Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is coming to KCI

The entry of Spirit promises new competition for Southwest Airlines, which has become the dominant carrier in Kansas City with more than 40 percent of the market. It creates the possibility for travelers that the two airlines will directly compete for business to such cities as Chicago.

Job market for college grads better but still weak

With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads — a bit. But finding work — especially a dream job — remains tough for those just graduating.

UMB earnings fall 33% because of acquisition costs

UMB Financial said its earnings suffered from $15 million the company set aside to cover potential costs tied to its earlier purchase of Prairie Capital Management. Otherwise, UMB said, its operations were performing well.

Earnings and corporate deals lift U.S. stocks

Corporate deals and some solid earnings reports propelled the stock market to its sixth straight gain Tuesday. Allergan surged after Valeant Pharmaceuticals said it had teamed up with activist investor Bill Ackman to make a bid for the Botox maker. Netflix and Harley-Davidson rose sharply after reporting earnings that beat analyst's expectations.

Google challenges nonprofits on ideas to use Glass

On Tuesday, the tech giant is asking nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work. Five charities that propose the best ideas by May 20 will get a free pair of the glasses, a trip to Google for training and a $25,000 grant to help make their project a reality.

AT&T might challenge Google Fiber with high-speed Internet service in KC

AT&T Inc. announced Monday that Kansas City is among 24 markets where it may outfit its U-verse network to bring dramatically faster Internet speeds to homes and small businesses. It would be a direct challenge to Google Fiber, which has offered 1-gigabit-per-second Internet connections to much of the Kansas City area since late 2012.

Millennials are finding KC a friendly place to be

Kansas City is going after the millennial generation as a key to future economic vitality and finding fairly good results, doing better than most major metros adding young adults and picking up some good national publicity on social media.

Eleven area entrepreneurs are named finalists for Ernst & Young award

The Entrepreneur of the Year awards program, now in its 28th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their business and community. Award winners will be announced June 19 at an event at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel.