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Great Plains Energy to purchase Westar Energy

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Great Plains Energy plans to buy Westar Energy, the largest utility company in Kansas. Great Plains in the parent company of KCP&L. The two companies…

Barge traffic makes a resurgence on the Missouri River

By MARGARET STAFFORD (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — The Missouri River is slowly resuming its role as a transportation corridor for commodities such as grain, scrap metal and fertilizer, but…

Columbia puts temporary freeze on some multifamily housing

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Columbia is putting a temporary halt to new permits for some multifamily housing projects in the college town. The Columbia Missourian (http://bit.ly/1VZUhsI) reports that the City…

Middle class shrinks in 9 of 10 US cities as incomes fall

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — In cities across America, the middle class is hollowing out. A widening wealth gap is moving more households into either higher- or lower-income…

Train derailment in northwest Missouri; no injuries reported

(FARLEY, Mo., AP) — BNSF Railway says 12 cars on a train derailed in northwest Missouri. No one was injured. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the derailment Tuesday…

Missouri lawmakers pass income-tax deduction for military

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri lawmakers have passed an income-tax deduction for active duty members of the military. Senators voted 30-0 Monday to send the legislation to Gov. Jay…

Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that “smart guns” would have to meet…

McDonald’s testing McNugget recipe without preservatives

(NEW YORK, AP) — McDonald’s says it is testing Chicken McNuggets with no artificial preservatives as it works to revive its U.S. business. The world’s biggest hamburger chain says it began testing…

H&R Block cuts 250 jobs, citing disappointing tax season

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — H&R Block says it’s laying off 250 workers, citing a disappointing tax season. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1Qz7yQQ ) reports the downsizing announced Tuesday by the…

FBI head suggests agency paid more than $1M to access iPhone

(WASHINGTON, AP) — FBI Director James Comey has hinted that the FBI paid more than $1 million to break into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers. At…