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EPA standards help drive renewed demand for diesel-fueled vehicles

Improvements in diesel engines has lead to an increase in diesel auto sales.

Commercial diesel engines changed significantly after the EPA passed regulations in 2010 that altered the industry. Now the engines are cleaner, more powerful and much more efficient — and sales figures show consumers are noticing.

 

McDonald's says changes are afoot to woo customers

The fast-food chain is considering new menu choices and ways for customers to order to reverse falling sales worldwide.

Harold's Doughnuts set to open Jan. 16

The craft doughnut shop has been delivering doughnuts since June and originally planned to open its doors in the fall.

Bull market for stocks keeps on going in 2014

Despite a few wobbles, the U.S. stock market climbed 11.4 percent and ended the year close to record levels.

Romano's Macaroni Grill closes in Columbia, across Midwest

Employees at Romano's Macaroni Grill received the news on a staffwide conference call Monday morning that they had lost their jobs, effective immediately.

U.S. economy accelerates and helps lift Dow to 18,000

Gas prices have fallen for 88 straight days, according to AAA, the longest consecutive decline on record. Cheaper gas has acted like a tax cut to free up money for Americans to spend on other items, including cars, clothes and appliances.

Missouri to increase minimum wage on Jan. 1

A law passed by voters in 2006 provides an annual cost-of-living adjustment to Missouri's minimum wage.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Candy Factory gears up for holiday season

As the holidays grow closer, Columbia's Candy Factory prepares for the season.

Columbia City Council rejects plan to study retail market, recruit new business

Columbia City Council members felt private interests should help bear the costs of the proposed contract with Retail Strategies.

Like low gas prices? So does the station owner

With lower gas prices, gas stations are seeing larger profits.

City ready to ticket Uber drivers who continue to operate in Columbia

The online taxi company refuses to disable the app for Columbia, and city officials say they will continue to punish individual drivers.

Teen retailers forecast dismal profits during holiday season

Teen retailers, such as Abercrombie & Fitch, are facing ho-hum results at a time when overall U.S. retail sales are up 5.1 percent over the past 12 months.

California sues Uber in startup's latest legal woe

The lawsuits filed in San Francisco Superior Court concern the company's driver background checks and other allegations.

Hot Box Cookies planning St. Louis store, rebranding

The company is also planning to open its stores earlier and redesign the stores' layouts to match the St. Louis store, expected to open in early 2015.

REDI conference attendees talk about trends in economy, higher education in Columbia

REDI held its first Economic Trends Conference on Friday morning, with talks about higher education trends and city trends dominating the conversation.

Reception recalls achievements of REDI president's five-year term

Mike Brooks oversaw the arrival of IBM to Columbia and important job growth when the national economy was weak.

City finalizing new rules for Uber, other app-based taxis

Drivers for Uber and similar companies would need permits to operate under a proposed ordinance that will be introduced to the Columbia City Council.

Anheuser-Busch buying Oregon's 10 Barrel Brewing

Anheuser-Busch's U.S. shares rose 59 cents to $109.98 on Wednesday.

New regulations being drafted for ride-sharing service Uber

 The city is looking to create a level playing field.

Uber begins rideshare services in Columbia

The company agreed to offer free rides for the next weekwhile it works out an agreement with the city on how it will be regulated.

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