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Panera swears off artificial ingredients

By CANDICE CHOI (NEW YORK, AP) — Panera says it will remove artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives from its food by 2016, a reflection of the growing distaste people…

Seattle raises minimum wage; will others follow?

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP (SEATTLE, AP) — Seattle activists celebrated a successful campaign to gradually increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 by calling for a national movement to close…

Midwest economic index hits another 3-year high

(OMAHA, Neb., AP) — A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has inched up to hit another three-year high, suggesting more economic growth over the next three…

Google says workforce mostly white, male

By MARTHA MENDOZA (SAN JOSE, Calif., AP) — In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is — just 2 percent of its Google…

Cerner plans to expand campus in south Kansas City

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Cerner Corp. wants to expand and rearrange what is already going to be the largest office development in the Kansas City area, the company said.…

Ikea installing large solar array at Kansas store

(MERRIAM, Kan., AP) — IKEA plans to install a large solar array at its store in suburban Kansas City, making what the furniture retailer calls the largest rooftop solar spread…

USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil, water

By JOHN FLESHER (TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally…

Missouri tax breaks: Expansion? Or clarification?

By DAVID A. LIEB (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — What do pizza parlors and power companies, clothes cleaners and computer data centers have in common? They all could reap tax…

Missouri behind pace in paying tax refunds

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri has been slower than usual in paying out tax refunds this year. Figures provided to The Associated Press in response to a Sunshine Law…

Diner plans fundraiser after ‘show more skin’ post

By JOHN RABY (CHARLESTON, W.Va., AP) — After a customer suggested that servers at a West Virginia restaurant needed to “show more skin,” the owner became offended and decided to…