Mark Davis, The Kansas City Star

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The Kansas City Star

Kansas City, MO, United States

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Past articles by Mark:

Home contractor horror stories too common in KC area. Here’s how to not to get sunk

Johnson County’s district attorney sued a contractor over a 25 percent cancellation fee. A Kansas City homeowner said she paid thousands for work her contractor failed to do. Here’s how to avoid problems. → Read More

Sprint announces when 5G will come to Kansas City. Here’s what you need to know

The spring launch of 5G service will cover 110 square miles and about 340,000 potential customers, mostly in downtown Kansas City and the Sprint headquarters in Overland Park. 5G phones will be available soon. → Read More

Kansas woman sues over prescription pet foods that her lawyer calls a ‘fake pharmacy’

An Olathe woman has sued Topeka-based Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. to complain about pet food that requires a veterinarian’s prescription. Her dog, Theo, has eaten potato and duck dry dog food for five years. → Read More

Jury splits verdict in Channel 41 reporter’s race discrimination and retaliation case

Longtime KSHB TV reporter Lisa Benson Cooper had claimed the Scripps Media-owned station had passed her over for promotions and assigned her stories based on her race, and then retaliated over the lawsuit. → Read More

Pedestrian struck and killed on Bannister Road at Parkwood Avenue early Saturday

Police said the driver of a black Mitsubishi Mirage said she tried to avoid hitting the pedestrian who appeared suddenly in the road. The pedestrian died at the scene on Bannister Road in Kansas City. → Read More

Sprint suit says AT&T’s 5G E label misleads consumers in race to true 5G wireless tech

All four national wireless carriers are building up their networks for a new generation of wireless services called 5G. Sprint’s lawsuit against AT&T says its marketing of 5G E has misled consumers. → Read More

As GM Fairfax workers get profit sharing checks, question arises about plant’s future

General Motors’ assembly plant in Kansas City, Kan., employs 2,000 United Auto Workers to make Chevy Malibu and Cadillac XT4 vehicles. A CNBC reporter called out Fairfax in a question to GM’s finance chief. → Read More

Google Fiber’s storm outage fallout lingers as some KC customers wait for bill credit

Google Fiber said January’s winter storm outage in Kansas City was “an exceptional situation” that forced it to credit accounts manually. Only some customers got credits on their February bills. → Read More

Sprint’s ‘over the top’ Super Bowl commercial summons Bo Jackson — and a mermaid

This is the third consecutive Super Bowl commercial appearance for Overland Park-based Sprint. In the ad, former Kansas City Royals player Bo Jackson appears with a mermaid, “keytar” and Pegasus. → Read More

Sprint’s customer count falls in final months of 2018 as it posts a financial loss

Sprint said it added post paid customers who pass a credit check but shed prepaid customers and eliminated accounts that were not producing revenues. The net loss in the quarter was $141 million. → Read More

These women — a Missourian and Kansan — hold a key to your pocketbook and the economy

Missourian Esther George and Kansan Miki Bowman will vote on the Federal Reserve’s interest rate moves this year. One’s a seasoned dissenter at the Fed; the other a newcomer. Their first vote comes this week. → Read More

‘This makes no sense’: How Google Fiber left KC customers in dark 11 days after storm

Customers complain they could get no explanation of why service was out or estimate of when it would be repaired. And where were all those Google Fiber vans customers saw when the service first rolled out? → Read More

Large Kansas City employer mum over details of layoff plans aimed at 1,500 jobs

Boston-based State Street Corp. is one of the Kansas City area’s largest employers but plans to cut 6 percent of its workforce, or 1,500 worldwide. The company won’t say where the layoffs will hit. → Read More

KC cable, internet providers restoring outages as another Chiefs game, snow storm loom

Last weekend’s winter storm left Kansas City-area cable and internet customers watching blank TV screens — even without power outages. A second storm has service providers bracing for round two. → Read More

T-Mobile CEO’s first stop after cutting Sprint deal? Trump’s DC hotel, report says

Nine executives from T-Mobile stayed at the president’s hotel in the nation’s capital and are on its “VIP” list, the Washington Post reported, as they seek federal approval of the deal to buy Sprint. → Read More

‘We can be patient’ on raising interest rates, Federal Reserve policymaker says in KC

Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, said the economy still is absorbing interest rate hikes from last year. It gives the Fed time to pause in its pursuit of a neutral level of rates, she said. → Read More

Fox4 back on the air for KC-area Spectrum customers, in time for NFC playoff games

A dispute over how much Spectrum’s parent, Charter Communications, would pay to carry stations owned by Tribune Media had left many Kansas City-area consumers without WDAF-TV. → Read More

‘My bills don’t get shut down’: Furloughed federal workers in KC protest shutdown

The continuing government shutdown attracted about 200 furloughed federal workers and others to a rally outside the IRS building Thursday. Paychecks for most are due Friday and Monday, but won’t be coming. → Read More

Cable battle may keep KC Spectrum customers from watching a Saturday NFL Playoff game

Fox4’s owner pulled the TV station and others from Spectrum cable as part of a dispute. The loss of the local broadcast blocks one game this weekend and other games next weekend if an agreement isn’t reached. → Read More

Government shutdown suspends Washington’s review of Sprint/T-Mobile merger

The Federal Communications Commission sent more than 1,000 employees home and said it had suspended its official review of the wireless companies’ merger plans. This is the second pause in the agency’s “shot clock” for its review. → Read More