2014: A look back at the year in Kansas City business

It was a busy year for some of Kansas City’s big names. Ford’s Claycomo plant took part in the U.S. auto industry’s resurgence, adding workers and launching the Transit van. Cerner continued its record run of quarterly profits, revenue and new business bookings, while pushing ahead on plans for its giant Three Trails campus in south Kansas City. And Sprint pursued a merger with T-Mobile US before giving up in the face of likely opposition from regulators. The company then changed CEOs, with chairman Masayoshi Son bringing on Marcelo Claure to cut staff and costs, and put a heavy emphasis on restoring Sprint’s customer base.


Volunteers fight the vast problem of childhood hunger, one BackSnack at a time

For decades, Larry Mattson, a history teacher in the Center School District, saw that children in his classroom were coming to school hungry. Now retired, Mattson volunteers to fill BackSnack food packs for Harvesters. Another program in Mattson’s church, Colonial Presbyterian, enlists adults with special needs to help fill the packs.

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Singer Joe Cocker dies at age 70 after battle with cancer

British singer Joe Cocker, who had hits that included “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong,” and a contortionist style of performance parodied by John Belushi on “Saturday Night Live,” has died. He was 70. His London-based agent said Cocker died Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades.


Light snow is possible for KC, and so are travel delays

A white Christmas is still unlikely in Kansas City, but Monday’s rain is forecast to turn to light snow Tuesday with up to an inch and a half falling across the northernmost part of the region by Wednesday. However, holiday travelers face possible flight delays and bad driving conditions north and east of Kansas City.

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Poll: Do you want the Chiefs to reach the postseason?

Was Sunday afternoon’s reaction a real read of KC sentiment or just the immediate pain of watching the Chiefs get pushed around in Pittsburgh talking? After hearing a number of you say you hope the Chiefs miss the playoffs entirely now, we want you to go on the record: Are you pulling for them to reach the postseason, or would you rather they simply go quietly into the night?

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