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Economy

McCaskill talks grants, stimulus in 'Kitchen Table Talk'

About 200 attend McCaskill's workshop Wednesday to learn grant-writing strategies and hear the senator's thoughts on stimulus projects and other Missouri issues.

Obama ends trip with surprise visit to Iraq

At the end of an eight-day overseas trip to Europe and Turkey, President Barack Obama flew into Iraq on Tuesday for a brief look at a war he opposed as a candidate and now vows to end as commander in chief.

Airlines earn higher marks for quality in 2008

A recently released airline quality study shows that performance is on the rise, with the best ratings in four years. Hawaiian was ranked No. 1 overall, with AirTran Airways and Jet Blue close behind.

Missouri sees nation's No. 2 increase in new jobless claims

For the week ending March 21, Missouri had the nation's second-highest number of new unemployment claims, behind California. The 669,000 claims nationwide was the highest total in more than 26 years. The Labor Department expects to show in an upcoming report America's unemployment increased to 8.5 percent at the end of March.

Unemployment Olympics meant to lift spirits of jobless

The New York City event hosted simple games for the unemployed aimed at keeping them hopeful during times of job loss.

Council candidates support limited use of tax increment financing

All four City Council candidates favor limited and cautious use of tax increment financing and other tax incentives to spur development and business growth in the city.

GM CEO Wagoner to step down at White House request

Because of criticism from Capitol Hill, Rick Wagoner will step down from his position of Chairman and CEO at General Motors Corp. Although Wagoner insists on leading the company through the crisis, the White House has requested his immediate resignation.

Detroit newspapers hope fewer days add up to success

Starting Monday, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press will deliver papers on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays but make slimmer issues available in news racks the other days of the week. The papers are two of more than 80 papers — including the Missourian — that have cut issues.

Details emerge on plan for Missouri stimulus money

House budget leaders are putting together the special spending packing. Some decisions have been made, but not all.

Company to build all-electric delivery vans in Missouri

Several companies have already signed letters of intent to buy the vehicles.

The D-word: Will recession become something worse?

Economic depression is a frightening term that economists and lawmakers are avoiding in the current downturn.

Recessions, depressions, take your pick

Definitions for the distinction between a recession and a depression abound. Here are just a few.

Missouri tax credit ballot measure pegged at $5B

The man behind the proposal disagrees, saying the estimate is "ridiculously high."

Missouri airports to get $7 million federal grant

The money comes from the federal economic stimulus package and will go to airports across the state.

Incentives aim to stimulate housing market

Columbia's housing market, while still suffering, could perk up with federal and seller-offered incentives aimed at homebuyers.

Missouri continues up unemployment ladder

The unemployment rate in Missouri increased to 8.3 percent February, the highest in the state since 1986.

New regulations make disposal difficult for cattle ranchers

Aimed at preventing mad cow disease, FDA rules make disposing of dead livestock more costly.

Last P-I printed; Seattle becomes a journalism lab

The Seattle Post-Intellgencer printed its final edition Tuesday. A skeleton staff will remain in the newsroom to work on its digital edition.

MU officials plan budget in uncertain economic climate

Even though the budget for MU might shrink in the next few years, the university is still planning for a steady increase in students.

AIG planning to pay out millions in bonuses

Insurance firm's chief cites "grave concerns" about retaining talented employees as a reason to keep corporate bonuses.

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