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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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Super efficient apartments could bolster Kansas City’s reputation

A big joint effort, the Kansas City Energy Initiative, was unveiled in June. It challenges owners of large commercial buildings to compare their energy use with similar buildings in the U.S., and then look for ways to save energy to ensure they’ll be in the top 25 percent of building efficiency. Owners of 175 buildings have signed up. And Kansas City Power & Light has broadened its rebates for residential and business customers in Missouri and hopes to eventually extend them to Kansas.

Restaurant inspections for Jan. 27

Area restaurants and grocery stores with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Hong’s Buffet and Mongolian Grill, China Feast, KC Buffet, The Blue Moose Bar & Grill, China Palace, China Wok, Garden Cafe at the Plaza, Taqueria Mexico, New Fried Rice King Chinese, The Granfalloon Restaurant & Bar, McLain’s Bakery and Coffeehouse, New Fried Rice King Chinese, The Peanut on Main, Peter May’s House of Kielbasa, Stroud’s Oak Ridge Manor, and Big Grill & More.

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.

Restaurant inspections for Jan. 27

Area restaurants and grocery stores with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Hong’s Buffet and Mongolian Grill, China Feast, KC Buffet, The Blue Moose Bar & Grill, China Palace, China Wok, Garden Cafe at the Plaza, Taqueria Mexico, New Fried Rice King Chinese, The Granfalloon Restaurant & Bar, McLain’s Bakery and Coffeehouse, New Fried Rice King Chinese, The Peanut on Main, Peter May’s House of Kielbasa, Stroud’s Oak Ridge Manor, and Big Grill & More.

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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