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First-time Super Bowl advertisers hope to score lots of points

There will be 15 new Super Bowl advertisers this year, the most since 2000, before the economy fell into what would be the first of two recessions. Advertising experts say the rookie interest in Super Bowl ads is a positive sign that companies are feeling good in the most recent economic recovery.

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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.

New retailers for the Country Club Plaza

Luxury eyewear retailer Barton Perreira plans to open in March. The Coveted Home interior design studio and home furnishings store will relocate from Prairie Village and plans a May opening on the Plaza. The previously announced Zoes Kitchen plans a March opening.

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Filling out the FAFSA has gotten easier — really

Since overhauling the online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid several years ago, the U.S. Department of Education has continued to make tweaks. The most recent changes for 2015 clarified some definitions, color-coded some sections to make sure they’re not overlooked by students and parents, and provided more detailed instructions to certain questions.

Filling out the FAFSA has gotten easier — really

Since overhauling the online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid several years ago, the U.S. Department of Education has continued to make tweaks. The most recent changes for 2015 clarified some definitions, color-coded some sections to make sure they’re not overlooked by students and parents, and provided more detailed instructions to certain questions.

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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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Area homebuilders turn in their best results since 2007

Data from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City showed that 4,220 single-family building permits were issued last year, up 3 percent from the 4,090 in 2013. The association also reported that building permits were issued for 3,910 multifamily units last year, up 1,031 units from the previous year.

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Court upholds deceptive ad claims against POM

A federal appeals court said Friday that many advertising claims for POM Wonderful juice were deceptive in asserting that it curbs the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction and is clinically proven to work.

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MMGY Global expands to Europe

The Kansas City-based marketing agency, which specializes in the travel and hospitality industries, has opened an office in Madrid, Spain. It’s the company’s first European office.