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KCP&L plans to install 1,000 more chargers for electric cars

KCP&L in a single stroke is going to make its service territory one of the best places in the nation to drive an electric car. The utility, in an announcement set for this afternoon, plans to install 1,001 public electric chargers, a 2,400 percent boost over the approximately 40 units now available in the area.

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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.

Share of U.S. workers in unions slips again

Union membership slipped slightly in 2014 as a percentage of all workers, but collective bargaining remains a force in the public sector. Out of 14.6 million union members, 7.2 million — about 36 percent of public sector workers — were in unions, compared to 7.4 million — or just 6.6 percent — of private-sector workers.

Share of U.S. workers in unions slips again

Union membership slipped slightly in 2014 as a percentage of all workers, but collective bargaining remains a force in the public sector. Out of 14.6 million union members, 7.2 million — about 36 percent of public sector workers — were in unions, compared to 7.4 million — or just 6.6 percent — of private-sector workers.

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Keith Chrostowski: U.S. economy is finally on its way to health

Last year’s numbers show solid improvements in many key areas, although stubborn problems such as wage stagnation and tight credit still need to be handled. Bankers just aren’t approving enough loans, even to mortgage applicants with good credit records or entrepreneurs with good ideas and decent collateral.

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: U.S. economy is finally on its way to health

Last year’s numbers show solid improvements in many key areas, although stubborn problems such as wage stagnation and tight credit still need to be handled. Bankers just aren’t approving enough loans, even to mortgage applicants with good credit records or entrepreneurs with good ideas and decent collateral.

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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More fall out as U.S. middle class shrinks further

The middle class that President Barack Obama identified in his State of the Union speech last week as the foundation of the American economy has been shrinking for almost half a century. Since 2000, the middle-class share of households has continued to narrow, the main reason being that more people have fallen to the bottom. At the same time, fewer of those in this group fit the traditional image of a married couple with children at home.