Sedalia businessman accused of embezzling nearly $86,000

Raymond A. Potts, owner of Potts Contracting Group Inc., is charged with failing to pay the money to his company's employee pension benefit plan.

Moser Discount Foods to open northside store by December

Roger Moser said excavation has already started on a 3.5-acre lot at the intersection of Range Line Street and Brown School Road.

Potential contractor gets OK to begin work on Mo. bridge repair project

No contract has been awarded, but to speed things up, state transportation officials have given approval for a potential contractor to begin the engineering work on the project to repair 802 bridges.

Web site aims to block Anheuser-Busch takeover encourages visitors to contact elected officials and Anheuser-Busch shareholders to discourage the takeover of the company by Belgium-based brewer InBev. The Web site claims to have more than 18,000 signatures on its online petition.

Missouri firm caught in legal battle over rodeo bull's semen

A Texas ranch says sperm from the bull, named Mommas Boy, was illegally taken in the 13 days between the time the bull was bought and delivered.

Crosscreek Center development hearing postponed

The Planning and Zoning Commission has rescheduled to June 19 a public hearing concerning plans for Crosscreek Center.

Food group plans to lead campaign against crop-based fuels

The Grocery Manufacturers Association plans a high-profile campaign against biofuels, saying they're a key reason for rising food costs. That campaign will bring together diverse groups such as hunger-prevention advocates and environmental activists.

St. Louis residents worry about possible Anheuser-Busch buyout

Reports that Angeuser-Busch might be purchased by Belgium-based brewer InBev have St. Louis residents worried they might lose a company as closely identified with their city as the Gateway Arch.

Regulators probing milk price manipulation

Federal commodity regulators are investigating whether the farmer-owned dairy cooperative that controls about a third of the nation’s milk supply engaged in a price manipulation scheme, a spokeswoman for the group said Monday.

Forecasters see weak economy even if housing, credit improve

Economic forecasters say the worst of the painful housing slump and the credit crunch might come to an end this year, but they expect the economy will weaken further and unemployment will rise.

That’s the latest outlook from forecasters in a survey to be released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics.

Ethics questions raised over lawmakers getting biofuel tax credits

The intermingling of personal and official actions involving biofuels has led to a backlash at the Missouri Capitol.

Bush in St. Louis: 'This economy is going to come on'

After months of talking about the economy's resilience, President Bush was able to pivot his latest pep talk off some encouraging signs — at least relative to the gloomy indicators of late.

Bill to reverse tax increase on nonresidents gets OK from lawmakers

The increase put Missouri at odds with Kansas, where officials threatened to retaliate by raising taxes on Missourians who commute there to work.

New lawn-cutting business goes green

Robert Johnson is the owner of Green Team Lawn Care, a new service in Columbia that uses not one drop of fossil fuels by relying on manpower instead of horsepower.

Tax Day is Tuesday

April 15 is the last day to file tax returns for 2008.

Village Wine and Cheese Restaurant closes

After seven years, the Village Wine and Cheese Restaurant closed because of “marginal operations.”

On the Job: Landscape architect

Steve Saitta’s (pronounced Say-tah) transportation to work, a muddy mountain bike, leans against a map-covered wall of his office. On the opposite wall is a photomontage of Saitta’s life: old school pictures of his two now-grown sons, postcards of Arizona and Wisconsin, pictures of his family on vacation and nature photography. For the past 34 years, Saitta has been helping Columbia residents through his work as a landscape architect and park planner for the city. With the weather warming up, people are spending more time outdoors in the playscapes he creates.­

Longtime Columbia developer dies

Robert “Bob” LeMone died Monday in his home, surrounded by family. He was 65.

Biofuels to keep the price of grains high in 2008

The consumer price index for food is expected to rise an additional 3.7 percent this year.

Columbia drivers deal with rising gas prices

The cost of gas Sunday was $2.99 all across Columbia, 78 cents above the price one year ago.