Area food establishments cited for health code violations for April 14

Area restaurants and a tortilla manufacturer cited for 7 or more priority and critical violations: El Taquito, China Buffet, Hayes Hamburger & Chili, La Carreta, Autentico California Taco Shop, Celebrity’s Cheese Steaks, Burgers & More, McDonald’s, and Kaiyo Restaurant. Most violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Families are reining in prom spending

Visa reported in a survey this week that the average American household will spend $978 on the annual high school rite of passage for tickets, dinner, attire, flowers, limousine rental and other items. That’s down 14 percent from the $1,139 that families spent on average in 2013.

Beef prices reach highest level since 1987

The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners — and relief isn't likely anytime soon.

EPA fines North Kansas City company

Chemical Universe Inc., a North Kansas City pesticide producer, has agreed to pay a $34,740 fine for allegedly producing and distributing misbranded and unregistered pesticides.