Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City reveals illegal credit card use

The insurer has fired a customer service representative who was found to have bought things using the credit card numbers of two Blue KC customers. Blue KC chief of staff Wayne Powell said the violation never compromised the insurer’s computer systems or payments and never involved any customer health or policy information.

Cost of treatment could influence doctors’ advice

The shift from treatment effectiveness to cost suggests that doctors are starting to redefine their roles from being concerned exclusively about individual patients to exerting influence on how health care money is spent. But some see patient trust at risk if savings becomes a goal.

BP manager allegedly learned scale of spill, dumped stock

Federal securities investigators say that the man that BP initially put in charge of cleaning up the oil from its massive 2010 Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico used nonpublic information to safely dump $1 million of his family’s company stock before the share price nosedived.

Federal Reserve penalizes former Missouri banker

Darryl Layne Woods, former president and chairman of Calvert Financial Corp. of Ashland, Mo., consented to the sanctions “based on his participation in unsafe and unsound practices, breaches of fiduciary duty and violations of law and regulation” in his use of funds under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the Fed said.

Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

Amid good financial report, Chipotle plans first price increases in three years

Chipotle is feeling confident that customers are willing to pay more for its burritos, bowls and tacos. The Mexican food chain said Thursday that it would raise prices for the first time in three years as its popularity continues to soar. Menu boards with the new prices should start rolling out in coming weeks and be in place at all restaurants by this summer.

‘Liking’ General Mills means you can’t sue company

The maker of Cheerios and Chex cereals and such brands as Bisquick and Betty Crocker has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities such as Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest, or interact with it in a variety of other ways. It even suggests that buying its products would bind consumers to those terms.

Chinese tech giant Alibaba is set to make a splash here with IPO

Alibaba Group — a Chinese e-commerce behemoth — has decided to go public in the U.S. after months of speculation that it would list in Hong Kong. The company could raise up to $15 billion at an estimated valuation of up to $200 billion. The prospect of a blockbuster IPO for Alibaba is already igniting the kind of frenzied investor interest that swirled around Facebook in 2012 and Twitter in 2013.

Google Fiber plans to test small-business service in Kansas City

The company sent out questionnaires this week to businesses in the market who had indicated they wanted to buy service through Google Fiber. In the notice sent to those businesses, Google Fiber said it would connect a “limited number of small businesses” to its network “in the next few months.”

Kansas City chamber names its top 10 small businesses of the year

The top 10 were announced at a private event at Boulevard Brewing Co. The event — presented by Intrust Bank — was part of the chamber’s annual small business celebrations. One of the top 10 will be crowned the Kansas City 2014 Small Business of the Year and receive the Mr. K Award at a luncheon May 29.

Local design firm Dimensional Innovations wins Notre Dame contract

The 20-year-old firm will design environmental graphics and other branding materials for a 750,000-square-foot addition around the Notre Dame football stadium. The project, called Campus Crossroads, consists of three multistory buildings that will be attached to the east, west and south sides of the stadium.