More food products recalled

The latest list includes candies from Walgreens and cookies and cakes made by Kroger and sold by Gerbes and other stores. Trail mixes and protein bars are also on the list.

Lower interest rates spur mortgage refinancing

Lower interest rates are tempting homeowners to refinance. Some mid-Missourians are seeing the green in savings and, as a result, mortgage lenders are having to pick up the pace to process applicants.

REDI forges alliance to bring in more high-tech jobs

The alliance is between Regional Economic Development Inc. and the Kansas City Area Development Council.

McCaskill slams Wall Street's use of bailout money

Sen. McCaskill chastised Wall Street executives for handing out billions of dollars of federal bailout money for bonuses. McCaskill's compensation plan, which was referred to a Senate committee, would force companies to implement a compensation cap for their employees.

High school opens community grocery store

Seventeen students staff the store and get paid for hours they work after the school day.

UPDATE: Some Little Debbie products join snack food recall

Two kinds of peanut butter crackers will be pulled because of a potential link to a salmonella outbreak. McKee Foods joins Hy-Vee, Kellogg and others in recalling products.

Man with a vision: Physicist brings sight to poor

Joshua Silver hopes to provide eyeglasses to more than a billion people with poor eyesight. The self-adjusting glasses could be a boon for those too poor to afford good eye care.

Unemployment rates: How are they calculated?

The Labor Department contacts 60,000 households to calculate unemployment for the entire work force, which consists of about 154 million Americans.

Butterball to lay off 75 workers in Carthage

The cuts will take effect March 1 by combining two deboning shifts. The high price of corn — its incease blamed on its use for fuel — was cited.

Global economy crashing Indian weddings

In a country known for lavish weddings, some couples are making tough decisions to avoid high costs in a weakened economy.

Don't get used to cheap oil, analysts say

Cuts in exploration and output mean prices are going to climb again, experts say, to the levels the were last summer. And it could happen by 2011 or 2012.

UPDATE: Majority of KC-area nursing homes score below average

A new federal database rating facilities on health inspections, staffing levels and quality of care.

Residents powering homes face insurance problems

They can't get the insurance they're now required to have by the state.

UPDATE: Debt trouble at Lee triggers auditor's warning

The publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other papers said it will  have trouble paying its debt over the next two years because of plunging revenue. The company also said its auditor questioned Lee Enterprises' ability to remain a "going concern" if it can't refinance its loans.

Survey: Recession will worsen in the months ahead

But the Midwest and Plains states are expected to fare better than the nation, a professor who oversaw the survey said.

Group says program benefits industrial farms

The Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment looked at five years of payments from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

Missouri lawmakers look to divert new casino tax money

The use of the projected $130 million annually in new casino taxes figures to spark debate during the legislative session that starts Wednesday — partly because new tax dollars are expected to be scarce.

Missouri court rules against Kansas payday lender

An appeals court in St. Louis has ruled that a Kansas-based payday lender — which does business in Missouri as Quik Cash — can't prevent customers from filing class-action lawsuits over its lending practices.

Grocer sues K.C.-based Dairy Farmers of America

Dairy Farmers of America is accused of buying large amounts of cheese to manipulate dairy prices.

ANALYSIS: Unemployment can aid Missouri construction

Missourians competing for public works contracts can actually benefit from high unemployment rates, thanks to a 1993 law that restricts who can be hired for public construction projects during times of high unemployment.