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Regional manufacturing expands, hiring jumps

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said in its monthly manufacturing survey that an index that measures hiring activity among manufacturers increased from 10 in November to 18 this month. Expectations for future employment growth also were positive, the survey said

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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.

Stroud’s to open in Independence

It has leased a 6,270-square-foot building 19700 Valley View Parkway, current home to El Maguey Mexican Restaurant. El Maguey plans to close in mid-January after a decade of operations. Stroud’s will then remodel the building for a scheduled summer 2015 opening.

Low-wage workers march for a better life

They raise their voices in protest on the streets of Kansas City, asking for better pay. Then they often go home to poverty, worrying about their car being repossessed or wondering if they can afford the next meal. To them, making $15 an hour would be a godsend.

Stroud’s to open in Independence

It has leased a 6,270-square-foot building 19700 Valley View Parkway, current home to El Maguey Mexican Restaurant. El Maguey plans to close in mid-January after a decade of operations. Stroud’s will then remodel the building for a scheduled summer 2015 opening.

Low-wage workers march for a better life

They raise their voices in protest on the streets of Kansas City, asking for better pay. Then they often go home to poverty, worrying about their car being repossessed or wondering if they can afford the next meal. To them, making $15 an hour would be a godsend.

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Money Matters: What happens if you die without a will?

Nearly 60 percent of Americans currently die intestate — meaning they do not have a will. Most people believe that their property will automatically pass to their spouse, but under most intestacy laws, this is not the case.

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Keith Chrostowski: The absolutely, positively best quotes of 2014

From criticism of Obamacare and Jonathan Gruber, awkward as well as thoughtful comments by politicians to insightful discussion of income inequality, we had a lot to say. The most important quotes for Kansas City and its economy came from Marcelo Claure, the straight-shooting new CEO of Sprint.

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.

Keith Chrostowski: The absolutely, positively best quotes of 2014

From criticism of Obamacare and Jonathan Gruber, awkward as well as thoughtful comments by politicians to insightful discussion of income inequality, we had a lot to say. The most important quotes for Kansas City and its economy came from Marcelo Claure, the straight-shooting new CEO of Sprint.

AP sources: NYC congressman to plead guilty

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City plans to plead guilty to a federal tax evasion charge rather than go to trial next month, people familiar with plea negotiations said Monday.

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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