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Economy

Mayor Hindman meets with Obama, top advisers

Mayor Darwin Hindman is among an exclusive group of 80 U.S. mayors to meet with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday morning for the United States Conference of Mayors.

McCaskill defends federal stimulus plan

Sen. Claire McCaskill is saying the federal stimulus package will help Missouri's economy.

Business, property owners discuss proposed downtown special sales tax district

Downtown Columbia business and property owners met three separate times Wednesday to discuss whether to the replace the Downtown Special Business District with a Community Improvement District, or CID. The proposed CID would raise downtown sales tax by one half cent to provide funding for downtown improvements.

US peanut growers reeling from salmonella outbreak

The salmonella outbreak has wreaked predictions for a successful year for the U.S. peanut industry. "Public perception is killing us," said the executive director of the Texas peanut producers board.

Ruined financiers commit desperate acts in harsh times

Wall Street financiers turn to suicide and faking their own deaths to get away from their problems and debts.

Forsee sets campus meeting to address budget changes

The meeting will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 20 in Jesse Hall Auditorium.

Missouri could get $4.4 billion from stimulus package

Missouri's possible $4 billion cut of the federal stimulus package would go to more than two dozen areas, including homeless prevention, drinking water and transportation improvements.

Web site allows users to prioritize stimulus projects

A new website, stimuluswatch.org, allows citizens to comment on how they think the economic stimulus package should be used by their local government.

Governors of Missouri and Kansas meet to discuss economy

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius met with Kansas City business leaders Tuesday to discuss President Barack Obama's proposed economic stimulus package.

Analysis: Tax credit bill needs approval from Missouri Senate

Missouri lawmakers debate the value of tax credits for businesses. A plan sailed through the House with 85 percent approval and next needs to pass through the Senate.

Unemployed celebrate with Pink Slip Parties to search for new work

Unemployed workers having difficulty finding new employment have turned to using unique ways to find employment from chatting up business executives on commuter trains to participating in Pink Slip Parties which bring together potential employers and the unemployed for networking.

Deal announced on stimulus; weekend vote likely

Three Republican  moderates broke ranks and pledged their votes for the stimulus bill, giving it the necessary 60-vote majority.

Curators approve furlough, retirement plan

The board also approved a transition assistance program for employees who lose their jobs as a result of budget cuts.

Columbia Daily Tribune makes cuts

More jobs may be on the line. "Like every other business, we are targeting some positions for potential elimination based on what's happening (with the economy)," Associate Publisher Vicki Russell said.

THE BEAT: Discussion of mayor's appearance on CNBC

The Columbia Missourian's managing editor, Jeanne Abbott, talks to KBIA's Janet Saidi about how Columbia is fairing compared to national economic trends.

Costs, economy drive more Americans into medical debt

With the economy getting worse, many people find themselves facing a mountain of medical debt. With employers cutting benefits, bills for the uninsured continue to grow.

LETTER: Senate should look deeper at Economy Recovery Bill

The measure includes funding for alternative transportation and would help create the "green jobs" that President Barack Obama has promoted.

FIVE IDEAS: How does Obama shore up a struggling economy?

This week, we ask you to weigh in on the economy, unemployment, Jay Nixon's firings of 150 state workers, reorganizing the higher education system in Missouri, and the search for Columbia's next police chief.

Bad economy could hinder Columbia's sheltered workshop

Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises, which employs more than 100 adults with disabilities, is facing a shortage of work to keep its employees busy and could be on the list for funding cuts this year.

Global economy crashing Indian weddings

In a country known for lavish weddings, some couples are making tough decisions to avoid high costs in a weakened economy.

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