Business and Government

UMKC Having Virtual Graduation

The University of Missouri-Kansas City students will still graduate in May, but the commencement survey will be virtual. The decision was made after a survey was taken with students and parents. All four University of Missouri schools have postponed their… more

Banks Cleared to Make Relief Loans

Federal relief for small businesses slammed with cash-flow challenges during the COVID-19 recession has begun flowing, as banks have the green light to begin making loans under the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program. PPP has set aside $349 billion for… more

Unemployment Claims Unfortunately Break More Records

The unemployment picture in the United States has gotten a lot more grim, due to COVID-19 shock waves. For the week ended March 28, unemployment claims hit 6.448 million, a new record since the numbers have been tracked by the… more

Manufacturers Called to War on COVID-19

Beyond the now-familiar concepts of stay-at-home directives, social distancing and more deliberate personal care, the war on COVID-19 continues to expand on another front: manufacturing. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has called on manufacturers to help produce personal protective equipment to… more

Philanthropists, Corporations Step Up in Coping With COVID-19

Local philanthropists, corporations and nonprofit organizations have joined forces to help the city’s most vulnerable population. “Our region is pulling together in an extraordinary way,” explained David Warm, executive director of Mid-America Regional Council, one of the organizations involved. “This fund… more

Mayor Lucas Gets Serious About Social Distancing

Mayor Lucas is getting more serious about social distancing in Kansas City, In an interview today with radio station KCUR, Lucas said that he has seen kids playing basketball games and heard of people having backyard house parties with more… more

Missouri COVID Cases Top 1,300, Kansas Sees 428

The COVID-19 spread is growing in both Missouri and Kansas. As of yesterday, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services reported that there are 1,327 cases and 14 deaths, spread across counties around the state. In Kansas there are… more

The Future of Small-Business Relief

It may come too late to save thousands of small businesses, but the congressional response to the economic shutdown from COVID-19 will be a sore relief to those that can keep their heads above water until the assistance shows up. While… more

House Passes Major Stimulus Package

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a record  $2-trillion stimulus bill to help individuals and businesses recover financially from COVID-19. An NBC News report breaks down how much of stimulus check that one will receive: "If you made less… more

Parson Relaxes Jobless-Claims Processes

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has announced a series of steps to assist businesses and workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, including an adjustments to the state’s unemployment insurance program that will allow displaced workers to quickly access assistance, and reduce… more