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Utility execs see shift to more natural gas, worry about alternative energy and government regulation

Changing regulations and technologies are big concerns for electric utilities, according to the annual survey of utility executives released Tuesday by Black & Veatch, the Overland Park-based global engineering and design firm. But utilities also are embracing the challenges of alternative energy sources, electricity generated by their customers’ home systems and a changing fuel mix that includes more natural gas.

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Business conditions slump in Midwest region

Weakness in the agriculture and energy sectors in the nine-state region that includes Kansas and Missouri contributed to the broader decline in business activity in July, according to the monthly Creighton University survey.

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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.

L.L. Bean sets November opening in Leawood

L.L. Bean plans a 15,000-square-foot store in Town Center Crossing. It will take the former Charming Charlie space and part of the former Z Gallerie space. Charming Charlie has temporarily relocated in Town Center Crossing and Z Gallerie temporarily relocated to sister center Town Center Plaza.

L.L. Bean sets November opening in Leawood

L.L. Bean plans a 15,000-square-foot store in Town Center Crossing. It will take the former Charming Charlie space and part of the former Z Gallerie space. Charming Charlie has temporarily relocated in Town Center Crossing and Z Gallerie temporarily relocated to sister center Town Center Plaza.

Are you excited about a coming raise? Don’t be

The Employment Cost Index rose at its slowest pace since records began in 1982, just 0.2 percent. In the past year, the index is up only an anemic 2 percent. Just three months ago, it was up 2.6 percent in the previous 12 months.

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Board games can take the boredom out of summer

In the realm of board games that teach kids about money, entrepreneurship and business smarts, Monopoly, The Game of Life and Payday are the three classics. But a few other products that are part game, part teaching tool can be found on toy store shelves.

Board games can take the boredom out of summer

In the realm of board games that teach kids about money, entrepreneurship and business smarts, Monopoly, The Game of Life and Payday are the three classics. But a few other products that are part game, part teaching tool can be found on toy store shelves.

Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms

Contract covering 39,000 workers represented by 2 unions expires Saturday

Union: 86 percent of workers covered by the contract voted to strike in a recent poll

Verizon expects its effect on customers in 9 states to be ‘minimal’

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Enter for your chance to be 1 of 3 winners of a $100 Visa Gift Card Courtesy of the Ethnic Enrichment Festival August 21st through August 23rd at Swope Park in Kansas City, MO. Adults are just $3 and Kids 12 & under are free!

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Three characteristics of successful small-business owners

Successful small-business owners are as different in personality as they are in appearance. Some of them are risk-takers and some are risk-averse. Some organized and some not. But from years of observing and training business owners across the country, I have found that successful small-business owners do share three characteristics.

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