Water and Light rebate plan could save utility costs

The city offers rebate programs for those who wish to make their building more energy-efficient. Water and Light will add nearly $1 million toward general improvements and increased incentives on top of its $1.4 million already in use.

Some workers work harder with layoffs looming

The increased possibility of being laid off has caused some workers to secure their jobs by taking on more duties and longer hours.

Boone County Commission unanimously approves Route Z rezoning

The classification of the area was changed from agricultural to light industrial in the hopes of attracting businesses to the region. While local business leaders, such as the Columbia Area Jobs Foundation, supported the measure, area residents expressed concern over the change for a variety of reasons.

ANALYSIS: Obama eager to relinquish control after GM recovers

Although President Barack Obama declares he has no interest in running GM, letting go of the reins may prove difficult.

House GOP opposing new line of credit for IMF; bill includes Boeing cargo planes

House Republicans are set to oppose a $98.8 billion war-funding bill that includes money for eight cargo planes, a top priority of the Boeing Co.

GM files for bankruptcy, causes local economy concern

Columbia customers and car dealers ponder the economic consequences of GM's recent file for bankruptcy, the fourth-largest in U.S. history.

$2 million in loans now available to Missouri small businesses

Owners of Missouri small businesses with five or fewer employees are eligible for between $2,500 and $25,000.

GM plants in Missouri and Kansas evade closure

General Motors declared bankruptcy Monday, but the company will not close plants in Kansas City, Kan., and Wentzville.

Court denies Monsanto injunction on German ban

Last month, the sale and planting of the genetically engineered corn was banned after Agriculture Minister Isle Aigner cited a study that the corn poses an environmental danger.

Developer resubmits Richland Road proposal

After completing an initial draft of a development agreement, David Atkins' Richland Road development proposal is beginning the annexation process once again.

Legislation would clamp down on TDDs

Proposed legislation requiring TDDs to be overseen by the state revenue department is likely to be passed, but its details are still under scrutiny.

Global milk glut squeezes dairy farmers, consumers

After the global recession, U.S. farmers were left with too much milk and too many cows. Many are still paying more to maintain a herd than they are paid by processors for their raw milk.

Columbia commission approves Farmers' Market Pavilion

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved Sustainable Farmers & Communities Inc.'s development plans for an "eco-friendly" Farmers' Market Pavilion. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the plans June 15.

Commission OKs plans for addition to Warren Funeral Chapel building

The Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a request by Millard Family Investments to add a 2,508-square-foot addition to the Warren Funeral Chapelbuilding .Millard Family Investments bought the building at the end of March.

EU wine spat threatens to put a cork in US exports

The EU is cracking down on the language U.S. wineries may use on their labels, bottling up sales at a time when they had been growing.

Banks in 11 Midwest and Plains states report improvements

Some Midwest and Plains banks appear to be gaining confidence , according to the Rural Mainstreet Index, which reported its highest numbers since September on Thursday.

3 plead guilty in Kansas City-area mortgage scam

The three men were among nine defendants to plead guilty in the scheme involving homes in Raymore and Lee's Summit.

Recalls for bicycle frames, suspension forks

Norco bicycle frames and bikes with JD suspension forks are being recalled.

Senate OKs credit card bill aimed at restructuring lender practices

The House could pass the measure as early as Wednesday. It is intended to give credit card companies a nine-month window in which to change the way they do business, including by allowing consumers to pay bills online or by phone without added fees.

Recalled products this week include toy chairs, face paint, candles

Rocking bassinets, folding bicycles, composite decks and batteries for Hewlett-Packard notebook computers are also being recalled.