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Airlines in endless quest for better boarding

Researchers speculate that every minute waiting at the gate could cost airlines as much as $30.

Ice pop vendor seeks inspiration south of the border

Maroua Jawadi will be traveling to Mexico to learn from experts on Latin American ice pops called paletas.

Downtown Leadership Council weighs in on proposed CVS drugstore

Some members of the Downtown Columbia Leadership Council have raised concerns about CVS's plan to build a drive-thru pharmacy at Providence Road and Broadway.

Food safety, farm groups oppose Smithfield sale

Coalition members say the deal could weaken domestic food safety, cause economic damage in rural communities and harm national security.

CVS presents plan for new downtown Columbia store

At a public information meeting Tuesday evening, CVS proposed a zoning change to allow a new store at the intersection of Providence Road and Broadway in downtown Columbia. 

After hiatus, Twinkies return to Columbia stores

Twinkies and other Hostess snacks have returned after a hiatus caused by bankruptcy.

Walmart on Campus to open at the Lofts near MU

Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2014, the Walmart on Campus store will offer groceries, convenience items and health and beauty products. 

Columbia's EternoGen prepares to sell longer-lasting collagen in Europe, Asia

Chief Commercialization Officer Anna Lundvall said there isn’t any collagen with nanotechnology on the market now, which gives EternoGen a chance to break in.

GM announces another expansion in Wentzville

The $133 million expansion calls for GM to build a new 114,000-square-foot stamping press. Construction will begin in July and the press is expected to be operational by early 2015.

Residents divided over downtown Columbia housing, despite business benefits

The proliferation of student apartments boosts traffic for many businesses, but some residents worry it's too much, too quickly.

Express Scripts adding jobs in deal relying on Missouri tax breaks

Express Scripts confirmed reports that the company plans to add 1,500 jobs at its headquarters near the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The deal is contingent upon tax incentives from St. Louis County and the state.

Missouri jobless rate climbs despite payroll gains

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Missouri's April unemployment was 6.6 percent.

In Harrisburg barbecue joint, friends find success in unlikely place

When two friends threw away the recipe books and started their own barbecue tradition in Harrisburg, they had no idea what would happen. Their success has exceeded their dreams by a country mile.

Federal Reserve suggests it's closer to slowing bond purchases

The Fed's bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates at record lows. A pullback in the Fed's purchases would likely lead to higher rates on mortgages and other consumer and business loans.

World Food Prize goes to Monsanto executive, 2 other biotech scientists

Robert Fraley, chief technology officer at Monsanto, genetically engineered the first herbicide-resistant soybean in 1996. The prize is backed by Monsanto and other agribusiness giants.

Broadway hotel, Short Street projects expected to finish by September

Downtown business owners have had to cope with construction of a new hotel at the east end of Broadway. Despite the short-term issues, business owners are optimistic about the traffic it will bring to the area. 

Wake-up call: Starbucks to post calorie counts on menus

Starbucks Corp. and other large fast food chains are posting calorie information on menus before a new Food and Drug Administration regulation takes effect June 25.

Layoffs at Columbia IBM facility could lead to reduction in tax incentives

Under one of several state tax incentives from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, IBM was required to create 600 jobs within three years.

IBM restructuring leads to layoffs nationwide, as well as in Columbia

Reports indicate some Columbia workers have lost their jobs.

Monsanto calls modified wheat an isolated occurrence

Representatives for St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. said during a conference call that the emergence of the genetically modified strain was an isolated occurrence.

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