Stephen Koranda

The galleries in the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas are closed for renovation, but that doesn't mean the end of art programs. Some of it has been pushed out on to the streets of Lawrence. As KPR's Stephen Koranda reports, the Spencer Museum may be closed, but it's still keeping art in the public eye.

The Spencer's renovation is not just a couple coats of paint or new carpet. KU's art museum is getting a major overhaul. On this day, cranes are setting up scaffolding. They’ll be cutting holes in the exterior wall to install massive windows.

New figures from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis show that Lawrence is the most expensive metro area in Kansas.

The bureau’s report shows that although the city’s cost of living is lower than the national average, it’s higher than in any other metro area in Kansas.

Lawrence residents also earn less than residents in other Kansas communities.

The new figures are part of a project by the Bureau of Economic Analysis designed to give people a better idea of how much it costs to live in various metro areas.

The leader of the Oklahoma-based Delaware Tribe says the tribe could pursue a casino in Kansas, but it also has a broader vision of providing services to Native Americans.

In an "open letter to the people of Kansas," Chief Paula Pechonick addressed speculation about the tribe's plans for 90 acres it just purchased in North Lawrence.

The Delaware's efforts have drawn opposition from the federally recognized tribes of Kansas, which all have casinos.

Those tribes say it will cause them economic hardship if the Delaware open a casino in Kansas.

Lawrence Looking At Natural Gas To Fuel New City Buses

Aug 26, 2013

City leaders in Lawrence are putting the brakes on plans to purchase new buses for their public transportation fleet. They're giving another look at using compressed natural gas as a power source. The city had planned to buy three diesel and diesel-electric hybrid buses, but it's re-thinking the purchase because of the lower cost of natural gas.

A feasibility study four years ago compared the fuel costs, but that was before natural gas prices dropped and supplies increased.

The average price for diesel fuel nationally is about $3.90 per gallon.