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Energizer debuts recycled AA and AAA batteries

The company says they are the first disposable AA and AAA alkaline batteries made with recycled batteries.

Nixon releases $21.5M for Missouri veterans homes, shelters

The announcement follows a national settlement with credit rating agency Standard & Poor's. The settlement concerned allegations that Standard & Poor's knowingly inflated ratings of risky mortgage investments that helped trigger that 2008 financial crisis.

Businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name

As the professional football's biggest night approaches, the NFL is watching to see how companies use its trademark phrase "Super Bowl." Some companies are opting away from toeing the line of copyright infringement and using the "big game" or "game day."

 

State looking into whether IBM layoffs affect subsidies

REDI expresses confidence in the tech firm that announced an unspecified number of layoffs Wednesday.

Columbia-based IBM service center lays off employees

Some Columbia residents lost their jobs at IBM on Wednesday, but formal notice of the number of people who were laid off has not been released.

EPA standards help drive renewed demand for diesel-fueled vehicles

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.

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