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Economy

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.

Miller says economy will challenge county

Karen Miller is running unopposed for a fifth term as Boone County Southern District commissioner. She said the biggest challenge facing the county over the next four years will be the slowdown in the economy.

Gubernatorial races nationwide focused on economy

Problems in the economy have overshadowed all other election issues.

No 'normal' setting exists in today's economy

Understanding that "normal" does not exist, and never really existed in the first place, is very important to the caretakers of our future.

Students find ways to meet financial demands in tough economy

College students are noticing a difference in their daily lives as the effects of the economy begin to filter down. Some students are making changes to cut costs such as cycling more and driving less, taking fewer trips home and taking more trips to the plasma bank.

Panel discusses economy's local impact

Graduating students might have to take jobs to get by, rather than chase their dreams, a panel of business professionals said in a forum hosted by the MU's Trulaske College of Business.

Baker unveils jobs plan; Luetkemeyer stresses drilling

Rep. Judy Baker, D-Columbia, discussed her plan to create manufacturing jobs in the U.S., and Republican candidate Blaine Luetkemeyer spoke in support of drilling for oil to reverse inflation. The two are candidates for Missouri's 9th Congressional District.

Experts weigh in on the global effects America's economy

Countries across the world are reacting differently to the economic slowdown that has the US reeling.

As the economy takes a hit, so does John McCain

Since the country’s financial troubles have deepened, polls that once gave John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, an early advantage in Missouri now show him even with Barack Obama.  Plant closings and high gas prices have taken a toll on residents rural Missouri.

MU financial aid director discusses economy, loans

Joseph Camille, who has worked in student financial aid for more than 30 years, points out that the economy won’t have an immediate impact on student loan interest rates. What he has seen this year, however, is more students changing their FAFSA forms to reflect changes in income. 

A financial crisis Q&A

Karen A. Schnatterly, Ph.D.,  assistant professor of management at MU's College of Business, explains how the financial meltdown affects the average American, Washington's bailout plan and the causes behind the current economic crisis.

MU scholar on economy: 'Ride it out'

Rob Weagley, who chairs MU's Personal Financial Planning department, offers some simple advice for weathering the recent tumult on Wall Street: Ride it out.

Blunt bashes Bush's bailout plan

The Missouri governor said the president's plan is not the right option for reforming the country's economy.

Economic downturn no surprise to average Americans

Years of deregulation of corporations and borrowing from other countries has set the U.S. on a dangerous trajectory. Meanwhile, many Americans are focused on putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their families' heads and remain unaffected by Wall Street's fluctuations.

Missouri’s economy not yet affected by Wall Street

The state portfolio is not at risk because it does not deal with Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch or AIG, says Mark Mathers, director of investments in the state treasurer's office.

Columbia brokers caution against panic

Local stockbrokers advise consumers and investors to think carefully about their options amid stock market changes.

Sluggish economy prompts workers to return to college

Two Columbia men pursue degrees in nursing at Columbia College after losing their jobs at 3M.

Economy keeps many J-School alumni at home for Centennial

Around 20,000 invitations were mailed out to J-School alumni for the centennial celebration; 1,900 tickets to the party have been sold. When we asked alumni why they weren't coming, many blamed the economy and the time of the celebration.

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