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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.

Judge orders revocation of hog farm permit near Arrow Rock

The permit was set to expire on Saturday anyway and the owner had apparently lost interest in the project, but the 16-page ruling could have far broader implications for CAFOs in Missouri, the director of the Department of Natural Resources said.

Something's in the air in Carthage — and it's stinky

The mayor of the city, which has been plagued by bad smells from its plants, said the state needs to develop stricter rules for investigating and enforcing odor problems.

Embarq to drop 500 to 700 jobs

The nation's fourth-largest traditional telephone company said it was making those cuts and more to cope with the loss of business as more people drop landline phones for wireless and Internet phone services.

Nuke weapons plant in KC to be rebid

A second attempt will be made to find a developer for the $500 million weapons plant after the first round of proposals were considered too expensive. It's considered a second chance to keep the plant and its 2,1oo jobs in Kansas City.

Race newspaper suspends publication so it can expand

RiseUp, based in Kansas City, says it will halt publishing for two months so it can prepare to nearly double its circulation to 7 million.

Report fails to identify firms with workers on Medicaid

Missouri's social services agency was supposed to produce a list of employers who had a significant number of employees on Medicaid, but the agency said it couldn't name names.

Springfield News-Leader to lay off 5

The job cuts are part of corporate owner Gannett's plan to eliminate 1,000 jobs nationwide.

UPDATE: Class-action status denied for biotech rice suit

Hundreds of farmers had sought to consolidate their lawsuits against Bayer CropScience over the accidental release of experimental genetically engineered rice into the food supply.

St. Louis workers protest at Chrysler HQ

Workers are angered by Chrysler's plan to close a minivan plant in Fenton on Oct. 31 and to remove a shift from a separate Fenton truck plant in September.

World champion soybean grower spills beans on success

Missouri's Kip Cullers shows how extra seed, daily watering and a lot of chicken manure can make a big difference in yields.

Bidding starts anew for Air Force tanker contract

At stake  is a $35 billion deal and thousands of jobs.

Anheuser-Busch laptops stolen; staff info taken, too

All the personal information was password-protected and encrypted, the company said, but it would not say how many people are affected or when the theft occured.

Wachovia posts $8.9B loss for 2nd quarter

Wachovia Corp. lost a staggering $8.9 billion in the second quarter of this year, leading the nation’s fourth-largest bank to cut its dividend and slash 6,350 jobs in response to mortgage-related losses.

CoxHealth to pay $60M to settle claims it paid doctors kickbacks

The payments to the government will also settle claims that the Springfield-based health care system billed Medicare for costs not allowed under federal laws. CoxHealth is not admitting any wrongdoing in the settlement.

Hyatt supports memorial for walkway collapse

A group seeking to build a memorial nearly 30 years after two walkways collapsed at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center is receiving support from the hotel.

State jobless rate fell in June; number of jobs slid, too

The June unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent, down from a three-year high of 6 percent a month earlier. Missouri also lost 1,900 jobs.

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