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Young restaurateur makes a go of it in hard times

Brian Coley began in the restaurant business at age 14, washing dishes. Now, the 23-year-old graduate of the MU hotel and restaurant management program is running his own place, Coley's American Bistro, in downtown Columbia.

Administrative hearing set to discuss Missouri grain dealer issues

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has set a hearing where farmers, who lost money when a grain dealer went out of business, will learn how much they can expect to recover.

Business journalism association to move to ASU

The headquarters for a national business journalism professional association is moving  from MU to Arizona State University as part of Arizona's revamping of  its curriculum.

Source: Labor Dept. plans new safety regulations

The Labor Department plans to propose new rules that would protect workers from diacetyl, a chemical used to flavor popcorn, which has been causing severe lung disease as well as other repiratory illnesses.

Working for the perks at Starbucks

James St. John began his office-organizing business, Re:Do, after being laid-off by Starbucks. He returned to work for Starbucks for health benefits.

GM to temporarily close Wentzville plant, 12 others this summer

While the plants experience an annual two-week shutdown in the summer, signaling the changing of the model year, 13 of GM's 22 North American plants will experience a longer shutdown this year to allow them to cut inventory.

Former Athena location to house new nightclub

The owners of a new bar called Memoir want to overcome the location's violent past.

A.G. Edwards CEO from St. Louis dies

Benjamin Edwards III expanded a St. Louis brokerage firm nationally, and was active with the St. Louis United Way and the St. Louis School District.

Biomass boilers: what others are saying

Here's what others are saying about powering with biomass boilers. The MU power plant will be replacing one of its six old boilers with a new biomass boiler, which is expected to be running by 2012.

Orville Redenbacher's business partner dies in Michigan

Charlie Bowman, who helped Orville Redenbacher start two of the best-known popcorn businesses in the U.S., has died.

UPDATE: Ohio joins Missouri in study of truck-only I-70 lanes

Ohio joins Missouri in studying whether a commercial trucks-only lane would increase safety and decrese traffic congestion.

Freeze poses little concern to fruit farmers

Forecast of hard freeze has Missouri fruit industry expecting less damage compared with the devastating freeze of April 2007, according to mid-Missouri growers. Most of the farmers said that the fruit can handle the temperatures that were expected to affect Missouri on Monday night.

Airlines earn higher marks for quality in 2008

A recently released airline quality study shows that performance is on the rise, with the best ratings in four years. Hawaiian was ranked No. 1 overall, with AirTran Airways and Jet Blue close behind.

Salmonella-tainted pistachios prompt widespread recall

Some California roasted pistachio products have traces of salmonella leading to a recall and actions toward tighter food testing laws.

GM CEO Wagoner to step down at White House request

Because of criticism from Capitol Hill, Rick Wagoner will step down from his position of Chairman and CEO at General Motors Corp. Although Wagoner insists on leading the company through the crisis, the White House has requested his immediate resignation.

Detroit newspapers hope fewer days add up to success

Starting Monday, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press will deliver papers on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays but make slimmer issues available in news racks the other days of the week. The papers are two of more than 80 papers — including the Missourian — that have cut issues.

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod mulls selling classical station

But the Synod will not sell its AM station, which broadcasts religious programming.

Missouri, Manitoba water lawsuits combine in same court

The state and the province are suing over different issues.

State water agency to seek $2 million per year for new plan

The new water plan would involve assessing population growth and future demand statewide, determining water-supply capacity for reservoirs, and assigning priorities for water supply in different regions of the state. Missouri last updated its water plan in 2002.

Sex-shop owner waits to hear if he can run for council

John Haltom, who owns sex shops in Missouri and other states, says he should be eligible to run for City Council in Lincoln, Neb.  The county's election is against it, arguing that he has a felony conviction.

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