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U.S. economy grew faster in the first quarter than previously thought

The U.S. economy is picking up speed after a slow start to the year, with resilient consumer spending and a buoyant housing market just about making up for a falloff in investment by cautious companies. But the overall gains are still likely to fall short of what many would hope to see as the recovery nears the end of its seventh year.

Workplace

Are you losing sleep because of work?

About half of American workers say they’re not getting enough sleep. Family life, “flexible” or long work hours cut into sleep time. Many workers also say they wake up worrying about work. This isn’t good for workers or their work.

Cityscape

KC chamber names K12itc as its top small business of the year

K12itc, which provides customized technology solutions and services for K-12 school districts, received the Mr. K Award, named after the late Ewing Marion Kauffman, founder of Marion Laboratories and the original owner of the Royals. The Mr. K Award is based on business growth or sustainability, exemplary employee relations and a commitment to community service.

Business

7 wedding gift ideas under $40 that won't make you look cheap

Weddings can take more than a year to plan and can cost more than many people spend on a car. When it comes to spending a lot on a wedding, it's not just the bride, groom and their families who have to pony up - guests often spend a lot on weddings as well, especially if they have to fly in from out of town and pay for lodging. While some couples request expensive gifts on their registry, there are plenty of ways to get creative and give the happy couple a thoughtful gift they'll love - without breaking your bank.

News

Injured snowboarder helps other brain injury survivors

A near-fatal halfpipe crash while training for the 2010 Olympics ended Kevin Pearce's snowboarding career and changed his life forever. Six years later, Pearce, 28, continues to cope with his traumatic brain injury that he will carry with him for the rest of his life and he's helping other survivors do the same.

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Why Silpada Designs is closing

The Lenexa-based business had been losing money, the owners were making up the difference and employees did not know. It plans to shut down at the end of July, leaving loyal customers little time to feed their Silpada appetites.
Mark Davis mdavis@kcstar.com
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