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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.

Chamber of Commerce bids goodbye to outgoing president

Friends and colleagues helped Don Laird celebrate his contributions to the Chamber of Commerce at a reception in his honor.

For busy pet owners, Dog Daze gives canines exercise, training

Owners can take their dogs to the cage-free facility before they head to work and pick them up afterward.

REDI board votes to end effort for Columbia EEZs

The Regional Economic Development Inc. Board of Directors voted Wednesday to ask the Columbia City Council to rescind an ordinance that established the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advisory Board.

'Fiscal cliff' could affect Missouri economy, budget

The Federal Funds Information for States anticipates that if lawmakers in Washington do not compromise on averting the "fiscal cliff," Missouri could lose $125 million in federal funding, and the state's defense spending cuts could total over $1 billion.

New Cape Girardeau casino brings in $5.4 million

The new Isle Casino Cape Girardeau brought $5.4 million in its first full month of operation.

Apple to produce line of Macs in U.S. next year

According to comments aired Thursday from Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple will move production of one of its existing lines of Mac computers to the United States next year.

Brothers began egg business with six chickens, now supply MU dining halls

Dustin and Austin Stanton, only 16 and 20, became successful entrepreneurs after starting an egg business with six baby chicks they received from an uncle. They now supply their eggs to various places including Hy-Vee stores and MU's dining facilities.

Columbia residents shop downtown to support Small Business Saturday

Columbia residents who supported Small Business Saturday enjoyed shopping  downtown for local businesses' unique products that chain stores don't carry.

Black Friday begins early for Columbia shoppers

Big-box stores opened for Black Friday as early as 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night, and Columbia shoppers lined up for deals and to begin their holiday shopping.

Local businesses not too concerned with Black Friday competition

Local business owners say its their unique products and clientele bases that set them apart from the big chain stores.

Former DocX executive makes plea deals in mortgage robo-signing fraud

Lorraine Brown will plead guilty to felony forgery in Boone County and faces two to three years in prison. She already has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in Florida.

Boone County National Bank recognizes employees with prestigious awards

Thompson, Gaddy, Limback and Lusby recognized during annual ceremony.

Monthly home sales in Columbia at a five-year high

Monthly home sales for October 2012 were the best in the last five years, with total sales reaching 117 units, according to the Columbia Board of Realtors.

 

 

Hostess says talks to stave off shutdown fail

The maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second biggest union.

Dispute continues between Centerstate TDD, Menards over collecting sales tax

Menards didn't collect an extra half-cent sales tax for Centerstate TDD during its first six months of operation in 2009. The company has been asked to pay an estimated $50,000 to $70,000, plus penalties and interest, but it has refused to do so.

Columbia tobacco store struggles after change in tobacco rolling law

Bruce Hendren, owner of Columbia tobacco shop Roll On, said a change in federal law regarding roll-your-own cigarette machines has crippled his business.

 

Delta rejects city offer for revenue guarantee, will discontinue service in February

The city sent Deltaan offer of a $3 million guarantee spread over two years starting in 2014, a waiver of landing fees and an unspecified "advertising component." The airline turned down the offer in a phone call this morning.

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