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Family fireworks stand in Columbia closes for first time in 33 years

 Despite the stand's closure this year, the family plans to reopen and expand next year.

U.S. jobless rate rises to 9.5 percent

The U.S. unemployment rate continued to climb in the month of June, reaching a 26-year high of 9.5 percent.  Economists are conflicted about how long it will be before that number starts to go down.

CenturyTel completes purchase of Embarq

The chief executive officer of the combined company, which is to be renamed CenturyLink, said the focus of its approach is to provide broadband service in their markets.

Richland Road project prompts questions of staff advocacy, transparency

Planning and Zoning commissioners and the city planning department spent Thursday night discussing staff's role in development review.

Benefits tax advances in health care negotiations

As negotiations over the health care overhaul continue, debates revolve around specific aspects of the plan: a benefits tax, the overall cost, requiring employers to contribute and whether to set up a government insurance plan to compete with private companies.

Walmart aims to keep a new batch of customers

Walmart looks for ways to keep customers shopping there when the economy recovers. During the economic downturn, the world's largest retailer attracted customers looking for lower prices, and now, by way of remodeling and merchandising, it aims to keep them coming back.

Columbia receives national recognition for entrepreneurial climate

BusinessWeek recently named Columbia the best small city in Missouri for business start-ups. The success is attributed partly to the large college-aged population.

Planning and Zoning Commission denies Richland Road annexation request

Despite a positive recommendation from the city staff , the Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously against annexing 271 acres into the city for development.

Court makes it harder to prove age discrimination

In the Supreme Courts ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that employees have to prove that age played a key role in employers' decisions to prove age descirmination.

FairTax rally draws thousands

About 4,760 people attended the Midwest FairTax rally Saturday afternoon to speak in favor of the tax plan, which would essentially replace the federal income tax with a national sales tax.

Minn. woman who lost music-share suit gets replay

Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a self-described "huge music fan," was accused of illegal file-sharing. When given the option of settling, she opted for a retrial. Thomas-Rasset will be armed with aggressive new lawyers when her retrial begins in federal court Monday.

Six Flags files for bankruptcy

Six Flags amusement park company is seeking bankruptcy protection for being $2.4 billion in debt despite posting record revenues in 2008.

St. Louis' Ballpark Village held up again in final approval

St. Louis' proposed Ballpark Village development seeks final approval, but faces more delays. St. Louis Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III hoped the board would decide the issue at the July meeting.

72 dogs seized in puppy mill raid

Seventy-two dogs seized from a puppy mill in Mansfield had tumors, eye and skin problems, officials from the Humane Society of Missouri said.

Nixon to discuss tax cut for businesses in Missouri stops

The governor will speak on Thursday in Kirksville, Hannibal and St. Louis County about the plan, which is aimed at helping small businesses make ends meet during the economic downturn.

TIF Commission backs two applications

The city's Tax Increment Financing Commission voted for the applications of The Tiger Hotel and the Tenth and Locust projects. The commission's mayoral appointees voted unanimously for both projects.

Special Business District Board votes to create improvement district petition

The Special Business District Board voted Tuesday to move forward on the process of creating a downtown Community Improvement District.

'Fair tax' advocates to host Saturday rally in Boone County

The Midwest Fair Tax rally is to take place at the Boone County Fairgrounds and is expected to include appearances by legislators, radio personalities and Joe the Plumber.  Its organizers are looking at Missouri as a battleground state for their platform.

UPDATE: Farmers call for end to livestock ID system

Missouri farmers and others throughout the Midwest criticize the USDA's controversial National Animal Identification System, calling it a "costly mistake" and "unnecessary."

UPDATE: Supreme Court to let Chrysler sale go on

And earlier in the day, a bankruptcy judge approved Chysler's plan to terminate 789 dealer franchises.

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