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Business

De Soto, Kan., packaging company plans 300-job expansion in Arizona

Huhtamaki North America, a food service packaging company based in De Soto, Kan., plans to open a new manufacturing and distribution center in a 750,000-square-foot facility Goodyear, Ariz., just west of Phoenix. The $100 million expansion will allow Huhtamaki to better serve Southern California and other key markets on the West Coast.

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Peek into NIC's ‘blue room’ in Olathe and its futuristic gadgets

Olathe-based NIC Inc. built and runs the websites of 28 states, helping their citizens get vehicle plates and hunting licenses online, rather than by waiting in line, or even by tapping a smartphone. Its tech teams also are exploring how virtual and augmented reality headsets, thermal cameras and Amazon Echos could help navigate dealings with the government.

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Old Settlers celebration set for 118th year in Olathe

The three-day festival draws nearly 200,000 people every year.Organizers say they are trying to carry on the family atmosphere that was started way back in 1898, when residents first started gathering downtown for a community picnic that included a band, bubble gum blowing contests, watermelon seed spitting contests and sack races.

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Olathe church thrives with East Africa roots

Neema Community Church recently moved from its location in Overland Park to a larger building in Olathe to accommodate its increasing membership. The church has more than 200 members and sometimes sees up to 400 people at a service and draws people from cities ranging from Gardner to North Kansas City to Lee’s Summit.

Videos

Royals' Billy Burns discusses walk-off sacrifice fly

Royals outfielder Billy Burns recorded a walk-off sac-fly on Tuesday in a 4-3 victory over the Twins. Kansas City improved to 80-77 this season.
Rustin Dodd The Kansas City Star
Royals' Billy Burns discusses walk-off sacrifice fly 1:15

Royals' Billy Burns discusses walk-off sacrifice fly

Bill Snyder weekly news conference, Part 1 10:34

Bill Snyder weekly news conference, Part 1

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman takes Royals batting practice 2:27

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman takes Royals batting practice

YouthBuild KCK works on a tiny duplex on wheels 2:01

YouthBuild KCK works on a tiny duplex on wheels