Diane Stafford, The Kansas City Star

Diane Stafford

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City, MO, United States

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Past articles by Diane:

Lawns sacrificed to increased density in booming midtown Kansas City

Residential neighborhoods between Westport and the Country Club Plaza are losing lawns to larger apartment buildings. → Read More

KCP&L outage form revealed customer phone numbers online

KCP&L recently warned about scam bill collection calls as its website made customers’ phone numbers freely available. It has stopped the disclosures. → Read More

KC startup reveals curious name change

EveVerify will become Zoloz, but won’t share furthers details until September. → Read More

Kansas City workers to rally for $10 an hour despite Missouri override

Low-wage workers and organized labor plan a #PayTheWage protest outside a Kansas City McDonald’s on Thursday. → Read More

Proposed moratorium on Westport redevelopment rejected by Kansas City Plan Commission

The Kansas City Plan Commission rejected a request to fast track a temporary halt to Westport area development or demolition. → Read More

Kansas City Plan Commission rules on short-term rental ordinance for Airbnb, HomeAway

The Kansas City Plan Commission approved, with slight modifications, an ordinance to regulate Airbnb, HomeAway and other short-term rentals. → Read More

How to regulate Airbnb rentals? Kansas City wrangles complexities

City Hall and Airbnb hosts don’t see eye to eye on short-term rental regulations. Now the Kansas City Plan Commission must mediate. → Read More

KCP&L warns Kansas City consumers of electric bill phone scam

The electric utility sees an uptick in fraudulent attempts to get customers’ money or financial information. → Read More

Trump’s Labor Department eyes remake of Obama’s stalled overtime rules

New regulations that were to have made more U.S. workers eligible for mandatory overtime pay remain in limbo. → Read More

Higher minimum wage gets KC voters’ support; attention turns to statewide campaign

Voters on Tuesday endorsed a measure to raise Kansas City’s minimum wage but Missouri has barred cities from setting their own wage floors. → Read More

Kansas City rally launched statewide minimum wage petition drive for Missouri

Labor and low-wage worker advocates launched a statewide initiative petition campaign Tuesday morning to raise Missouri’s minimum wage. A rally coincided with an election day in Kansas City where voters face a local minimum wage question. → Read More

KC businessman pledges $1 million from his company to help entrepreneurs

Mike Wrenn, CEO of Affinity Worldwide, will give $1 million to the Kansas City Startup Foundation, which also has acquired the Center for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development in a gift from Affinity. → Read More

He has 6,000 ornaments, 11 trees — here’s who you meet at a Keepsake convention

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club collectors met in Kansas City Friday for the 30th anniversary of the club’s founding. → Read More

Photographer captures haunting images inside Metcalf South mall before its demolition

A photographer has chronicled scenes of the once-vibrant shopping center known as Metcalf South mall in Overland Park, Kan. → Read More

Kansas City voters can vote Aug. 8 on a minimum wage increase that Missouri says they can't have

Kansas City voters on Aug. 8 will see a ballot proposal to raise the city’s minimum wage above Missouri’s - but it’s something the state legislature says they can’t do. → Read More

Jobs are available in the KC area — if you want them

Statistics indicate hiring growth and a generally strong labor market in the Kansas City area, but many posted job openings are unfilled. → Read More

Aldi plans job fairs for store and warehouse openings in the Kansas City area

The Aldi grocery chain will hold job fairs on Aug. 7, 10 and 14 in the Kansas City area to fill immediate store and warehouse openings. Available positions pay $12 to $18 an hour. Employees who average 25 hours a week are eligible for health and dental benefits. → Read More

Developer targets ‘high challenge’ area in midtown KC for commercial upgrades

Kansas City urban redeveloper Butch Rigby is working on another midtown urban renewal project, seeks tax abatements for a rehab of the former Bitterman Candy buildings. → Read More

Amazon says it needs to fill 50,000 U.S. job openings

The e-commerce company Amazon announced a national hiring day for Aug. 2, but events aren’t planned for the Kansas City area. → Read More

Clawing away at retail history at Metcalf South Shopping Center

Demolition continues of the former Metcalf South Shopping Center, which will become 95Metcalf South, anchored by a Lowe’s home improvement store. → Read More