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After hiatus, Twinkies return to Columbia stores

Twinkies and other Hostess snacks have returned after a hiatus caused by bankruptcy.

Walmart on Campus to open at the Lofts near MU

Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2014, the Walmart on Campus store will offer groceries, convenience items and health and beauty products. 

Columbia's EternoGen prepares to sell longer-lasting collagen in Europe, Asia

Chief Commercialization Officer Anna Lundvall said there isn’t any collagen with nanotechnology on the market now, which gives EternoGen a chance to break in.

GM announces another expansion in Wentzville

The $133 million expansion calls for GM to build a new 114,000-square-foot stamping press. Construction will begin in July and the press is expected to be operational by early 2015.

Residents divided over downtown Columbia housing, despite business benefits

The proliferation of student apartments boosts traffic for many businesses, but some residents worry it's too much, too quickly.

Express Scripts adding jobs in deal relying on Missouri tax breaks

Express Scripts confirmed reports that the company plans to add 1,500 jobs at its headquarters near the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The deal is contingent upon tax incentives from St. Louis County and the state.

Missouri jobless rate climbs despite payroll gains

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Missouri's April unemployment was 6.6 percent.

In Harrisburg barbecue joint, friends find success in unlikely place

When two friends threw away the recipe books and started their own barbecue tradition in Harrisburg, they had no idea what would happen. Their success has exceeded their dreams by a country mile.

Federal Reserve suggests it's closer to slowing bond purchases

The Fed's bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates at record lows. A pullback in the Fed's purchases would likely lead to higher rates on mortgages and other consumer and business loans.

World Food Prize goes to Monsanto executive, 2 other biotech scientists

Robert Fraley, chief technology officer at Monsanto, genetically engineered the first herbicide-resistant soybean in 1996. The prize is backed by Monsanto and other agribusiness giants.

Broadway hotel, Short Street projects expected to finish by September

Downtown business owners have had to cope with construction of a new hotel at the east end of Broadway. Despite the short-term issues, business owners are optimistic about the traffic it will bring to the area. 

Wake-up call: Starbucks to post calorie counts on menus

Starbucks Corp. and other large fast food chains are posting calorie information on menus before a new Food and Drug Administration regulation takes effect June 25.

Layoffs at Columbia IBM facility could lead to reduction in tax incentives

Under one of several state tax incentives from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, IBM was required to create 600 jobs within three years.

IBM restructuring leads to layoffs nationwide, as well as in Columbia

Reports indicate some Columbia workers have lost their jobs.

Monsanto calls modified wheat an isolated occurrence

Representatives for St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. said during a conference call that the emergence of the genetically modified strain was an isolated occurrence.

Enterprise names MU grad as first CEO outside Taylor family

Pamela Nicholson, the new CEO of the St. Louis company, began at Enterprise as a management trainee in 1981 after graduating from MU.

State Farm spokesman deployed to Oklahoma to assess tornado damage

Jim Camoriano, a Columbia-based State Farm spokesman, is working in Oklahoma to help policyholders file claims for cars and homes.

Wal-Mart pleads guilty in hazardous waste case, will pay $86.1 million

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty in federal court to improperly disposing of fertilizer, pesticides and other hazardous products. The $81.6 million fines will be used in part to fund projects to help the environment.

DEA disagrees with Missouri company's meth-resistant claims

The Drug Enforcement Administration says chemists were able to produce meth with the product Zephrex-D despite a pharmaceutical company's claims that it could not be used for that purpose.

Economic gains boost US confidence to 5-year high

Consumer confidence has climbed to the highest level since February 2008, two months after the beginning of the Great Recession.

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