Kevin Hardy, The Kansas City Star

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The Kansas City Star

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Past articles by Kevin:

$500M arts campus would put hotels, apartments and amphitheater near Kansas Speedway

With senior and student housing, an amphitheater, a for-profit college and a performing arts center, officials say the 180-acre development in Wyandotte County is “unlike any other in the KC market.” → Read More

Sprint closes sale of its Overland Park campus to Wichita buyer

Occidental Management pledged to “re-invigorate” the 20-year-old Sprint campus in Overland Park and create an environment that helps employers recruit top talent to Johnson County. → Read More

‘Ultimate pork project’: Kansas’ mega tax breaks don’t deliver as promised

Kansas sales tax revenue (STAR) bonds were designed to boost attractions that draw tourists from afar. But an analysis shows the developments don’t meet projections, and the state doesn’t measure if they work. → Read More

Storms pop up on the 4th in KC today. For fireworks displays, they’ll be hit or miss

While Kansas City may see some isolated showers and thunderstorms, the weather likely will clear up just in time for the big fireworks displays this evening. → Read More

Lightning blamed for Johnson County house fire

An Overland Park home cannot be occupied after firefighters had to remove much of the ceiling to fight a fire that broke out in the attic. No one was injured in the incident, though cats were missing. → Read More

Olathe’s Garmin enters new market with line of luxury watches that start at $1,500

Garmin has long offered smart watches that appeal to wide swaths of consumers. But the Kansas City-area company is looking to enter the luxury market with new watches for pilots, climbers and racers. → Read More

KC-based Hallmark goes outside the Hall family in naming new president and CEO

Mike Perry is a 30-year veteran of the greeting card company and plans to continue the work of transforming the 100-year-old firm while also staying committed to maintaining private ownership. → Read More

KC’s next food hall and events venue could be on a rusty, abandoned river bridge

Local developers plan to open a food hall and events venue over the Kansas River. The redeveloped Rock Island Bridge would connect both states and draw locals back to Kansas City’s river system. → Read More

‘Mixture of outrage and resignation.’ Why USDA employees aren’t thrilled with KC move

The news that 550 federal jobs would be moving to Kansas City from Washington, D.C., was a big win for local economic developers, even if it wasn’t popular with employees. It’s unclear how many will come. → Read More

Sprint and T-Mobile merger faces lawsuit from 10 states: ‘Bigger isn’t always better’

Attorneys general from 10 states are suing to block Sprint’s proposed $26 billion merger with T-Mobile. The lawsuit argues that a merger will decrease competition, raise prices and reduce innovation. → Read More

H&R Block will spend $405 million to buy Canadian financial software firm

H&R Block CEO Jeff Jones says the financial software company will complement the marquee tax preparation services offered by the Kansas City company. H&R Block also saw annual revenues drop by about $65 million. → Read More

Google will give away $1 million to Iowa groups with 'bold ideas'

Google executives and a panel of local judges will fund projects with "bold ideas to grow economic opportunity in their local communities." → Read More

In Iowa, Bernie Sanders says states should allow felons to vote from behind bars

Only Sanders' home state of Vermont and Maine allow felons to vote from behind bars. "I think that is absolutely the direction we should go," he said. → Read More

Iowa caucuses 2020: Bernie Sanders plans second Iowa trip with three-day swing

About a month after his first 2020 campaign trip to Iowa, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans a three-day swing starting in the southeast corner of Iowa → Read More

Iowa flooding: Damage from floodwaters reaches $1.6 billion, Gov. Kim Reynolds estimates

In a letter to President Trump on Thursday, the governor sought more than half a billion to repair levees and $481 million for flooded homes. → Read More

NCAA in Des Moines: Wells Fargo Arena releases face-value tickets for Thursday games

Tickets begin at $80 for the first two games and $110 for the second two games Thursday, well below some prices on secondary marketplaces. → Read More

Ticket prices for the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines are going up

Ticketmaster is advertising prices as high as $1,790 for all three NCAA Tournament sessions in Des Moines. → Read More

Iowa delays unemployment benefit payments after a 'systems processing error'

The agency said it notified out-of-work Iowans Tuesday that their weekly payments would be delayed. The average benefit last year was $385.19. → Read More

Iowa caucuses 2020: Bernie Sanders hires first Iowa staffers

Sen. Bernie Sanders hired two operatives from his 2016 bid, while also plucking staffers from Iowa's activist communities. → Read More

In Iowa, Bernie Sanders attacks 'factory farming,' big agribusiness

Sen. Bernie Sanders had a new message for the Corn Belt as he brought his 2020 campaign to the heartland for the first time this week. → Read More