Business & Tech
11:25 am
Thu March 21, 2013

St. Louis Company May Have Answer To Ending Meth Labs

Sudafed pills.
wikimedia commons

Not many of us are chemists.

Yet by removing one oxygen atom, average people in Missouri regularly are turning common decongestants like Sudafed and Claritin-D into the illicit drug methamphetamine. Nationwide those explosive mom and pop meth labs cost taxpayers more than $23 billion a year in health care costs, child endangerment and clean-up. 

But a St. Louis pharmaceutical company may have the answer.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

New Houses Shrinking By Request

Sarah Susanka

As the economy drags, the size of homes is diminishing… and it’s by consumer demand.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Cash Money Crew - Estate Planning

So are you planning to die? Are you ready for when you end up in the great beyond?  More to the point, what about your assets that don’t make the trip with you? Today on Central Standard, we’re talking about the not exactly uplifting, but nevertheless important topic of estate planning. Our Cash Money Crew is here and … you may not believe this ... but it’s not such a downer, really!  Financial planners will tell you that some good decisions now, now while you’re in the prime of life, can have an impact down the road: You can feel secure, live more comfortably now and through your retirement, and have an impact beyond your earthly years.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

From Steam To Diesel To . . . Natural Gas?

A recreated UP # 119 steam locomotive at the Golden Spike Historic Site in Utah

In the history of the locomotive, natural gas may prove to be as game-changing to the railroad industry in this century as diesel was in the last.  

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Plaza Fire
6:28 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Questions Linger About Gas Company's Evacuation At JJ's

The site of the former JJ's restaurant.
Elana Gordon KCUR

As several investigations continue into the explosion of JJ’s Restaurant, the role Missouri Gas Energy played in its response to the emergency is being questioned by experts and a witness who say the utility didn’t follow industry standards or its own advice.

Although its own safety instructions for gas leaks to its customers call for evacuating the premises immediately, MGE didn’t do that at the Feb. 19 incident. In fact, the MGE workers on the scene didn’t suggest that people leave the popular wine bar until 51 minutes after the initial 911 call.

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KC Currents
11:10 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Website Helps Companies Find Bilingual Employees

As Kansas City’s Spanish-speaking population increases, many industries are adapting by hiring more bilingual employees.  But how can they tell when someone is truly bilingual?  Gabe Munoz, and his partner Raul Duran launched a website late last year to assess the language abilities of bilingual job applicants, and help match them with employers.  So far, about 300 job seekers have signed on.  

Munoz spoke to KC Currents’ Susan Wilson about his start-up company,

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Hacking To Innovate

Felipe Micaroni Lalli

Most of the time, hacking isn't the first word you want to hear coupled with technology. At Hackovate, a legion of computer-savvy gurus are using their powers for good.

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7:05 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Fire Hits Plaza Business

TV-9 cameras capture a Kansas City fire truck silhouetted by the intense flames that destroyed a building near the Country Club Plaza
KMBC, TV-9 News

A fire caused by an apparent gas explosion near JJ's Restaurant on the Country Club Plaza has sent at least 14 people to area hospitals with injuries, some of them critical. The fire started around 6:00 Tuesday evening.  

Update 7:07 PM.  Residents from a nearby apartment building were evacuated.  Some are reporting that there was a strong smell of gas earlier in the afternoon. One resident of the nearby building also told reporters someone was operating a backhoe in the area earlier in the afternoon. 

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Central Standard
12:05 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Financial Behavior

Paying bills, making purchases and balancing a checkbook all seem like straight forward actions with money. But a person's behavior toward money and wealth and how they integrate it into their lives is a psychological and sociological issue as well.

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Business & Tech
9:21 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Fab Lab Goes 3D At MCC

Jenn Dec's desk is home to a few objects made in the Fab Lab.
Maria Carter KCUR

A concept that started at MIT more than a decade ago is making its mark in the Kansas City area.  It’s called Fab Lab.  That’s short for fabrication laboratory.  It’s home to cutting edge technology such as a laser engraver and 3d printers plus tools and machinery seen in high school shop classes.   

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The Walmart Effect On Kansas City

  The convenience and accessibility of Walmart as a one stop shop is what makes the business empire one of the most successful in the country. It is also the largest private employer in the United States and Mexico, but when a Walmart comes to town, what effects does it bring in terms of jobs and the local economy?

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3:34 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Do Cities Need Old Buildings, Even If They're Not 'Historic'?

Orion Pictures building at 118 W. 17th St., with the Power and Light Building in the background.
Laura Spencer KCUR

A proposal is in the works to tear down the Orion Pictures building in the Film Row District in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Mo. and put a 180-space garage in its place. But some say the 1946 building should be preserved.

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Central Standard
9:50 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Superbowl Commercials 2013

2013 Superbowl ad from Volkswagon.

  Today we talk about the only thing some people care about from last night’s Super Bowl XLVII coverage: The ads--the hits, the duds, the mildly inappropriate, and the ones that never made it to the air.  Dr. J.

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Up to Date
9:43 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Shaping The Corporate Landscape With Conscious Capitalism

Raj Sisodia

It's the new buzzword phrase, but just what is conscious capitalism?

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Business & Tech
4:24 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

GM To Sink $600 Million Into KCK Plant

G.M. C.E.O. Dan Akerson at the Kansas City, Kansas assembly plant revealing plan to invest $600 million in the operation.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

General Motors has committed to a more than half billion dollar investment into its assembly plant in the Fairfax District of Kansas City, Kansas.

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Business & Tech
5:02 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Missouri-Kansas Jobs Poaching On The Rise

Missouri and Kansas are using eight- and nine-figure economic development subsidy packages to steal jobs from each other. A new study finds no abatement.

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Business & Tech
4:58 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Union Numbers Drop In Missouri

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released union membership numbers today. The percentage of Missouri workers who are members of a union dropped to less than nine percent in 2012, following two years of slight gains.

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Business & Tech
5:18 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Kansas City Metro Home Builders Encouraged By 2012 Permit Performance

Kansas City metro housing permits signal 2012 as a year of change.
Credit ArmchairBuilder

Housing construction permits in the metro area shot up markedly last year, according to figures from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry

Ten years ago, the United States stood at the forefront of the Internet revolution. With some of the fastest speeds and lowest prices in the world for high-speed Internet access, the nation was poised to be the global leader in the new knowledge-based economy.

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Business & Tech
9:35 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Barge Shipping Concerns Ease On Mississippi River

Mississippi River.
The Confluence Flickr

Barge shippers can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now.  

The lingering drought gripping much of the nation had threatened to reduce water levels on the Mississippi River to the point that shipping would be effectively shut down. 

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Business & Tech
5:43 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

After The 'Fiscal Cliff,' Businesses Say Some Uncertainty Remains

U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff. But the unemployment rate remained at 7.8 percent last month.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 6:23 pm

Businesses complained that the uncertainty surrounding the "fiscal cliff" froze their decisions about hiring and expanding, which hurt the economy. Washington has now managed half a deal, which settles tax issues, at least for the time being. But has that removed enough uncertainty to boost some business hiring and investment?

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Business & Tech
9:14 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Low Gas Prices Thanks To Extra Crude

Drivers in and around Kansas City will continue to see some of the lowest gas prices in the country this year.  That’s due to a surplus of crude oil in the area.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Job Market Predictions For 2013

Diane Stafford

What will the job market hold for 2013? Nobody has a crystal ball, but certain trends are giving us a hint.

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Up to Date
11:31 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Area Development: 2012 Review & 2013 Preview

Work continues at Plaza Vista, future home of the Polsinelli Shughart law firm.
The Kansas City Business Journal

While the announcement that Swedish furniture retailer Ikea was the big story in area development for 2012 for its many fans in the metro, there was a lot more news about business growth the past year.

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Business & Tech
4:19 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Investors, Retailers Shy Away From Guns; Will It Last?

Rifles are displayed for sale at a gun shop in Aurora, Colo., in July. Gun makers are feeling isolated by changing public attitudes.
Alex Brandon AP

It's a nervous time for companies that make and sell guns.

On Tuesday, Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm, announced it was selling its stake in Freedom Group, maker of the American Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, which was used in the Newtown killings last Friday, along with other brands such as Remington.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

The New American City Part II


The year 2012 is drawing to a close.  Weren't we all supposed to be driving hover cars by now?

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Central Standard
6:50 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Computer Guys: Apps & Tablets

It is expected that there will be 68.5 million more tablets in this world by the end of this year, providing roughly $29.1 billion in sales

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Buying Local?

If you don't think regional commerce has become en vogue, just type "buy local day" into your Google machine and see how many results come up.

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Business & Tech
8:09 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Today's Three Stories To Read About The 'Fiscal Cliff'

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at the White House on Nov. 16.
Toby Jorrin AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 11:18 am

As we've said now several times, "the White House and congressional leaders continue to talk about taxes, spending cuts and how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that arrives at midnight Dec. 31 — when Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire and automatic spending cuts are set to go into effect."

As NPR and others cover the story, we're pointing to interesting reports and analyses. Here are some of the latest.

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Business & Tech
2:38 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Holiday Budgeting

You don't have to be a Scrooge this Christmas to keep away those post-holiday credit card blues.

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