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Laid-off software engineer offers 'cheap therapy' and chance to break stuff

Customers of Smash-N-Shatter can break shot glasses, plates or bring their own breakable items.

Missouri Supreme Court says car dealership owes taxes

The Supreme Court upheld a ruling from last year that found a Missouri car dealership owed $82,000 in back taxes and interest for not paying Missouri's corporate income tax on vehicles sold to residents of other states.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers require fire-safe cigarettes

Legislation requiring that cigarettes be self-extinguishing is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Missouri House passes 10-day eviction notice legislation

Legislation passed by the Missouri House would require new owners of foreclosed properties to give current tenants 10 business days' warning before evicting them.

Missouri House OKs bill meant to ease road-contracting process

The bill would allow design and construction contracts to be rolled into one contract, possibly saving the state money.

Court restores $17M verdict in auto parts case

Ford faces new trial in Missouri trooper's death

The Missouri Supreme Court granted a retrial Tuesday in the case of a state trooper who died in his Ford Crown Victoria after it exploded in a crash.

Missouri gets last grant installment for laid off autoworkers

The U.S. Labor Department gave Missouri more than $770,000 Tuesday as the final installment of a grant meant to help employees recently laid off by the auto industry. The grant, approved April 2008, amounts to just over $1.73 million.

Archer Daniels Midland's third-quarter profit drops 98 percent

The Decatur, Ill.-based company said its profit fell to $8 million, or a penny per share, in the three months ending March 31.

Loyalists, bargain hunters, skeptics look to buy Chrysler vehicles

After filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, Chrysler hopes to reemerge within 30 days. The car company has had a range of shoppers, some of whom are encouraged by President Barack Obama's pledge the government will back warranties issued by the company.

Workplaces behind schools in swine flu prevention plans

A survey found that more than half of 300 workplaces had plans for a pandemic.

Chrysler expected to sell assets to Fiat

The St. Louis North plant would close under the plan, but a company spokeswoman said employees would be offered jobs at another location.

Transportation districts collect your money with little oversight

$8.4 million has been collected by transportation districts through added sales tax over the past three years. But all the money doesn't go to road projects.

Young restaurateur makes a go of it in hard times

Brian Coley began in the restaurant business at age 14, washing dishes. Now, the 23-year-old graduate of the MU hotel and restaurant management program is running his own place, Coley's American Bistro, in downtown Columbia.

Administrative hearing set to discuss Missouri grain dealer issues

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has set a hearing where farmers, who lost money when a grain dealer went out of business, will learn how much they can expect to recover.

Business journalism association to move to ASU

The headquarters for a national business journalism professional association is moving  from MU to Arizona State University as part of Arizona's revamping of  its curriculum.

Source: Labor Dept. plans new safety regulations

The Labor Department plans to propose new rules that would protect workers from diacetyl, a chemical used to flavor popcorn, which has been causing severe lung disease as well as other repiratory illnesses.

Working for the perks at Starbucks

James St. John began his office-organizing business, Re:Do, after being laid-off by Starbucks. He returned to work for Starbucks for health benefits.

GM to temporarily close Wentzville plant, 12 others this summer

While the plants experience an annual two-week shutdown in the summer, signaling the changing of the model year, 13 of GM's 22 North American plants will experience a longer shutdown this year to allow them to cut inventory.

Former Athena location to house new nightclub

The owners of a new bar called Memoir want to overcome the location's violent past.

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