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Economist: Midwest recession to rival that of 1981-82 for unemployment

The economic recession in Mid-America will rival the 1981-82 recession for unemployment, according to professor Ernie Goss of Creighton University. The primary index from his Mid-America Economic Survey, which includes Missouri, has plunged to its second record low in as many months. The November index hit 37.8 in November, down 2.1 percentage points from October.

Business up for electric car conversions

While the economy tanks and new car sales drop, the market for electric vehicle conversions has shown signs of growth.

ANALYSIS: Bad news is trickling in from across the nation: The commercial real estate market is facing a meltdown

Even as the holiday shopping season begins in full swing, the same events poisoning the housing market are now at work on commercial properties, and the bad news is trickling in. Malls from Michigan to Georgia are entering foreclosure. That pace is expected to quicken. The number of late payments and defaults will double, if not triple, by the end of next year, according to analysts from Fitch Ratings Ltd., which evaluates companies’ credit.

First National Bank to change name to Landmark Bank

First National Bank & Trust Company of Columbia, First National Bank in Southern Missouri and Landmark Bank in Oklahoma and Texas will be combined into a single organization called Landmark Bank, the Landrum Company announced.

Dana Corp. to lay off 50 workers in Columbia

The lay offs will eliminate 20 percent of the plant's workforce.

ANALYSIS: Government decides Citigroup too big to fail

The government has decided that guaranteeing hundreds of billions of dollars in possible losses and injecting $20 billion more into Citi trumps the alternative — a panic that could leave retirement accounts and investment portfolios of millions of ordinary Americans in tatters and shove more people out of jobs.

Struggling homeowners might qualify for payment reductions

Citigroup assets that have new government backings could help borrowers who need assistance.

The split is mutual: Tiger Woods will no longer endorse GM

After nine years, GM is ready to free up money, and Tiger Woods wants to spend more time with the family.

Washington busy spending lots and lots of money

Even with Obama's newly announced stimulus plan, the national debt will continue to rise in the next year.

Regulators consider bailout for Citigroup

The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve have discussed over the weekend about devising a strategy to stabilize Citigroup, according to people familiar with the talks.

Gasoline prices fall to lowest level in more than 3 years

The average price dropped below two bucks a gallon nationwide.

Scarcity of ethanol stations plagues federal alternative-fuel fleet

Despite billions of dollars invested in it, the federal initiative to move away from fossil fuels has encountered its greatest problems in the lack of alternative fuel stations where they have placed fleets, a Washington Post analysis finds.

Investor fears remain deep despite one-day rally

"You can almost hear people yelling, 'Get me out at any price,'" said Al Goodman, chief market strategist at Wachovia Securities. "It’s the highest level of fear and depression in my 45 years as a student of the market."

Betty James, who co-founded Slinky company, dies at 90

Her company made the Slinky toy, which has sold hundreds of millions worldwide and for which James was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

Industry leaders question Obama's commitment to clean-coal technology

Leaders in the U.S. coal industry say they've received mixed messages about President-elect Barack Obama's support for coal-fired power.

Saudi royals spending boosts economy near Mayo Clinic

City officials say Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz arrived  at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for a checkup and brought five princes and hundreds of others. He left behind lots of money.

From vineyard to table: Researchers try to elevate Missouri's wine industry

The MU Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture and Enology is spearheading research that could spur a Missouri wine renaissance and put the growing industry on the global map.

St. Louis bids farewell to local brewer ownership

St. Louis locals are being gripped by the Anheuser-Busch brewery takeover. The $52 billion Belgium-based InBev buyout of the firm closed Tuesday. 

Big trouble for small casinos, industry head says

Casino companies are all grappling with the rough economy, but smaller operators might be less likely to survive, the American Gaming Association's leader said Tuesday at a conference.

Chicago publisher faces wave of resignations

A handful of top executives at Sun-Times Media leave after major shareholders call for new direction.

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