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'Like an Earthquake'
February 20, 2013
Article reports on a large natural gas explosion in the Country Club Plaza that injured at least 16 people and destroyed the iconic JJ's Restaurant at 48th Street and Belleview Avenue. The force of the...
100 Years on the Assembly Line
October 8, 2013
Article on the 100th anniversary of the Ford Co. assembly line, focusing on the Claycomo plant. Founded in 1909, the plant in the northeastern Kansas City industrial district was the first Ford assembly...
American's Last KCI Union Jobs Outsourced
November 15, 2012
Article announces the elimination of the final union jobs under American Airlines at Kansas City International Airport. The article discusses how the troubled airline's bankruptcy status allowed it to...
An Energy Trove Awaits . . . Maybe
February 28, 2012
A possible oil and natural-gas boom may occur in southern Kansas as drilling companies increase efforts to recover gas and oil by fracking. Although "its role has shrunk," Kansas "remains a player as one...
Charged Up and Ready
December 12, 2012
Article announces a study released by Electrify Heartland and the Metropolitan Energy Center which concludes that the Kansas City area is supplied with enough charging stations to meet the growing demand...
Collaborative Work Rejuvenates Group
January 22, 2010
Midwest Research Institute saw its revenues double within the last five years and expect them to double again in the next five years. They attribute that success to their collaboration with universities...
First Step is Tough, But Stylish
December 1, 2009
Article profiles the A. L. Huber company of Overland Park, one of the first local companies to take the plunge into renewable energy sources. Huber's wind turbine and solar panels can provide a demonstration...
GM's Turnaround Bolsters Fairfax
January 27, 2013
Article summarizes how recent gains in the automobile market have helped General Motors recover from the verge of bankruptcy and has allowed the company to reinvest in its Fairfax plant in Kansas City,...
Iatan 2 Plant Fires Up
December 8, 2010
December 7, 2010, Missouri's governor Jay Nixon "flipped the switch" on "Kansas City Power & Light's new $2 billion power plant near Weston...." Article discusses the Iatan 2 plant that adds 850 megawatts...
John Latshaw, Civic Activist, Dies at 88
July 21, 2010
Obituary for John Latshaw (88), a Kansas City stockbroker who served on the boards of dozens of non-profit organizations. Latshaw was a partner in Uhlmann and Latshaw, which merged in 1954 with E. F. Hutton...
Kansas Oil Fields Come Up Short
October 23, 2013
Article reports on the under-performing oil industry in the state of Kansas. The primary reason given for the lack of production is that limestone formations haven proven difficult to drill through and...
Power & Light Revamp is a Go
August 23, 2014
Article announces that a redevelopment plan for the Kansas City Power & Light Building located at 106 W. 14th Street has been approved by the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority. Details of the redevelopment...
Resignation Adds To H&R Block Turmoil
July 17, 2010
The last member of the Bloch family to head the company resigned from its board of directors July 16, 2010. Tom Bloch, son of Henry, served as president and chief executive officer before resigning in...
Sprint Signs Operating Deal
July 10, 2009
Sprint Nextel has reached a deal with a Swedish telecom company, Ericsson, to turn over the day-to-day operation and maintenance of its networks. As a result, 6,000 Sprint employees--2,000 in the Kansas...
Turbine Maker Picks KC
December 22, 2010
Short article about Nordic Windpower USA moving its headquarters and manufacturing from California to Kansas City. They will occupy about 50,000 square feet of the former American Airlines overhaul base...
Vote to Decide Aquila's Fate
October 9, 2007
Shareholders vote today to decide whether Aquila should be sold to Great Plains Energy, parent company of Kansas City Power & Light. Aquila plans to sell its headquarters at the New York Life building....
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