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Cityscape

AMC Town Center theaters get a seven-figure face-lift

Movie theaters are facing increased competition for consumers’ entertainment dollars, but a seven-figure renovation of the 18-year-old AMC Town Center 20 in Leawood is designed to get consumers off the couch and into the theaters by “elevating the experience.”

Dollars & Sense

Technology

AT&T adding high-speed wireless service to Volvo cars

In the multiyear agreement, the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier will provide mobile connections for Volvo Cars’ services, such as Internet radio, maps and Volvo On Call, which lets drivers remotely start up their cars and alerts the company’s emergency center if an airbag goes off. AT&T’s service will be introduced for Volvo’s 2015 model year, according to a statement today.

Workplace

Missouri Supreme Court expands legal rights for injured workers

In a 5-2 decision, the court ruled that employees no longer have to prove that workers’ compensation claims were the exclusive cause for their dismissal in order to win lawsuits alleging retaliation. Instead, the court said employees must show only that workers’ compensation claims were a contributing factor in the subsequent dismissal from their job.

Development

Talking Business

Wealth inequality and the collapse of civilizations

Rising inequality could lead to an unsustainable use of resources and the collapse of global industrial civilization. The stark warning is based on a sound observation: Over the course of history, the collapse of advanced, complex societies is quite common. Although civilizations can last centuries, in reality they’re “fragile and impermanent.”

National, International Business news

Star 40

Cerner tops Star 40; others in economic ‘sweet spots’ also doing well

It was a safe bet that Cerner Corp. would once again lead the The Star’s rankings as the region’s top-performing public company. Cerner, the nation’s second-largest company that helps hospitals and doctors’ offices convert paper files into computerized medical records, is in a sweet spot. Other top-ranked companies here do business in areas that have an edge: energy, rail transit and online government services.

Star 40: Wealth soared in 2012 for KC companies' executives

The already-hefty pay packages of many public-company executives bulged last year, thanks to higher values of their company stocks. Million-dollar base salaries – as paid to Cerner Corp. CEO Neal Patterson (pictured) and Waddell & Reed Financial CEO Hank Herrmann – are only the beginning. For most of the bigger-company CEOs, stock awards, options and “non-equity incentive” compensation dwarf their base pay.