Economy

Business
11:42 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Google To Begin Rollout Of Fiber Service For Small Businesses

Google Inc. announced Wednesday that it would begin recruiting small businesses in Kansas City to test its Google Fiber product.

The Kansas City Business Journal reports after nearly two years of asking Kansas City companies to "hang in there," Google is ready to launch the pilot.

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Up to Date
11:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

How Corporate Giants Are Dominating Online Commerce

Robert McChesney is the author of Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy.

You can post just about anything you want on the internet, but when it comes to e-commerce, the online world is dominated by a few major players.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we examine the corporate giants that control the online marketplace and discuss how consumers might revolt against their monopolies.

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Up to Date
10:44 am
Fri March 28, 2014

One Company's 'Quirky' Spin On Getting Inventions Produced

Quirky works with inventors and entrepreneurs to make the connections they need to produce their products.

People have ideas for inventions all the time, but getting those ideas made into consumer products can be a difficult journey.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with a representative of Quirky.com, a website that connects the entrepreneurs with the means to produce their ideas.

Guest:

  • Nathaniel Padgett, Quirky.com
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Up to Date
10:43 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Getting Inventive In Kansas City

When you think of inventors, the image is often of a mad scientist shouting, 'Eureka!'
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When you tell people you're an inventor, it conjures up images of a mad scientist slaving away in a lab. But what's it really like to be an inventor in Kansas City?

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with local inventor Rich Melton about where he finds his inspiration, the roadblocks he's encountered and how he got started.

Guest:

  • Rich Melton, inventor
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Up to Date
12:55 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Tech-Savvy Students Contend In Local Robotics Competition

High school students will put their robots up for competition this weekend.
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It seems like we depend on machines for nearly everything we do, and a whole new breed of mechanical wonders is invading Kansas City this weekend for the 2014 KC Regional First Robotics Competition. 

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the competition that's attracting more than a thousand high school students who have designed their own robots.

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Economy
7:45 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Sprint Chairman Takes Case For T-Mobile Merger To The Public

Sprint Corp. chairman, Masayoshi Son, speaks at a SoftBank summit in 2008.
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Masayoshi Son, SoftBank Corp. CEO and chairman of Overland Park-based Sprint Corp., promises lower prices and faster service — if he’s allowed to buy T-Mobile.

Son, who heads Sprint’s parent company SoftBank, says merging Sprint with T-Mobile would create a stronger competitor to the big guys, Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc.

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Power & Light District
5:11 am
Thu March 6, 2014

New Lawsuit Alleges Racial Discrimination At Power And Light

The Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City, Mo., is at the center of new allegations claiming racial discrimination.
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The Cordish Companies, owner-operator of the popular Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City, is again facing allegations of discrimination. Cordish vehemently denies as “complete fabrication” the latest charges, which are part of wrongful dismissal lawsuit filed late Friday.

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Central Standard
5:24 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Hutchinson Kansas On Front Lines Of Salt Shortage

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The intensity of winter weather, both around Kansas City and nationally has put a strain on the supply of salt available to cities both near and far. Under the rich soil of Kansas there are hundreds of miles of salt veins where many cities get their salt. On today's Central Standard we'll take you down to one mine to the front lines of a national salt shortage playing out in our backyard.

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  • Frank Morris, KCUR national correspondent and senior editor
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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

How To Prepare For Tax Season And Retirement

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Tax season is upon us, so it's time to rummage through those shoe boxes of old receipts, dig up W-2 forms and file your 2013 return.

The Cash Money Crew is here to guide you through the process, including changes to be aware of and tips for a smoother tax return season in 2014. Later, we discuss the changing realities of retirement and how to prepare for it.

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Economy
8:02 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Winter Storms Trigger Widespread Salt Shortage

Salt Miner Lewis Lavy rests for a moment before drilling another wall of rock salt. The Hutchinson Salt Mine has been working 24/7 for months.
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If you think the roads you’re driving on seem worse than usual this winter, you’re probably right.The waves of snowstorms in much of the country have exhausted supplies of rock salt, the main tool that road crews use to melt ice and snow. Even areas with vast quantities of salt underground are having a hard time getting it onto their streets this year.

When Milwaukee fights road ice with cheese brine, New Jersey breaks out the pickle juice and New York, a major salt producer, declares a salt shortage, you know you’ve got a widespread problem.

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Business & Tech
8:24 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Kansas City’s Enormous Airline Overhaul Base Full Again

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spoke at the overhaul base Thursday.
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Kansas City can finally hang a “no vacancy” sign on one of its largest and most important industrial buildings.  

In its heyday some 6000 people worked in the TWA overhaul base at KCI. The place is massive, a million square feet, more room than all three terminals combined. When American Airlines pulled out a few years ago, the place was empty. Now, after an intensive marketing campaign Mark VanLoh, Kansas City’s Aviation director says, it’s just the reverse.

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KCI Airport
12:57 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Southwest Airlines Announces Nonstop Service To D.C.

Southwest Airlines announced Tuesday that it would begin nonstop service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., beginning Feb. 1.

Southwest received authority to serve the route after filing a petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The request was backed by the Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

In a release from the Kansas City Aviation Department, James said the announcement solidifies Kansas City's reputation as a top-tier, centrally located travel destination.

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Up to Date
11:17 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Bridging The Gap For Infrastructure Shortfalls

HNTB was involved in building the Kit Bond Bridge.
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Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers grades the country and each state on the condition of its infrastructure. The picture coming from last year’s report isn’t pretty.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we look at the grades Kansas and Missouri earned. We also examine the future of infrastructure in our region and how projects that need to be done will be funded.

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Up to Date
10:53 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Techsperts: Securing Information

The Techsperts return to talk about securing data, wearable technology and more.
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Until recently, we felt pretty secure using credit cards at major retailers. But with breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and now maybe Michael’s, should we rethink the technology that’s supposed to keep our data secure?

On Monday's Up to Date, our Techsperts delve into this tech issues and others. Could supermarket Wi-Fi be the key to keeping customers shopping longer? Will wearable technology that tracks your health become the norm?
 

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Central Standard
2:23 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

How To Successfully Negotiate A Salary

As a job hunter, we all want that great salary that pays us what we’re worth. But sometimes that means doing things most of us are uncomfortable with, like negotiating with your boss.

A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that women make up only 2.5 percent of the nation’s highest salaries, in part because they often avoid negotiating for better pay.

Additionally, company budgets can limit what employers actually offer, and negotiating too aggressively can actually backfire. 

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Up to Date
11:06 am
Tue January 21, 2014

How Women Make Their Mark In Male-Dominated Worlds

Mi-Ai Parrish, publisher of the Kansas City Star, and Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission talk with Steve Kraske about being women in a man's world.

The business world is infamous for its “glass ceiling.” And it’s true that being a woman in a man’s world can make it more difficult to succeed.

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with the president the Kansas City Sports Commission and the publisher of The Kansas City Star — both women — about how they reached the top and what advice they have for other women.

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Central Standard
12:12 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Cash Money Crew: Identity Theft And Managing Your Credit Score

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. The Cash Money Crew is here to discuss what you should do in case your identity is stolen. Also, the Crew will cover how to manage your credit whether it's good, bad or even nonexistent. 

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Business & Tech
6:15 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Bannister Rebirth By Cerner On 2.5 Year Schedule

Designer's rendition of Cerner 3-Trails Development.
Credit Cerner Corp

Visible occupancy of the new Cerner office complex in southeast Kansas City  will appear by late 2016.

The timetable was laid out by executives of the medical information giant, the Mayor and Missouri’s governor. 

The numbers include  240 acres on site of the old Bannister Mall.

A $4.3 billion dollar development capable of eventually handling 15 ,000 new jobs.

Fifteen hundred jobs will be available early-on, according to Cerner president Zane Burke.

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Business & Tech
12:09 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

What Ford's New Truck Means For Kansas City's Auto Industry

Beginning with its 2015 model, the F-150 pickup truck will be made mostly from aluminum, Ford announced Monday.
Credit Courtesy Ford Motor Company

Automaker Ford announced big changes to its F-150 pickup truck at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday and that means big changes to Kansas City’s auto industry. Ford’s plant in Claycomo, Mo., is one of just two factories that builds the F-150, the most popular vehicle in America.

Starting with its 2015 model, the new F-150 will be manufactured mostly from aluminum, rather than much heavier steel.

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Central Standard
12:34 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Wampum And The Connection To Modern Money

It would be impossible to go one news day without hearing about the state of the economy, or the movement of financial markets or the rising cost of a gallon of gas. Money in America shapes our votes and the quality of our lives. But have you wondered, just where did it come from? How did the dollar get its start?

On Wednesday's Central Standard, Brian Ellison looks at the origins of American money, specifically on the influence of wampum and other early money on our financial system to this day.

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Business & Tech
6:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Sprint Eyes Difficult Merger With T-Mobile

There have been rumors Kansas City-based Sprint Corp. may be interested in merging with wireless competitor, T-Mobile.
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Sprint Corp., based in Overland Park, Kan., has been losing subscribers to bigger rivals for years. One way to reverse that trend would be to merge with another carrier, and Sprint is reportedly eyeing the fourth largest wireless provider, T-Mobile, for acquisition.  

When the Wall Street Journal published a report, citing unnamed sources, that Sprint was getting ready to try to buy T-Mobile, lots of industry analysts treated it as old news.  

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Business & Tech
7:51 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Survey Finds Kansas Business Owners Feel Overtaxed

The Kansas business lobby is armed with new data to convince this year’s legislature to press for lower taxes and other change. 

The basis is a Kansas Chamber of Commerce commissioned survey of 300 company owners.

The December 2013 questionnaire found 57 percent of those surveyed thought they paid too much in taxes. Thirty-six percent thought they paid about the right amount. 

The study found less interest than in the past in what plays into the economic border war with Missouri, the poaching of jobs back and forth across state line.

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Up to Date
11:05 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Exploring Ham Radio In A Digital World

Ham radio operators can communicate with basic equipment like this.
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With smartphones and Wi-Fi everywhere, ham radios can seem a little dated. However, the machines have quite a following, and they can be lifesavers when disasters strike.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a ham radio enthusiast about their continued popularity and check in to see how useful they can be for area hospitals.

Learn More: interested in becoming a ham radio operator? Learn more about classes

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KC Currents
10:02 am
Thu January 2, 2014

A Look At The 'Food Hub' Trend In Kansas City

Food hubs in Kansas City help small farmers distribute their products to restaurants, grocery stores and larger institutions.
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The popularity of locally-grown and raised food in Kansas City continues to grow. But local food producers often have a hard time selling to restaurants, grocery stories and institutions like schools and hospitals. Local farmers often don’t have the volume or variety to compete with larger farms and food distributors. Even for those institutions willing to pay more for locally-sourced food, the infrastructure is lacking.

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Business & Tech
2:52 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Brace Yourself For A Faster Sprint In 2014, CEO Says

Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint Corp.
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Sprint Corp. CEO Dan Hesse won't confirm reports that his company may one day merge with wireless carrier T-Mobile, but he did have lots to say about Sprint's future in an interview with Marketplace host David Brancaccio.

Hesse told Brancaccio 2013 was a year of rebuilding, and that he thinks Sprint customers will consider worth it when those efforts are completed in 2014.

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Business & Tech
9:50 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Kansas On Bloomberg's List Of Most Innovative States

Kansas, in all its prairie glory, ranks among Bloomberg's most innovative states.
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Kansas is among the most innovative states in the nation, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The state came in 18th out of 20.

States were ranked on the number of STEM professionals in the state, science and technology degree holders, percentage of utility patents and a three-year analysis of productivity change, among other things. 

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Business
10:22 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Advice For Consumers After The Christmas Holiday

The Better Business Bureau of St. Louis is reminding shoppers to be just as cautious after Christmas as before.

The organization's vice president of communications, Chris Thetford, says if you’re shopping in person, make sure you always know the location of your credit or debit card. Online, he says, make sure to use a secure site.

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Tell KCUR
1:56 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

How To Be Merry At The Office Holiday Party Without Losing Your Job

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Watch out for the booze at holiday office parties.

That was the big message from KCUR’s online audience this week when we asked for your dos and don’ts at workplace shindigs during the holidays.

We posed the question on various social media platforms. On Twitter, we asked for your dos and don’ts with the #TellKCUR hashtag. 

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KC Currents
8:32 am
Thu December 19, 2013

As Greeting Card Sales Decline, What Is The Future Of Hallmark?

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For a number of years the greeting card industry has seen a drop in revenue. Hallmark, including its subsidiaries, had sales of $4.4 billion in 2007, but as of 2012 their revenue had fallen to $4 billion.

On KCUR's news program KC Currentswe took a look at some of the inventive ways Hallmark is trying to shore up it's declining greeting card sales and we discussed the impact Hallmark continues to have on Kansas City.

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Business & Tech
7:30 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Will 2014 Be The Year To End The Kansas-Missouri Border War?

A 1864 map of Kansas and Missouri.
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Kansas abolitionists and pro-slavery forces in Missouri fought a bloody border war in the 1850s, splitting the Kansas City region. Some 160 years later the states are still locked in economic combat that pushes businesses, and jobs, back and forth across the state line, with the companies themselves often the only clear winners.

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