Toyota debates recall of Priuses overseas

Toyota is currently under investigation by the U.S. Transportation Department due to faulty brake pads in its 2010 model year Prius.



Columbia Toyota dealership, customers deal with recall

Joe Machens Toyota and Toyota owners seem optimistic about repairing defective accelerator pedals that caused a recall.

Apple iPad latest in e-reading technology

The anticipated announcement of the Apple iPad delivers on some of the rumors about the features, while surprising some on the price of the device.

Latest Apple product creates anticipation in newspaper industry

With the expected unveiling of the Apple Tablet on Wednesday, newspapers publishers are trying to make financial gains in an increasingly digitized world.

Live Nation, Ticketmaster merge after approval

The deal, which was approved by the U.S. Justice Department as well as Canadian regulators and 17 state attorneys general, must still be approved by a U.S. federal court before it is official.

Nixon defends state job cuts during Columbia visit

Gov. Jay Nixon stopped in Columbia to reiterate his plan for creating jobs in Missouri a day after delivering his State of the State address.

Google aims at expanding into mobile marketing by acquiring AdMob

Google's expansion into advertising on mobile devices will be aided by its acquisition of AdMob, as long as this move is approved by the Federal Trade Commission.

Months of preparations culminate in First Night 2010

Various bands perform at First Night 2010, counting on art directors and sound technicians to make sure they look and sound their best in each of the event's venues.

New applications and software simplify completing financial transactions

A number of companies seek to streamline the process of paying and getting paid, such as allowing street vendors to swipe customers' credit cards with mobile devices.

New security guidelines have little impact at Columbia Regional Airport

Travelers should plan to arrive at least three hours before an international flight because of added restrictions and screenings.

Business hours change on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Many businesses are closing early in Christmas Eve, and others are closed on Christmas Day.

Hotel owners, like homeowners, behind on payments

The good news for consumers is that room rates are likely to remain cheap as hotel chains struggle with too much vacancy and not enough occupancy.

MU business incubator establishes European partnership

The MU Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place recently formed a partnership with BioCity Nottingham, a business incubator in the United Kingdom in order to provide and receive additional support for startup companies.

Innovation key to Columbia's grocery wars

With Walmart providing a low-cost option and Hy-Vee aggressively expanding, Columbia grocers have to find ways to gain an edge, whether it's adding new stores or improving old ones by adding new services.

McCaskill: Small businesses feeling credit crunch

Senator Claire McCaskill suggested Tuesday that unused bailout funds could be used to create a subsidized federal direct loan program to help small businesses grow.

MidwayUSA set to receive national award

MidwayUSA is one of five U.S. organizations to receive the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for small businesses. The news was announced Monday.

Analysis: Friday finds big turnouts but small sales gains

The actual amount spent per person on Black Friday decreased though nearly 195 million people visited stores and Web sites.

Robotic hamsters are holidays' unlikely new craze

Parents are struggling to find Zhu Zhu Pets robotic hamsters, which retail for about $10. This season's must-have toy is made by a tiny St. Louis company.

Holiday Web shopping looks brighter than last year

Internet analysts expect online retail revenue to rise as shoppers hope to avoid long lines while finding big deals.

Salvation Army kettles now accept credit, debit

The addition of a card reader on the iconic red kettles does take some getting used to, but volunteers and shoppers seem to like the idea.