With high premiums and the economic downturn pushing customers away, and with many of the nation's baby boomers preparing to switch over to Medicare, the U.S. health insurance industry is looking for new ways to stay profitable.
City Manager Bill Watkins' presentation on economic development stressed the need for coordination to avoid missing opportunities to attract new jobs.
The increased possibility of being laid off has caused some workers to secure their jobs by taking on more duties and longer hours.
Some city departments could lose almost half of their managers to retirement in the next five years.
The classification of the area was changed from agricultural to light industrial in the hopes of attracting businesses to the region. While local business leaders, such as the Columbia Area Jobs Foundation, supported the measure, area residents expressed concern over the change for a variety of reasons.
House Republicans are set to oppose a $98.8 billion war-funding bill that includes money for eight cargo planes, a top priority of the Boeing Co.
J. Mike Brooks was appointed Columbia's first economic development director on Monday; the current president and chief executive of the Indiana Health Industry Forum will officially take the position on July 15.
Columbia customers and car dealers ponder the economic consequences of GM's recent file for bankruptcy, the fourth-largest in U.S. history.
The economic downturn causes couples to re-evaluate the cost of divorce. For some, this means staying under the same roof.
The state unemployment rate decreased six-tenths of a point from March to 8.1. percent, but Missouri still reported less than the usual seasonal gains expected in April.
Dubbed the "fair tax" by one legislator, the consumption tax has garnered criticism from another legislator as being "not sound."
The state will be able to offer an additional $30 million in tax credits once the governor signs the authorizing legislation.
The bill expands tax incentives for Missouri businesses, while it imposes new restrictions on some tax credits, letting Republicans and Democrats claim success.
Most GM dealers in Columbia say they have yet to hear if they've been cut.
The bill, passed Friday, would give unemployed workers an extra 20 weeks of benefits.
Turbulent agricultural conditions in the Midwest contributed to the tightened farm credit, the agency said.
From Missouri to Ohio, many farmers have had a difficult time planting corn because there haven't been enough consecutive days without rain to dry up the land. Normally by this time of year, 75 percent of Missouri's corn crop has been planted. But only 39 percent has been planted so far.
Legislation passed by the Missouri House would require new owners of foreclosed properties to give current tenants 10 business days' warning before evicting them.
The U.S. Labor Department gave Missouri more than $770,000 Tuesday as the final installment of a grant meant to help employees recently laid off by the auto industry. The grant, approved April 2008, amounts to just over $1.73 million.