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New time and date for Lawrence City Commission candidate forum
03:51 p.m., March 13, 2015 Updated 08:43 p.m.
The Voter Education Coalition has changed the time and date of its next Lawrence City Commission candidate forum.
Lawrence considering criminal background checks for taxi drivers
March 10, 2015
Taxi cab drivers in Lawrence may soon have to pass a criminal background check before they can operate in Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence gets more information on Rock Chalk Park audit
10:16 p.m., March 10, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
After a weekend of sorting through more than a thousand concrete delivery tickets, Lawrence City Hall officials have now determined that a portion of the audit for the Rock Chalk Park sports complex was based on inaccurate documents. By Chad Lawhorn
Library to host Kansas Linux Fest
06:20 p.m., March 9, 2015 Updated 10:31 p.m.
The Lawrence Public Library will host the first Kansas Linux Fest this month.
Inconsistent numbers create new questions in Rock Chalk Park audit
March 7, 2015
Lawrence City Hall officials are acknowledging that an audit report that gave the city glowing reviews on the controversial Rock Chalk Park project has errors related to concrete used in the no-bid construction project. But city officials, after reviewing additional documentation in their files, said they were confident the errors would not change the report’s main finding that city taxpayers had gotten a good value. By Chad Lawhorn
City commission candidates differ on pro-business environment in Lawrence
March 7, 2015
The remaining candidates for the Lawrence City Commission differed Saturday on just how pro-business Lawrence is these days. At a forum sponsored by the Lawrence chamber of commerce and the Voter Education Coalition, candidates were asked to rank Lawrence’s pro-business environment on a scale of 1 to 10. City Commissioner Bob Schumm gave it the highest score possible, a 10, saying the city has “gone out of its way” to support businesses that want to grow and expand in the city. Other candidates ranked it as low as a five.
Lawrence City Commission Agenda for March 10 meeting
March 6, 2015
5:45 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall
Additional forums scheduled for school board, City Commission candidates
05:23 p.m., March 6, 2015 Updated 10:53 p.m.
Two more forums for the Lawrence school board and City Commission races have been announced.
Lawrence school board will vote on Eldridge tax abatement
03:48 p.m., March 6, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
The Lawrence school board will vote on whether to give a 15-year, 95 percent tax abatement to the Eldridge Hotel for an expansion project at its Monday meeting.
Soden, Rasmussen, Boley take top three spots in Lawrence City Commission primary
March 3, 2015
A small-business owner who railed against Rock Chalk Park two years ago and is railing this year against tax breaks handed out by Lawrence City Hall cruised to an easy victory in Tuesday’s primary election. By Chad Lawhorn
Auditor praises city for efforts on Rock Chalk Park project
March 2, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners and their private partners on the controversial Rock Chalk Park sports complex received a glowing report from a city-hired auditor on Monday. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas lawmakers to focus on resolving budget, tax issues
04:02 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
Kansas legislators have their own form of March Madness, when they focus on building the next state budget after their annual session has cleared its midpoint.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for March 2 meeting
06:37 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
5:45 p.m. Monday, Lawrence City Hall
Lawrence commissioners pleased with main findings of Rock Chalk audit, but some concerns remain
06:32 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:38 p.m.
The results of a city-ordered audit should make the public feel more comfortable that it got a good deal on controversial, no-bid Rock Chalk Park construction work, several city commissioners said on Friday. City Commissioner Bob Schumm said he was pleased that the audit made strong findings on two points: The infrastructure work at the site either “met or exceeded” the standards set out by the city, and the prices charged to the city compared reasonably to other construction projects that the city had bid in the past. By Chad Lawhorn
Rock Chalk Park audit recommends city make final $1M payment, but finds accounting of project was incomplete
04:07 p.m., February 26, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
The private contractor who built nearly $12 million worth of no-bid infrastructure work at Rock Chalk Park “did not provide a complete accounting for the project,” a city-hired auditor has determined. But the audit firm of McDonald & Associates is recommending that the city of Lawrence proceed with an approximately $1 million payment that had been withheld from the contractor as questions had arisen about the public-private sports complex. By Chad Lawhorn