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Lighter energy prices should brighten the holidays for consumers

Gasoline prices have dropped about $1 a gallon from this year’s peak. Prices for natural gas, the most-used home heating fuel in the Midwest, also are far less than they were a few years ago. And prices of propane, popular in small towns and farms in Missouri and Kansas, are shaking off the volatility they showed last winter and appear headed for a much calmer period.

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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.

JoyceKC: New breakfast/lunch spot for south KC, new cupcake shop for east side

Steak & Eggs, a locally owned breakfast and lunch restaurant, is taking the former Waid’s/Ariana spot in Watts Mill Center. Cupcakin cupcake shop is now open weekends in Gates Plaza. The New York Times lists the most iconic dishes for Kansas and Missouri. Missouri is No. 3 in the “Top 20 States That Love Green-Bean Casserole.”

Median wage of manufacturing workers declines in the U.S.

A report by the National Employment Law Project said that for 30 years, from 1976 to 2006, U.S. manufacturing workers were paid a median wage that was above the U.S. pay median. By 2013, the median was 7.7 percent lower than the median U.S. wage for all public and private sector workers.

JoyceKC: New breakfast/lunch spot for south KC, new cupcake shop for east side

Steak & Eggs, a locally owned breakfast and lunch restaurant, is taking the former Waid’s/Ariana spot in Watts Mill Center. Cupcakin cupcake shop is now open weekends in Gates Plaza. The New York Times lists the most iconic dishes for Kansas and Missouri. Missouri is No. 3 in the “Top 20 States That Love Green-Bean Casserole.”

Median wage of manufacturing workers declines in the U.S.

A report by the National Employment Law Project said that for 30 years, from 1976 to 2006, U.S. manufacturing workers were paid a median wage that was above the U.S. pay median. By 2013, the median was 7.7 percent lower than the median U.S. wage for all public and private sector workers.

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UK firms Aviva, Friends Life in $8.8B merger talks

Britain's Aviva says it is in talks to buy another insurer, Friends Life for over 5.6 billion pounds ($8.8 billion) in a deal that would create the country's leading insurance, savings and asset management company by number of customers.

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.

UK firms Aviva, Friends Life in $8.8B merger talks

Britain's Aviva says it is in talks to buy another insurer, Friends Life for over 5.6 billion pounds ($8.8 billion) in a deal that would create the country's leading insurance, savings and asset management company by number of customers.

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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