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Economy

Obama discusses biofuels with Macon ethanol workers

At the POET Biorefining ethanol plant east of Macon, President Barack Obama spoke to workers about the future of biofuels.

Tax credit confusion could affect filing, returns

As the tax deadline approaches, a MU Extension associate asks one question: Are you taking full advantage of the available tax credits?

STIMULUS WATCH: Minority firms are not receiving fair amount of stimulus money

In Missouri, like with the rest of the country, minority companies have not been receiving an equitable amount of stimulus money, creating an ever-widening gap.

First State Community Bank to purchase Premier

Jefferson City-based Premier Bank is planning to sell its three Columbia branches.

Missouri unemployment rate fell slightly in January

Missouri's unemployment rate droped to 9.5 percent while the nation's average for January was 9.7 percent.

Plane attack on IRS building extreme example of tax protest

Joseph Stack, the man who flew a plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, was one of many people who believe tax laws do not apply to them and are unconstitutional.

Columbia shop sells fair trade chocolate for Valentine's Day

Some Columbia merchants are encouraging people to think fair trade when buying chocolate for Valentine's Day. Others say the fair trade movement has its drawbacks.

Clean Energy Panel hopes to inform, instill action in students

Unofficial student organization Coal Free Mizzou hosted a panel to discuss MU's energy goals Wednesday night.

First-time claims for unemployment benefits rises unexpectedly

New claims for unemployment benefits rose by 8,000 last week, the fourth rise in the past five weeks. The figure is the highest it has been in two months, and many employers have plans to make more lay-offs.

UPDATE: Columbia's cost of living beats national average

Columbia's cost of living is 8.9 percent below the national average, making it one of the least expensive places to live, Chamber of Commerce says.

Grants announced for development of high-speed rail connecting the Midwest

The Obama administration has announced a grant of $1.1 billion for the development of a high-speed rail for faster travel between Chicago and St. Louis. Another grant of $31 million will fund upgrades for rail travel between St. Louis and Kansas City. The project is expected to improve service and create jobs.

Columbia's cost of living below national average

Columbia's cost of living is 8.9 percent below the national average, according to the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association.

Live Nation, Ticketmaster merge after approval

The deal, which was approved by the U.S. Justice Department as well as Canadian regulators and 17 state attorneys general, must still be approved by a U.S. federal court before it is official.

Nixon defends state job cuts during Columbia visit

Gov. Jay Nixon stopped in Columbia to reiterate his plan for creating jobs in Missouri a day after delivering his State of the State address.

Post-Dispatch publisher Lee Enterprises sees profit, improving ad trend

For the most recent quarter, Lee said it earned $27.9 million, or 62 cents per share. It lost $48.7 million, or $1.10 per share, a year earlier.

Local artists paint barrels for water conservation awareness

Missouri River Communities Network recently chose local artists for the second annual Rain Barrel Art Review, which will be held on March 19. Artists will paint water conservation themed designs on rain barrels that will be displayed in downtown Columbia. The top three designs are going to be auctioned off.

Applications for Salvation Army bell ringers increase because of economy

Over 200 people in mid-Missouri applied to be bell ringers for the Salvation Army this season, which Maj. Kendall Matthews, regional coordinator for the Salvation Army attributes to the slow economy.

Black Friday shoppers cold but satisfied

Temperatures hovered right around freezing for shoppers who stayed up all night to be first in line for discounts.

Couple begins business to help seniors downsize, relocate

Mickey and Ralph Havener had plenty of experience helping seniors make the transition to smaller living spaces when they decided to open their business.

Bankruptcy filings up by 23 percent in Missouri

The increase in filings means the state ranks 14th in the nation for the number of filings per capita.

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