The votes are in for KCSourceLink's Battle of the Brands

The votes are tallied, and the next slate of local businesses has been chosen to compete in KCSourceLink’s annual Battle of the Brands.

A mix of 64 companies will battle it out in the bracket-style competition, which aims to shine a light on entrepreneurship and businesses that contribute to the local economy.

The bracket is broken into four business categories:

Microenterprise – a lifestyle business or company with fewer than five employees Main Street – a brick-and-mortar business, such…

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Great Plains relents, files for merger approval in Missouri

Great Plains Energy Inc. has complied with an order from the Missouri Public Service Commission to file an application for approval of its merger with Westar Energy Inc.

Great Plains (NYSE: GXP) had been arguing that Westar (NYSE: WR) is a Kansas corporation, outside of the jurisdiction of the Missouri Public Service Commission, and that meant they weren’t required to seek approval for the merger in Missouri.

However, a complaint filed by the Midwest Energy Consumers Group alleged this would violate…

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In Silpada theft case, court finds jewelry store in contempt

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Justine Del Muro found Gold Rush Exchange LLC in contempt of court Monday for violating an order prohibiting it from selling or otherwise disposing of $300,000 in jewelry alleged to be stolen from Silpada Designs Inc.

The jewelry in question is part of a lawsuit filed by Silpada that accuses three former employees of stealing nearly 23,000 pieces of jewelry and using Gold Rush Exchange to sell the items. The court issued a temporary restraining order in November,…

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Amazon AWS storage customers report massive outage

UPDATE: Amazon Web Services says its Simple Storage Service (S3) “object retrieval, listing and deletion are fully recovered now. We are still working to recover normal operations for adding new objects.”

EARLIER: Amazon.com Inc. says it believes it has a fix for the Amazon Web Services errors that froze out customers across the U.S. Tuesday.

Amazon’s web-based Simple Storage Service (S3) experienced widespread problems that disrupted websites, apps and smart devices. AWS S3 hosts websites, images…

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