MFA Oil might cut transport division

The transport division, which employs 35 people and has been profitable for the past few years, will reach the end of its contract on August 31 and MFA Oil might not renew the contract.

New U.S. jobless claims fall to lowest level since January

While the unemployement rate continues to rise, the number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for unemployment insurance fell last week by 52,000.

Boone Hospital Center jobs event draws 181 people

A jobrecruitment event Tuesday brought people to the Hampton Inn and Suites Columbia. They were seeking to land one of 20 patient care associate positions.

MU Extension workshop to tackle issue of pasturing cows

The practice, which is often used as a cheaper alternative to feeding cows in centralized facilities, now includes nearly 20,000 cows on Missouri-based pasture dairies.

Pickens' energy campaign marches on despite obstacles

T. Boone Pickens, who visited MU in the spring, is still touting his clean energy initiative across the country, but slumping energy prices are proving less of an incentive for Americans to buy into it.

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.