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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

$2B Acquisition of Kissner Group Closes

Holding company Stone Canyon Industries Holdings (SCIH), based in Los Angeles, has closed on the the $2 billion acquisition of Overland Park-based Kissner Group Holdings, a commercial evaporated-salt producer. "We look forward to applying our long-term growth-oriented business model to… more

Sprint Fades Into History; It’s Now New T-Mobile

It's no April Fool's joke: Sprint Corp., once the crown jewel of business and employment in the Kansas City region, is no more.  T-Mobile US announced today that it has officially completed its merger with Sprint Corp. In its place… more

COVID-Driven Cost Cuts Hit Stormont Vail Salaries 

Robert Kenagy, CEO of Stormont Vail Health, has issued a note to employees regarding salary cuts at one of the region's largest medical centers while it copes with the costs of fighting the COVID-19 virus. In an email sent Tuesday… 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

KUMC’s Steve Stites on COVID-19 Challenges

As COVID-19 spreads across the nation, local healthcare organizations are talking about how to share resources and are hopeful that if residents heed their advice, the greater metro area will have the resources to help those needing hospitalization. “As we… more

MRIGlobal Launches New Mobile Labs in COVID-19 Times

Kansas City-based MRIGlobal has launched a new line of mobile laboratories that are designed "to address a myriad of biological and chemical threats," the company says. "MRIGlobal's mobile lab solutions have become essential infrastructure to many nations and customers in… more