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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.

Tigers on the Prowl help charities raise money

Buy a tiger and help a Missouri charity was the theme of Tigers on the Prowl auction.

Loveless takes helm of development council

Former councilman says experience from City Council, Job Point and volunteer work will help him bring a new perspective to the Central Missouri Development Council.

New video game draws crowd to midnight release

"Destiny" makes much-anticipated release, keeping up several Columbia residents who attended the midnight Tuesday release. It's an online, first-person shooter game.

H&M fashion store set to open in Columbia Mall

The store is scheduled to open at noon on Wednesday next to Dillard's. The Columbia Mall location will be H&M's fifth store in Missouri.

Tax breaks sought for proposed biotech office park in Kansas City

Backers say the tax break is needed to bring research firms, clinical trial facilities and similar biotech operations to the site. But critics question whether it would extend tax incentives too far.

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