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Stocks solidly lower following disappointing economic data

U.S. stocks sank in midday trading Friday following a report that the economy shrank in the first three months of the year. The revised data, published early Friday, showed that U.S. gross domestic product contracted 0.7 percent in the first quarter. That was worse than the government's initial estimate of growth of 0.2 percent.

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Interactive report on Kansas City's downtown development boom

Downtown Kansas City’s rejuvenation is now rolling into a new era, with the start of the $100 million streetcar line on Main Street and 70 projects in areas that include Crown Center, the Crossroads Arts District, the Downtown Loop and River Market. We map the changes in an interactive report.

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Allstate mulls move to sell driver data

Insurers are increasingly using data on customer habits to help analyze risks and set prices. The records could also be valuable to advertisers who want to know where potential customers travel and what hours they’re on the road.

Expert discusses the rising cost of college and student loan debt

Mark Kantrowitz, who helped create the FinAid.org and Fastweb.com college financial aid and scholarship websites, is now the senior vice president and publisher of Edvisors.com, also an online financial aid resource site. In Kansas City, he offered his thoughts on college costs.

Allstate mulls move to sell driver data

Insurers are increasingly using data on customer habits to help analyze risks and set prices. The records could also be valuable to advertisers who want to know where potential customers travel and what hours they’re on the road.

Expert discusses the rising cost of college and student loan debt

Mark Kantrowitz, who helped create the FinAid.org and Fastweb.com college financial aid and scholarship websites, is now the senior vice president and publisher of Edvisors.com, also an online financial aid resource site. In Kansas City, he offered his thoughts on college costs.

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Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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