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Economy

Faltering economy might aggravate consumer problems

Consumer protection officials anticipate a greater number of complaints with customers watching every dollar.

Missouri lottery sales flat for the first time in more than 20 years

Casinos are also experiencing declining business, likely due to overall reduced entertainment spending as people deal with current economic uncertainties.

Economy hits bids for Columbia recyclables

The nationwide decrease in the value of recyclable goods has caused private buyers of the city’s recyclables to either make bids below the city’s cost of processing or not bid at all. As a result, processed and baled recyclables have piled up at the city’s landfill.

Recycling goes from boom to bust as economy stalls

As the global economy has declined, so has the recycling market. As consumer demand for automobiles, appliances and new homes dropped, so did the steel and pulp mills' demand for scrap, paper and other recyclables.

Columbia professors use slumping economy as teaching example

Recent economic struggles have been a valuable learning tool inside classrooms of Columbia universities.

Divorced couples stay together because of poor economy

With the recession and the collapse of the housing market, more and more couples who have broken up are continuing to live under the same roof, according to judges and divorce lawyers.

Local arts feel economic pinch

The recent downturn in the economy has affected more institutions than just financial ones.

Economist: Midwest recession to rival that of 1981-82 for unemployment

The economic recession in Mid-America will rival the 1981-82 recession for unemployment, according to professor Ernie Goss of Creighton University. The primary index from his Mid-America Economic Survey, which includes Missouri, has plunged to its second record low in as many months. The November index hit 37.8 in November, down 2.1 percentage points from October.

Columbia's housing, job market discussed at Economic Outlook Conference

Robert Wolverton, president of R. Anthony Development Group, expressed confidence on Columbia's housing market and calls for more jobs and better use of MU resources at the fifth annual Economic Outlook Conference.

Washington busy spending lots and lots of money

Even with Obama's newly announced stimulus plan, the national debt will continue to rise in the next year.

FIVE IDEAS: Buying coffee in a tough economy

This week, we ask you to weigh in on the MU soccer team's Big 12 Championship, the youth vote that propelled Barack Obama to the presidency, election changes and a new music festival for Columbia.

Economy won't stop deer hunters from pursuing their sport

Many hunters will save money eating deer meat instead of store-bought meat this winter.

Columbia's coffee market affected in plunging economy

The closure of The Coffee Ground is one grave fallout from the downward-spiraling economy. Lakota Coffee, Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company and others are also experiencing the effects in their business and clientele.

Exit poll: Missouri voters most concerned about economy

The exit poll showed how much the state's mood has changed since 2004. When President George W. Bush carried Missouri four years ago, slightly more than half of voters said the economy was good.

Economy, race might factor into Missouri vote

Obama's race may hurt his support in the working-class neighborhoods of St. Charles County near St. Louis.

Sales at Columbia used-car dealership drop

The owner of Ashland Auto Sales blames the faltering ecomony for the loss of revenue.

Financial adviser calms nerves

Edward Jones financial adviser Kathy Lou Neale has been fielding many calls from worried clients since the economic downturn. She likens the market to a turbulent airplane, and it's not time to jump off. It's just time to buckle up and keep a clear head.

Legislative candidates offer views on the economy

Local state House and Senate candidates have varying thoughts on the future of Missouri's economy.

Wall Street takes another heavy blow: Dow down by 733

The announcement of a large decline in retail sales coincided with a daylong stock market sell-off. The 733-point loss is the second-worst in history for the Dow Jones industrial average, which ended Wednesday down nearly 8 percent — its steepest drop since one week after Black Monday in 1987.

Gas prices fall with economy

The average cost of a gallon of self-service regular gasoline fell to $3.15 this week. Analysts have attributed the decline to a predicted decline in demand.

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