Business

Spike in flu cases prompts LMH to require masks when visiting patients
January 21, 2015
A sudden spike in influenza cases is forcing Lawrence Memorial Hospital to require that anyone visiting patient areas wear a mask and to discourage children from visiting patients in the hospital altogether.
Business briefcase for Jan. 19
January 18, 2015
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce welcomed three new members to the organization on Monday.
Lawrence tops Kansas City, nation in key retail property rate
January 15, 2015
A retail rebound in Lawrence is well underway, according to an annual study that shows the vacancy rate among stores and shops in Lawrence has fallen well below the national average.
Electrical outages on Monday leave hundreds without power
January 12, 2015
Over 250 Westar Energy customers were without power in Lawrence Monday afternoon after issues arose in two neighborhoods, officials said.
Business briefcase for Jan. 9
January 11, 2015
Sloan, Eisenbarth, Glassman, McEntire & Jarboe, LLC announced Danielle Davey as a new member of the firm.
With low oil, gasoline prices, is Keystone still necessary?
January 11, 2015
A 50-percent plunge in the price of crude oil, resulting from abundant global oil supplies, and cheaper gasoline at the pump raise critical questions about whether the Keystone XL oil pipeline is still needed or even makes financial sense.
Bill would raise Kansas’ minimum wage $3 by 2017
08:43 a.m., January 8, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
A Wichita Democrat is sponsoring a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage by $3 dollars by 2017.
Road trip seeks to connect KU pharmacy students with independently owned pharmacies
January 7, 2015
The idea of one day owning and operating his own pharmacy appeals to Kansas University pharmacy student Jace Moore. “There’s not a bunch of overhead; you have a lot more autonomy,” he said. And, “It seems like you have a little more flexibility to do what’s best for the patient.” Wednesday through Friday, Moore will be among 18 KU pharmacy students on a tour to visit independently owned pharmacies in central and western Kansas. By Sara Shepherd
KU alumni, employees of Wichita firm raise $300K for new business school
09:21 a.m., January 6, 2015 Updated 09:38 p.m.
A Kansas University alumnus and his wife helped raise more than $300,000 toward the construction of the new KU School of Business building, KU announced Tuesday.
Kansas economists predict state will add 24,000 jobs in 2015
08:37 a.m., January 6, 2015 Updated 09:35 p.m.
Wichita State University economists expect Kansas to add more than 24,000 jobs in 2015, most of them in service positions such as professional or business services, health care or education.
Westar to submit rate increase in March; KCP&L files for 12.5 percent hike
January 5, 2015
Westar Energy and Kansas City Power & Light will both ask for rate increases for 2015 to recover some of the costs of environmental upgrades at the LaCygne power plant.
Business briefcase
December 28, 2014
Griffith Payments has relocated to 801 1/2 Massachusetts St., Suite 2. Griffith Payments provides credit card merchant account consulting services and free point-of-sale payment solutions for restaurants, bars, retail stores, non-profits and professional associations.
Funeral home debuts restored horsedrawn hearse
December 26, 2014
The daytime motorcade trundling through the streets behind a shiny black hearse, all with headlights on, is a hallmark of today’s funerals. But, of course, death predates cars and electric lights — and so do hearses. A Lawrence funeral home now has a vehicle for the deceased to be sent off in style from a bygone era: a horsedrawn hearse. By Sara Shepherd
Looking good: Branding KU is job of new marketing director
December 25, 2014
When it comes to selling Kansas University — to potential students, faculty, donors and others — looks do matter. Making sure KU has the right look is Gerald Holland’s job. By Sara Shepherd
Dow tops 18,000 points as U.S. economy surges ahead
December 23, 2014
In a year full of market milestones, Wall Street crushed a couple more Tuesday, lifting the Dow Jones industrial average past the 18,000-point mark for the first time and delivering the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its second record-high close in two days.
Business briefcase for Dec. 22
December 21, 2014
The American Institute of Architects (AIA), along with the AIA Foundation and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, has named Kansas University’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning as one of the 10 charter members of the AIA Design and Health Research Consortium. The consortium will help fund basic research on how design affects public health.
Westar Energy ends fees for credit, debit cards
December 19, 2014
The largest electric company in Kansas says it is no longer charging a $2.95 fee to customers who use credit or debit cards to pay their monthly bills.
KU center releases report saying state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved
December 18, 2014
The state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved, a newly released report by the Kansas University Center for Banking Excellence indicates.
Westar moves ahead on wind amid debate
December 16, 2014
Kansas’ largest electric company announced plans Tuesday to buy power from a wind farm under development to meet a state renewable-energy mandate, as legislators prepared for another debate over repealing the requirement.