WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Size of KU's football stadium would shrink under latest plans for new gateway project; hotel, conference center, concert venue, student housing planned

KU has big plans to turn the area around its football stadium into a hub for conventions and tourism, but it may need to make its football stadium the smallest in the Big 12 to do so. An outside consultant hired by the University of Kansas is recommending a 55,000-square-foot conference center, a 175-room upscale hotel and even a 2,500-seat concert and event venue for the stadium site near 11th and Mississippi ...

Lawrence leaders get update on city's chances to serve as a 'base camp' during 2026 World Cup; FIFA leaders impressed with Rock Chalk Park

By this time next year, Lawrence should know whether it has won the equivalent of a multimillion-dollar soccer lottery. That’s one way to look at the 48 “base camps” that will be part of the 2026 World Cup that will be hosted in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Those camps — spread out over all three countries — will be the home away from home for the 48 teams competing in the 37-day tournament that is ...

As KU discusses pay increases, it remains unclear whether a union representing faculty members will form

As University of Kansas leaders undertake a major study to determine possible pay increases, it is uncertain whether a new union representing KU faculty will emerge and be part of the process. In November, a group affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors announced it was taking the necessary steps to form a union to represent the approximately ...

Study underway to determine whether Lawrence airport should expand to handle 737s and other big commercial jets

City officials can picture the day when big Boeing 737 jets are landing at the Lawrence Regional Airport in North Lawrence. Now, they want to know whether aviation experts can also picture it. The city has agreed to hire a consultant to conduct an approximately $100,000 feasibility study on whether the runway and other infrastructure at the city-owned airport could be expanded to house large commercial ...

KU says it is getting serious about raising wages to compete with the private sector; some could begin in January, but uncertainty remains

One of the most important statistics in Lawrence has long been the number of college students who descend upon the city for the start of a new school year. It helps determine issues from big to small — how often the cash registers may ring at local businesses to how many motorists we may encounter driving the wrong way on Kentucky or Tennessee streets. As the school year approaches, the number may be more ...

Trio hopes a special Airstream trailer and a Mass. Street parking lot can become Lawrence's newest drive-thru coffee shop

Lawrence is having a drive-thru coffee boom, and I’m not sure yet of all the impacts from it. (Is a double espresso a mitigating factor in a speeding ticket? How about a small bladder?) Regardless, the latest planned entrant into Lawrence’s drive-thru coffee market is bringing some innovation to the scene. Instead of constructing a brand new building on a commercial lot, it hopes to win city approval to ...