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 Updated Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004
 • Disney to start selling computers for kids - 10:15 PM EDT
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  Cerner joins rush in last hours
Cerner Corp. took advantage of an afternoon rally and bulled its way through the $46 and $47 barriers as a drop in oil prices and good economic news boosted Wall Street.


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MIDDAY BUSINESS REPORT
From The Kansas City Star's Business desk

Rick Babson

Oil concerns send markets down
Rising oil prices sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average closer to the 10,000 mark today as investors expressed concerns about higher energy prices and inflation.

STAR BUSINESS ROUNDUP
Treasury to auction $51 billion in notes | New York sues benefit manager | Westar earnings down | Capitol Federal earnings gain | Earnings reports | TV glass maker to close | Court bars Japanese bank merger
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» Midday Business Report lineup: Monday: Jerry Heaster | Tuesday: David Hayes | Wednesday: Rick Babson | Thursday: Diane Stafford | Friday: Paul Wenske
» Tomorrow in The Star Business section Union leaders and environmentalists talk about fuel-efficient cars.
» Sunday in MoneyWise: Investors are searching far and wide for better returns on certificates of deposit.

TODAY IN BUSINESS  
Jerry Heaster
Downbeat Dems need to wake up
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AMC
Debt burden lowers credit rating
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Unilever
Food employees strike plant
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LOCAL NEWS  
Kansas City Star
  Birch Telecom co-founder replaced as CEO
David Scott, co-founder of Kansas City-based Birch Telecom, has been replaced as the company's chief executive.


BUSINESS FOCUS  
 Western National Bank of Lenexa faces issues
Federal regulators critical of executive pay, lending
Following an examination earlier this year, Western National Bank of Lenexa has entered into a formal agreement with regulators to address executive compensation and lending issues.
»OCC Announces 17 Enforcement Actions and Four Terminations
»Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
 Nonprofits say donor database fails to deliver
DonorEdge, a Web-based databank launched last year by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation to help donors make philanthropic decisions, is under fire from some nonprofit leaders.
»Greater Kansas City Community Foundation



KANSAS CITY BUSINESS DIGEST  

Kohl's two new area stores will mean 300 additional jobs



Crude prices hit new highs again



Bells put on THE SQUEEZE



THE MORNING MEMO: Halliburton fine, Fidelity settlement, Martha Stewart Living



Downbeat Dems need to wake up



Spending declines sharply



Unilever food employees strike plant



Debt burden lowers AMC's credit rating



Auto parts suppliers to operate alongside assembly workers



Ferrellgas raises $47.9 million



Executives are experts in excuses



Wal-Mart accused of costing taxpayers



Shares of area trucking companies hit 1-year peaks



Soybeans shape markets



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Residents want to change plan for Bass Pro traffic




STAR 50  
KansasCity.com
  Yellow Roadway tops STAR 50
Yellow Roadway Corp. made an uphill climb to reach the top of The Kansas City Star's annual STAR 50 report on the state of business in the Kansas City region. Even while undertaking a $1.1 billion buyout of its biggest rival, Roadway Corp., Yellow's financial results improved impressively. Also, read profiles of Kansas City's top 50 publicly held companies and their executives.

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