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New Chamber of Commerce president gets settled in Columbia

Matt McCormick, a Texas native, started as president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 5.

American, US Airways announce $11 billion merger

The combined carrier will be called American Airlines and will be based in Fort Worth, but US Airways CEO Doug Parker will run it.

Airport ceremony will be held to welcome American Airlines

The Chamber of Commerce will host a launch party at 4 p.m. at Columbia Regional Airport.

Board of Adjustment agrees to give North Central distillery a shot

The Board of Adjustment voted unanimously Tuesday to issue a conditional use permit that will allow the operation of a micro distillery in North Central Columbia.

Frontier to add third weekly flight from Columbia to Orlando

The flights to Florida have proved popular since they began in November. The airline will offer them on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning in April.

Columbia businessman Dave Griggs' civic life: 'It's called relationships'

Dave Griggs, a Columbia businessman who has served as county commissioner and REDI chairman, has extensive contacts in Boone County civic life. While many view his advocacy of incentives as altruism, some are wary of his influence.

Tax incentives to lure jobs across Missouri-Kansas border criticized

Good Jobs First, a Washington-based nonprofit, issued a report Thursday criticizing the practice of offering tax incentives to persuade businesses to relocate to new states, including Missouri and Kansas.

Speakers to encourage entrepreneurship at REDI conference at MU

REDI's conference features 10 business success stories to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Lithium batteries central to Boeing's 787 woes

Lithium batteries that can leak corrosive fluid and start fires have emerged as the chief safety concern involving Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.

Debit cards available for Missouri state tax refunds

The Missouri Department of Revenue is making debit cards, which are cheaper than distributing paper checks, an option for tax refunds.

 

After another emergency, FAA grounds Boeing 787 aircraft

The FAA action came on the same day that Japan's two biggest airlines — which fly almost half of the world's 50 787s — voluntarily grounded them pending full safety checks.

Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley pay $557 million in mortgage case

The settlements could compensate Americans whose homes were seized because of abuses such as "robo-signing," when banks automatically signed off on foreclosures without properly reviewing documents.

Otts use tax credits, savvy to restore vitality to Columbia buildings

Business owners say preservationist John Ott is a visionary landlord unafraid to get his hands dirty.

New Polish restaurant to open on Locust Street

A new restaurant called Cafe Poland is opening this week at 807 Locust St., serving up  pierogies, sandwiches and borscht. 

Airport Advisory Board discusses buying land for runway extension

The Columbia Regional Airport's runways must be lengthened and improved for service and safety reasons, said Gregory Cecil, chairman of the Airport Advisory Board.

World markets decline as U.S. nears fiscal cliff

Political budget compromise before New Year's deadline appears unlikely.

After weak holiday season, stores look to after-Christmas sales

Despite the huge discounts and other incentives that stores offered leading up to Christmas, U.S. holiday sales so far this year have been the weakest since 2008.

Airline fees undermine fliers' ability to compare fares

Critics complain that airlines won't provide fee information in a way that makes it handy for consumers trying to find the best deal.

'Fiscal cliff' tax increases, spending cuts would hurt economy gradually

Even if Congress and the White House can't reach a deal on the "fiscal cliff," the higher taxes and lower government spending that would follow would kick in only gradually. A recession is not guaranteed.

With 108 wineries, is Missouri tapped out?

Over the past 10 years, the number of wineries in Missouri and the country has shot up as more Americans decide to embrace a life in wine. An MU researcher is looking into what they need to do to succeed.

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