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St. Louis, Kansas City Take Stock Of Minimum Wage Hikes Being Undone By GOP Lawmakers

When it became clear the Republican-controlled state legislature wouldn’t be raising the minimum wage above $7.70 an hour, leaders in St. Louis and Kansas City took matters into their own hands.

Duration: 00:04:18

Inventor Goes From Taking Finals At William Jewell To Powering Cell Phones In Haiti

Three years ago, Conner Hazelrigg was a sophomore at William Jewell College, in Liberty, Missouri, when a friend came back from a trip to Haiti. The friend told Hazelrigg that everyone in the island nation—one of the world’s poorest countries—has a cell phone. They just don’t have any way to charge them. Electricity, she learned, was expensive and hard to find.

Duration: 00:05:00

Kansas City Tech Startups See Promise As Funders Look To The 'Rise Of The Rest'

Mike Farmer’s high-tech startup, Leap.It, caught the attention of AOL founder Steve Case in October 2014 because Farmer’s company was built in the first house hooked up with Google Fiber. Case loved the irony of the David of Kansas City taking on the Goliath of Google. “You’re undermining Google right here in the Start-Up Village in Kansas City,” Case said at the time. “On Google Fiber! That’s pretty cheeky!” Farmer doesn’t remember the cheeky line, but the Google angle is “an interesting...

Duration: 00:04:19

Trump’s Trade Tweets Hurt Kansas City Southern Railroad

President Donald Trump’s threats to disrupt trade with Mexico aren’t just concerning people south of the border. Each time Trump attacks the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the executives at a 130-year-old railroad with headquarters in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, hold their breath. Like a lot of U.S. companies Kansas City Southern depends on cross-border trade. Kansas City Southern takes Midwestern corn and auto parts to Mexico, and hauls finished cars, car parts and...

Duration: 00:04:06

Kansas City Man Dreams Of Building A Tech Hub With Diversity Hardwired Into Its Core

Over the last few years, the country’s tech giants — Google, Twitter and Facebook — have all been called out for their mostly white and mostly male staffs. Diversity has become a top priority in Silicon Valley. Vewiser Dixon, an area entrepreneur, wants to help Kansas City avoid the image plaguing Silicon Valley — by building a tech space from the ground up, with diversity hardwired into its core. It would be called the Enterprise Village Ecosystem, or EVE, and it would be on about 22...

Duration: 00:08:20

Kansas Citian And 'Serial Entrepreneur' Brings New Technology To Shipping Industry

Augie Grasis doesn’t shy away from the label “serial entrepreneur.” “I guess it’s true from the standpoint that I’ve had a number of startups,” says...

Duration: 00:05:26

Kansas City High Schoolers Juggle School, Jobs And Their Own Companies

Being in high-school can feel like a full-time job — eight hours a day in the classroom, plus schoolwork to do at home. Throw in an after school job and...

Duration: 00:22:21

How An Art Degree Helped Launch Kansas City-Based Health Food Company Rawxies

Callie England felt sick all the time. She went to doctors. She got her blood tested. By the time she was 21, she had taken more than 3,000 prescriptio...

Duration: 00:05:32

After Sprint, Former CEO Dan Hesse Says He Lives 'Very Much In The Moment'

Dan Hesse retired after seven years as CEO of Sprint in August 2014, he vowed to take at least a year "completely off." The year has come and gone — and...

Duration: 00:32:35

Kansas City Couple Updates Century-Old Crutch With Armpit-Friendly Design

The basic technology of the crutch, Max and Liliana Younger knew, hadn’t changed since the Civil War. But when Max’s father became a permanent crutch us...

Duration: 00:05:23

How Trouble Changing His Dogs' Tags Turned A Kansas City Banker Into An Inventor

Sometimes innovation is best left to the dogs. At least, that was the case for Doug Danforth. Danforth had been CEO of Midland Loan Services, a...

Duration: 00:05:11

Leawood-Based Startup 'Blooom' Riding High After A Busy Year

It’s been a big year for Blooom, the Leawood, Kansas, based finance-tech company. In addition to taking home a $50,000 grant from LaunchKC during...

Duration: 00:18:45

'Blue October' Hurts Bottom Line For Some Kansas City Small Businesses

Few will argue against the notion that the Royals' recent run to a World Series title has been a good thing for Kansas City. The New York Times is...

Duration: 00:04:54

Why The On-Demand Economy Hasn't Taken Off In Kansas City ... Yet

We live in a time where pretty much anything you need can come right to your door, thanks to technology — that is, if you live in a big city like New...

Duration: 00:32:41

Company Town

Ford's auto assembly plant in Claycomo employs 6000 auto workers. In a town of only 1500. We explore the relationship between Claycomo the factory and...

Duration: 00:31:00

Henry Bloch Credits Luck For Origins of H&R Block’s Tax Business

Like many entrepreneurs, Henry Bloch’s first business idea wasn’t the one that took off. Henry and his brother, Richard Bloch, opened a small,...

Duration: 00:05:21

What Makes Kansas City The Perfect Test Market For New Products

Do you have good taste? Some companies think you do, just because you live in Kansas City. Kansas City has seen several new products before the rest of...

Duration: 00:21:34

Building On KCK Barbecue History, Cities Work Together To Develop 47th Stre

Development, even redevelopment, isn’t unusual in the Kansas City area, but concrete examples of successfully working across state or county borders to...

Duration: 00:05:13

A Look Back At The Day That Saved KCK, A Look Forward At The Windfall To Co

As Kansas state government braces for another round of budget cuts or tax increases (or both) to balance the state’s declining revenue, Wyandotte County...

Duration: 00:05:38

Green Gold: UMKC Researcher Discovers Alternative Fuel In Human Mucus

Pollen levels have skyrocketed to new heights this spring in Kansas City. That’s bad news for allergy sufferers, but good news for a UMKC scientist, who...

Duration: 00:02:52

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