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.

School board comes out against tax-increment financing

Representatives from the Board of Education plan to vote against the two plans before the Tax Increment Financing Committee at Tuesday's meeting.

UPDATE: Farmers protest livestock ID system in Jefferson City

The agriculture department's town hall meeting brought hundreds of farmers objecting to a National Animal Identification System that registers animals and farms.

U.S. House to consider 'cash for clunkers' plan Tuesday

The House proposal, which is set for a floor vote on Tuesday, is aimed at stimulating car sales, improving the environment and encouraging consumers to purchase more fuel-efficient vehicles. Alternative bills with similar parameters have been proposed in the Senate.

Boston Globe union votes against pay, benefit cuts

In a statement released after the vote, representatives for the Globe said they were disappointed with the outcome and had no "financially viable alternative" but to declare an impasse and impose the deeper wage cut to achieve the necessary savings.

High court delays Chrysler sale to Fiat

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued an order to delay the sale, which Fiat might back out of if the sale is not completed by June 15.