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THE CLOSING BELL  


  Oil, profit-taking drag stocks down
Selling for profit continued today on Wall Street as stocks mostly continued the slide of the past two days.


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Midday Business Report
Star business journalist Some jobs are just killers, literally
If you want to reduce your chances of dying on the job, don't drive on the highway in connection with your work in fields or forests. By DIANE STAFFORD / The Kansas City Star
» STAR BUSINESS ROUNDUP: Bush considers tapping oil reserve | Chinese to pay Yukos rail bill | Bailout plan shelved for Trump casinos | Boeing chief trying to avoid WTO | Putin to allow Aeroflot, telecom privatization | Financial reports | Enron lawsuit settlement near
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TODAY IN BUSINESS  
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Rate hike
Missouri Gas Energy allowed to boost rates
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Kansas City Star
  No sweet choices for Interstate Bakeries
Bankruptcy filing, hiring of turnaround specialist are painful first steps to getting KC-based baker on firm financial footing
Tony Alvarez, co-founder of turnaround firm Alvarez & Marsal, landed in Kansas City on Monday.

»Chapter 11 can be first act or finale
»Options paid off for ex-IBC chief
»IBC bankruptcy petition and top 30 unsecured creditors (.pdf)
»Interstate Bakeries Corp.
»IBC profile

BUSINESS FOCUS  
 ‘Bottle District' to add fizz to St. Louis
Nightclub, concert space, lofts, offices planned near stadium
ST. LOUIS — A new seven-block entertainment district will bring restaurants and attractions to an area near the Edward Jones Dome, developers said Wednesday.
»Developers pop the top on new Bottle District
 Verizon to launch new Web service
Will compete with Sprint in markets including KC
The country's largest wireless phone company announced plans Wednesday to bring its wireless high-speed data service, BroadbandAccess, to Kansas City and 10 other metropolitan areas starting next week.
»Verizon Wireless



KANSAS CITY BUSINESS DIGEST  

Chapter 11 can be first act or finale



Options paid off for ex-IBC chief



Ex-treasury secretary to speak in KC



Kansas sets aim at leadership in bioscience



Consumers' credit scores count more than many think



Educate workers on saving



As market goes, so goes Bush



BUSINESS DIGEST



Weather, harvest progress send grain futures lower



CORRECTIONS



SEC looks into Fannie Mae problems



Champagne harvest bubbling over



Renewal of 3 tax cuts moves forward



Oil prices and third-quarter worries weigh on stocks



Interstate gains financing to keep on baking



THE MORNING MEMO



LOCAL NOTES: Payne retiring, Huhtamaki Americas, Partnership Award, AFL-CIO meeting, savings campaign, Hotel Brokers International, Truck Driver of the Year



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INSIDE REPORT: HEALTH CARE TODAY  

  A healthy workout
Growing costs, demand challenge nation's hospitals
The weight of rising health-care costs has created a heavy lifting task for hospitals, which account for the largest chunk of the nation's nearly $1.8 trillion annual medical bill.


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More want to be nurses, but schools lack faculty
'Investigational' treatments see cutbacks
KC Cancer Center has new south office
Undeterred, tort reformers will return to Capitol

STAR 50  
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  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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