COVID Hospitalizations Fall to Pandemic-Era Low

Much to the relief of beleaguered health-care providers, the numbers of people hospitalized with COVID-19 hit something of a milestone this week, falling below 100 for the first time since all 27 regional hospitals began reporting data to the Mid-America… more

Missouri Realtors Names New CEO

Missouri Realtors, the statewide association advocating for real-estate professionals, has named Breanna Vanstrom as its next CEO. She succeeds John Sebree, who has assumed leadership of the California Association of Realtors. Vanstrom, CEO of Boise Regional Realtors Association, was selected… more

Meta Goes Mega With KC Data Center

Meta Platforms, the company most everyone on the planet still knows as Facebook, announced today that it would spend $800 million to occupy nearly 1 million square feet of space in a Northland data-center complex. Company officials, along with state… more

Science Comes to Life in Kansas

One can’t fully appreciate where Kansas sits at the center of life sciences excellence in 2022 and think about where that might take the state going forward without looking backward. So do a little time traveling here: • In 2004,… more

M&A technology sector reaches 7,800 closed deals

Total M&A technology transactions in the U.S. ended 2021 with 7,829 deals. Strategic buyers accounted for 36 percent of buyers, financial buyers a slim .05 percent, and hybrid buyers 54 percent. Software was the leading industry among buyers.   more

Economic impact study measures $6.5 billion generated by UM System in Fiscal Year 2021

The results of Missouri’s latest economic impact study show that in 2021, the UM System including its four universities, MU Extension, MU athletics and academic medicine have produced $6.5 billion. The study was conducted by national firm, Tripp Umbach. “Each of… more

In A Nutshell: The USA’s Continued Struggles

This past week was a disaster, recently the norm for both the president and vice president. As markets struggled what else could go wrong did go wrong. The 10-year Treasury rate rose to 1.87 percent, inflation is at a 40-year… more

KC Council approves extension of K-12 mask mandate

KC Mayor Quinton Lucas introduced a proposal at Thursday’s council meeting, recommending a two-week extension be placed on the current mask mandate for schools. A majority vote approved the extension, which now requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors to… more

COVID hospitalizations fall below 1,000 threshold for first time in nearly one month

Tuesday reports from 25 of 27 reporting hospitals in the KC metro show hospitalizations have fallen below 1,000, a first since Jan. 4, 2022, according to the Mid-America Regional Council's COVID-19 Data Hub. With a positive trend increasing, however, area… more

Work Begins on $220 million Buck O’Neil Bridge project

Parts of Interstate will be closed through this fall for work on the Buck O'Neil bridge replacement project, with northbound I-35 closed between 12th Street to eastbound Interstate 70. This closure will last approximately 275 days, according to a release… more