WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

KU sets goal to raise $2.5 billion in private funds by 2028 to fund major projects in Lawrence and beyond

From fighting cancer to attracting students from across the nation, leaders at the University of Kansas have a big plan for the state’s flagship university. Now, they’ve also got a big new dollar goal to help make it happen: $2.5 billion. KU Chancellor Douglas Girod on Thursday evening announced that KU is aiming to raise $2.5 billion in private donations by 2028. The fundraising campaign — dubbed Ever ...

KU planning to launch its largest ever capital campaign fundraising program; university misses out on $1B federal hydrogen hub grant

Thursday may be the beginning of a multibillion-dollar day for the University of Kansas. Look for Chancellor Douglas Girod to make an announcement tomorrow evening that KU is embarking on a new capital fundraising campaign. KU Endowment is scheduled to host a “campaign kickoff” event Thursday on the KU campus. The association hasn’t said much publicly about the event, but an invitation to the festivities ...

Lawrence's homeless population increases by 51%, the largest increase in the state, delayed data shows

The homeless population of Lawrence and Douglas County has increased by 51% in one year — by far the largest increase in the state — according to numbers compiled in January but largely out of public view until recently. While debate about the city’s strategy for serving the homeless has dominated many city meetings this year, it has done so without the most basic of numbers — a federally mandated ...

Lawrence, Topeka leaders continue to look at becoming stronger economic development partners

Go, fight, win ... Topeka. That’s a phrase that may sound a little odd reverberating off Mt. Oread or echoing down Massachusetts Street, but Lawrence community leaders are getting behind the idea of rooting for the capital city. The Lawrence chamber of commerce and Topeka’s equivalent — the Greater Topeka Partnership — have been working together for more than a year to create closer ties between the ...

WSU real estate economist predicts Lawrence home sales and building activity will be stagnant in 2024

If you are buying a home right now, finding one is only half the battle. Surviving the sticker shock that comes with 30-year mortgage rates at or near 7% is quite a chore itself. Next year is when that sticker shock will begin to fade, one of Kansas’ leading real estate economists is now predicting. But no, that doesn’t mean you should expect a dramatic decline in interest rates. Rather, it simply means ...

Conservative national political action committee supporting candidates in Baldwin City school board races; some residents wonder why

The banner welcoming visitors to the Maple Leaf Festival — always the third full weekend in October — is already hung in downtown Baldwin City. The aforementioned maple leaves in this town of about 4,800 people just south of Lawrence are doing their part too. They are beginning to change, right on cue, as thousands of visitors will pile into the small town for crafts and fall color. For the locals, ...