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City of Lawrence would pay Catholic Charities $250 per approved application to utility assistance fund under proposed contract

The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday will consider a contract that would pay Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas $250 for each application approved for a utility assistance program. That’s roughly equivalent to two or three months’ worth of the average residence’s city utility bills.

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Analysis: Downtown Master Plan draft proposes a few big changes, but skirts critical local issues

The final draft of the downtown master plan suggests that such landmark buildings as the post office, the U.S. Bank building, Replay Lounge and the former Journal-World printing plant could be torn down or redeveloped, but it is all but silent on how to deal with such key local issues as affordable housing, homelessness, aging of the population, soaring vacancy rates and the fallout from COVID-19.