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.

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.