MU freshman pioneers art-lettering business

Karen Spears, who owns an art business she calls The Korean Pears, creates hand-lettered, colorful, abstract paintings.


Property owners inching toward Community Improvement District on Business Loop

Proponents of the community improvement district say it would use a half-cent sales tax to fund beautification projects on Business Loop 70.

The Broadway hotel set to open downtown on Wednesday

The hotel, a part of the DoubleTree line in the Hilton chain, has 114 rooms, a restaurant and two bars, including one on the roof.

Missouri cities resist legislation that would change control over telecom companies

The bills would set pricing standards and limit local say over utility placement, but companies say the changes are necessary to curb price abuse and expand connectivity.

Dogecoins help send Jamaican bobsled team to Sochi Olympics

Initially conceived as a joke, Portland programmer Billy Markus and Australian marketer Jackson Palmer needed a symbol of philanthropy and jest to exemplify their vision of the Internet.

Warner Baxter to become president, CEO of Ameren

Baxter is a longtime executive at Ameren. He succeeds Thomas Voss, who will retire on July 1.

Columbia antique dealers seek new outlets as The Market Place prepares to close

The Market Place's current space is to be rented out to another tenant within the year.

MFA Oil CEO Jerry Taylor announces retirement

Chief Operating Officer Mark Fenner will take over Sept. 1. MFA Oil owns Break Time gas stations and convenience stores.

Cable merger future-proofs against Internet's rise

As people use more mobile devices and watch more online videos, delivering those Internet services will become increasingly valuable. Now the Internet is the primary reason for hooking up cable and the most profitable for companies.

Post to buy PowerBar, Musashi brands from Nestle

Post hopes to create an active nutrition group, specializing in premium bars, protein powders and other sports nutrition foods.

Columbia looks for way to accommodate downtown development

A proposed downtown taxing district could finance expansion of the electric and sewer systems to make way for pending high-density residential developments.

Postal customers purchase stamps before Sunday price increase

Both stamp prices and shipping costs are set to increase Sunday. Stamps will cost 49 cents, and shipping costs will rise by 2.4 percent.

Kostaki's Pizzeria adds east-side location

Kostaki's Pizzeria will open a new location in the Lazer Lanes building on Grindstone Parkway and will expand its current delivery area.

Express Scripts names Wal-Mart executive as CFO

The St. Louis company said Cathy R. Smith, 50, also will serve as executive vice president and will start her new job Feb. 10.

First Missouri Zaxby's restaurants open in Columbia

Zaxby's, a southern style chicken restaurant, opened two locations Monday in Columbia. There are more than 595 locations in 14 states. 

More than 1 million losing unemployment benefits Saturday

For families dependent on cash assistance, the end of the federal government's "emergency unemployment compensation" will mean some difficult belt-tightening as enrollees lose their average monthly stipend of $1,166.

With help of father, son revitalizes Wren family cobbling business

Three years after first closing Wren's Shoe Repair, Lucas Wren has re-opened the community favorite.


A temporary 6 percent increase for first-class mail will take effect Jan. 26

The increase is temporary, lasting for two years, in order to help the U.S. Postal Service recoup losses suffered during the recent recession.

Newsy sold to E.W. Scripps for $35 million

Newsy was founded in Columbia in 2008. Students at the MU School of Journalism work there for course credit.

Cyber Monday draws $1.74B billion holiday dollars

Cyber Monday shopping rose 18 percent from last year's $1.74 billion, making Monday the top online spending day since 2001.