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

In A Nutshell: Seeking Something Closer to Normal

During recent weeks we’ve witnessed more Americans speaking out against a wide array of nonsense and finally seeking more “common sense”.  Maybe that’s one reason the stock market has been so robust – foreseeing a long overdue return to sanity. … more

Kansas City Federal Reserve district holds gains, grows energy-sector activity in Q4

With oil prices on a steady increase throughout the year, energy-sector activity held its gains in the fourth-quarter of 2021, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says in its most recent assessment of activity in the 10th District. The… more

Area hospital executives say stresses may remain, even as case counts appear to be leveling off

The University of Kansas Hospital, with its mandate to serve not just the metro area but the entire state, has always been tasked with caring for some of the most acute health-care challenges, treating the sickest of the sick. That’s… more

Kansas No. 1 in new daily COVID-19 cases Tuesday

According to the New York Times’ latest report of U.S. cases, Kansas represents the U.S. state with the most new cases per 100,000 recorded Tuesday. The table is sorted by states with the most cases over the last seven days.… more