$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.

Pack your bags: All you need to hit the roads, rails and trails of Missouri

Missourian reporters scoured the state for the best trips we could find at a fair price.  We hope our readers find something worthwhile among the stories in this travel guide.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers pass economic development bill, end session

The bill expands tax incentives for Missouri businesses, while it imposes new restrictions on some tax credits, letting Republicans and Democrats claim success.

GM eliminating about 1,100 dealerships

Most GM dealers in Columbia say they have yet to hear if they've been cut.

Chrysler plans to eliminate partnership with Columbia dealership, filing says

Chrysler has identified 27 Missouri dealerships it expects to eliminate, including Dodge City Motors in Columbia.

Judge blocks automatic calls suspected of car warranty sales pitches

The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against two companies, asking a judge to stop as many as 1 billion random calls. Officials say the calls target consumers indiscriminately and misrepresent service agreements for car warranties.

Agricultural credit tightened during 1Q, Federal Reserve Bank says

Turbulent agricultural conditions in the Midwest contributed to the tightened farm credit, the agency said.