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Project Fairway in south KC pulled from city docket

High hopes for south Kansas City’s Project Fairway have faltered, plans for its construction recently canceled by the City Plan Commission just as plans were drawing near to final approval. Proposed plans for the massive 700,000-square-foot fulfillment center had been… more

Single family homeowners receive forbearance extension

On Tuesday, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced it is extending the date for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages to request an initial forbearance from their mortgage servicer to forbear their mortgage payments for up to six months. Homeowners… more

September housing starts up after August dip

After a slight retreat in August, the modest improvement in construction activity in September is welcome news, a good but not great report that reflects both soaring builder confidence and also likely some stubborn obstacles preventing the industry from truly finding… more

Supreme Court to hear case on border wall funds

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling that it improperly diverted money to build portions of the border wall with Mexico. The high court has previously allowed construction to continue,… more

Survey shows boost in confidence among CEOs for remainder of 2020

The Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence in collaboration with The Business Council rose sharply in the final month of Q3, after a moderate increase in the first month of Q3. The measure stands at 64, up from 45. (A reading… more

Coping with COVID: Lee’s Summit diagnostics company receives FDA approval for COVID-19 test kit

Viracor Eurofins in Lee's Summit has now received approval from the the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its development of an at-home Covid-19 test kit. The FDA gave emergency-use authorization for the test kit, a swab resembling a Q-tip… more

KC earnings tax renewal to appear on April ballot

This upcoming spring, Kansas City, Mo. residents will see a return of the earnings tax, or e-tax, to the ballot. On April 6, 2021, voters will be asked the question of whether to continue Kansas City's current one-percent earnings tax… more

Annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony to be held virtually in 2020

For one of the region’s most beloved traditions, the Country Club Plaza will host the 91st Annual Evergy Plaza Lighting Ceremony as a broadcast-only event on KMBC 9. The hour-long production will start at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. While Plaza restaurants… more

Crossroads establishment The Rieger to close

Another Kansas City restaurant is closing as a casualty of the pandemic. The Rieger, in the Crossroads, announced Friday that they will be closing on Nov. 1. In a Facebook post, management said, “After many pivots, a lot of hard… more

Coping with COVID: Johnson County commissioners extend mask order in a no-vote decision

The much-debated mask order for Johnson County was quietly allowed to stand Thursday without a vote from the county commission. Commissioners heard from around 20 people before the meeting, almost all of whom spoke passionately against the order that face masks be worn in… more