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.

Low Columbia gas prices are a welcome break for drivers

Columbia gas prices averaged $3.10 Thursday, a 42-cent decrease from the 2011 state average.

MU Life Science Business Incubator provides help for biomedical companies

The facility at Discovery Ridge provides a nurturing place for 22 small biomedical companies. 

Disney to make new 'Star Wars' films, buy Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion

The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that the company had bought Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion. Disney plans to make a new trilogy of "Star Wars" films; the first film, "Episode 7," is set to release in 2015. 

Tiger Hotel renovation scheduled to be complete by the end of this year

The owner of the downtown landmark showed its rooms to local media Wednesday.

City Council approves deal with American Airlines for new flights

The city will donate $1.8 million to a fund to protect the airline against losses.

Delta: It's unfair to offer American Airlines revenue guarantee fund

While Mayor Bob McDavid is willing to negotiate with Delta Air Lines Inc., Councilman Gary Kespohl thinks it will be a mistake for Delta if it decides to leave the market.

MFA withdraws rezoning request for Rock Quarry Break Time location

Attorney for MFA Oil says Columbia City Council members were leaning against the idea.

Rock Quarry neighborhood slowly losing battle against development

Residents to fight request for Break Time rezoning at City Council meeting on Monday night.

Officials discuss revenue guarantee for new flights to Chicago, Dallas

The City Council will discuss about four ordinances related to the deal with American Eagle airlines that will add two new flights from Columbia Regional Airport to Chicago and Dallas.

Former Tigers quarterback tells students to "invest"

Chase Daniel returned to MU to discuss how he runs an apparel business while playing professional football.

Mayor announces tentative agreement for new flights to Chicago, Dallas

American Eagle airlines could add new flights to Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport starting in February.

Two Columbia Mall fast-food restaurants reopen following inspection

Stir Fry 88 and Famous Cajun Grill, both located in the food court at Columbia Mall, passed a second inspection from the Health Department on Tuesday.