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Town Talk: Financial technology firm moves onto Massachusetts Street, proposes twist on sidewalk seating

Published September 18, 2014

Lawrence is now home to a company that is seeking to “reinvent the basic bank account” for today’s fast-paced world. And it may result in some good jobs for Lawrence along the way. Topeka-based Yantra Services has opened up an office in downtown Lawrence, with hopes of attracting computer scientists, programmers, research analysts and other technical positions from the talent pool at KU and from Kansas City. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Poll shows Taylor may still be critical to U.S. Senate race

Published September 18, 2014

Although Democrat Chad Taylor has dropped out of the race and terminated his own campaign, he still may be a deciding factor in the outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Kansas, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. By Peter Hancock

Town Talk: A look at how smart and how small Lawrence is; Large apartment project near KU seeks change in parking standards

Published September 17, 2014

We are smart here in Lawrence. If you don’t believe us, we can show you any number of lists to prove it. And if that doesn’t do it, we can always retort with our unofficial motto: Just wait until basketball season. All this is to say, Lawrence has landed on another list of the most highly-educated cities in America. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Podcast: Examining Charlie Weis’ future and KU’s next game

Published September 17, 2014

The Spodcasters,'s Matt Tait and Tom Keegan, examine KU football coach Charlie Weis' future and the Jayhawks' upcoming game vs. Central Michigan.

Lawrence Restaurant Week: Savory social media

Published September 16, 2014

There's still plenty of time to get out and sample those Lawrence Restaurant Week specials. But first, some appetizers for your eyes, via the #EatLawrence hashtag.

Town Talk: Sushi restaurant going into former American Eagle space downtown

Published September 16, 2014

So, you’re not much of a dancer, I hear. Well, maybe a sushi roll will put an extra wiggle in your step. You soon may get a chance to find out because a new restaurant that combines sushi and nightlife is set to open in downtown Lawrence. An establishment called Prime Blu by Wasabi has filed plans to open in the former American Eagle Outfitters site at 619 Massachusetts. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Poll: Orman leads, with or without Taylor on the ballot

Published September 16, 2014

A new poll out today shows Republican Sen. Pat Roberts trailing in his bid for a fourth term, with or without Democrat Chad Taylor's name on the ballot. By Peter Hancock

Town Talk: New diner opens in East Lawrence; Owner of 19th and Haskell shopping center weighing redevelopment options

Published September 15, 2014

Maybe some of you remember the days of Shorty’s Cafe in downtown Lawrence, and still have the cholesterol readings to prove it. Well, a new East Lawrence diner has a connection to that downtown restaurant that existed decades ago. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Guide to Lawrence Restaurant Week 2014

Published September 15, 2014

The first-ever Lawrence Restaurant Week kicked off Sunday and is underway now. Check out the full list of participating restaurants (all 19 of them), links to what they're serving, plus an interactive map before you go out.

FINAL: Duke 41, Kansas 3

Published September 13, 2014

Kansas University’s football team didn’t make one visit to the end zone Saturday afternoon and never seemed on the level of its favored opponent, Duke, in a 41-3 loss at Wallace Wade Stadium, in Durham, North Carolina, that extended the Jayhawks’ road losing streak to 28 games. The Blue Devils (3-0) led by 17 less than 10 minutes into the game, and Kansas failed to find any sort of offensive rhythm — save one 10-play drive in the second quarter that resulted in a 34-yard Matthew Wyman field goal. While Duke senior quarterback Anthony Boone didn’t connect on many of his deep bombs down the field (19 for 33, 180 yards, two touchdowns) it hardly mattered. The Blue Devils carved up the KU defense for 331 rushing yards, thanks to a handful of explosive plays from freshman running back Shaun Wilson, who busted long runs to the end zone on three occasions and finished with 245 yards on just 12 carries. KU (1-1) didn’t get the production it needed from sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart (11-for-27, 89 yards, two interceptions), making it just about impossible for the Jayhawks to keep pace with Duke. Kansas returns home next Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. game against Central Michigan (2-1).

Town Talk: The Merc plans major renovation; City wins grant for riverside trail; Color Run returning

Published September 12, 2014

The Merc is in the beginning stages of an approximately $500,000 renovation at its grocery at Ninth and Iowa streets. A new coffee and juice shop will be one of the more visible changes shoppers will notice. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

2014 Fall Arts Preview

Published September 12, 2014

As the cool weather makes its way into Lawrence, make your way inside to the nearest exhibits, readings, performances, music and lectures by artists coming through town and those who live here. Mark your calendar for some of these notable events. By Nadia Imafidon

KU Sports Extra: Previewing Week 2 of KU football

Published September 11, 2014's Tom Keegan and Matt Tait look at the good and bad news for the Kansas University football team this week and provide insight on the Jayhawks' game Saturday at Duke.

Town Talk: Group forming to oppose sales tax vote for police headquarters; Amtrak wins key grant funding for Southwest Chief route

Published September 11, 2014

It won’t quite be like taking a police ride-along in the Oread neighborhood on a Saturday night, but it appears the Nov. 4 election to build a nearly $28 million police headquarters building will get a little lively. A group is forming to run an opposition campaign against the sales tax proposal. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: New study suggests Lawrence may be the capital of part-time employees; city issues $46 million in debt

Published September 10, 2014

A new national study suggests part-time workers may be more prevalent in the Lawrence economy than in any other metro area in the country. The respected publication Governing has analyzed a set of federal statistics about the average number of hours private sector employees work in a week. It found in July that Lawrence employees worked just 25.6 hours per week, on average. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

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