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Parents press states for autism insurance laws

If autism advocates get their way, more states will follow Indiana's lead by requiring health insurers to cover intensive and costly behavior therapy for autism.

Republican firm ran 'stealth lobbying campaign' for Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac secretly paid the firm, DCI of Washington, $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and cut the mortagage finance giant and Fannie Mae three years before the government took them over. Two of the targeted senators were Kit Bond and Jim Talent from Missouri.

Great harvest, poor prices

A farming season that once appeared to be doomed by the weather has turned out pretty well for Midwest soybean and corn crops.

GM-Chrysler talks gain momentum and fears grow

Thousands of workers — and the businesses that depend on them — are concerned about what a merger between the two auto giants might mean to them.

Wall Street takes another heavy blow: Dow down by 733

The announcement of a large decline in retail sales coincided with a daylong stock market sell-off. The 733-point loss is the second-worst in history for the Dow Jones industrial average, which ended Wednesday down nearly 8 percent — its steepest drop since one week after Black Monday in 1987.

InBev delays share issue until markets calm

InBev's takeover of Anheuser-Busch is still in the works amid the recent credit crunch. Even during the downturn in financial markets, the Belgium  company said plans are on task to create the world's largest brewer of beers.

Apple reveals new laptops

The price of Apple's least expensive MacBook was reduced to $999.

New Fair Trade store to open downtown

Mustard Seed, a Fair Trade store in downtown Columbia, will open next week but will not sell coffee.

 

 

MoDOT gets $3.3M grant to build new rail track

The money, combined with $5 million already set aside, will be used to build two "sidings" that will allow two trains headed in opposite directions to pass each other.

InBev shareholders approve Anheuser-Busch deal

Anheuser-Busch has not yet set a date for its shareholders to vote on the deal.

UPDATE: Bailout deal breaks down; talks to resume Friday

Talks to revive an economic rescue plan will restart Friday. Negotiators thought they had an agreement at midday Thursday, but it fell apart before the end of the day when conservatives complained the plan was too costly and too intrusive into private business.

Bailout deal breaks down; Paulson, Bernanke back to Capitol

Hours after an agreement on a $700 billion rescue plan was announced, it became clear that the deal had fallen apart. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke have rushed back to Capitol Hill to try to salvage their proposal.

JPMorgan Chase buys WaMu assets after FDIC seizure

The deal, which cost JPMorgan Chase $1.9 billion, is the bank's second takeover of a major financial institution wracked by bad bets in the mortgage market. Washington Mututal's failure was the largest ever by a U.S. bank.

Hurricane Ike, other factors drive gasoline prices

Experts expect gradual decline over the next several days but a rise during the transition to winter fuel product.

U.S. economic woes trickle into foreign markets

The reverberations of the U.S. credit crunch are starting to impact the confidence of investors across the world including in Europe and Asia.

Fortune magazine senior editor returns to MU

Carol Loomis, an MU alumna and senior editor-at-large for Fortune magazine, returned for the Journalism School's centennial to participate in a discussion about how magazines and newspapers need to change to survive in a digital world.

 

 

New software aims to root out media bias

A former Microsoft executive has created a new user-driven Web tool that he says will help consumers track media spin. He unveiled the product at the centennial celebration of the MU School of Journalism.

Twinkie maker gets more time to reorganize

A judge has given Interstate Bakeries, the Kansas City-based makers of Hostess Twinkies, an additional four months to work out a new plan to get out of bankruptcy.

Clean energy initiative makes ballot

Voters will get a chance to decide whether investor-owned utilities must boost their use of renewable energy sources.

Missourian will seek bids for partner

The paper was in talks with the Columbia Daily Tribune to turn the Missourian into a five-day-a-week product. But then the owner of the Jefferson City News-Tribune said it wanted to bid on the project. Now others will get a chance to bid, too.

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