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Chrysler plans to eliminate partnership with Columbia dealership, filing says

Chrysler has identified 27 Missouri dealerships it expects to eliminate, including Dodge City Motors in Columbia.

Judge blocks automatic calls suspected of car warranty sales pitches

The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against two companies, asking a judge to stop as many as 1 billion random calls. Officials say the calls target consumers indiscriminately and misrepresent service agreements for car warranties.

Agricultural credit tightened during 1Q, Federal Reserve Bank says

Turbulent agricultural conditions in the Midwest contributed to the tightened farm credit, the agency said.

Boundary talks slow downtown improvement district plans

Efforts to create a community improvement district in downtown Columbia have slowed amid questions about where the boundaries for such a district would lie.

Missouri House debating health care expansion

The plan could expand government-subsiodized health care for low-income Missourians who have trouble getting insurance.

Legislators OK fire safety measure for long-term care facilities

Legislation on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon would allow inpectors from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to conduct fire safety checks in addition to the Missouri fire marshal's office.

Probe sought into phone spam companies selling vehicle warranties

A lot of these companies are based in the St. Louis area. The St. Louis Better Business Bureau receives numerous complaints about the companies every month.

Source says two reps of health care industry to offer $2T savings plan

Health care industry groups are proposing a deal to Obama officials on Monday to offer nearly $2 trillion in cost reductions over 10 years in hopes of avoiding a government health plan that would directly compete with them, a source said.

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.

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