m.
Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that will affect hundreds of workers in this rural area, the online retailer said Wednesday.
Business briefcase for Sept. 29
September 28, 2014
Lawrence-based Keller & Associates has merged with Kansas City’s David Craig & Company. The new real estate appraising and consulting firm will go by Keller, Craig & Company.
Lawrence chamber endorses police headquarters, sales tax
September 26, 2014
The board of the Lawrence chamber of commerce voted unanimously to support a sales tax increase for a new police headquarters, the group announced Friday.
Business briefcase for Sept. 22
September 21, 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.