Consumer confidence falls in March

The index is closely watched by economists because it makes a monthly gauge of how Americans are feeling about their jobs, incomes and other bread-and-butter issues. That's important because consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of U.S. economic activity.

Boone County Commission seeks board members to oversee Children's Services Fund

The nine-member board will be responsible for the fund, which was created when voters passed a sales tax increase in the November election.

Most U.S. taxpayers won't be able to escape 'fiscal cliff'

A package of tax increases and spending cuts, known as the "fiscal cliff," would take effect in January unless Congress passes a new budget deal before then. 


Budget experts say cuts would reduce deficit but cause recession

Congress will look at the tax and spending changes next week, which would cut the federal deficit by $503 billion but cause a spike in unemployment.


Low Columbia gas prices are a welcome break for drivers

Columbia gas prices averaged $3.10 Thursday, a 42-cent decrease from the 2011 state average.

Hurricane Sandy's cost might reach $50 billion, although rebuilding could help economy

Hurricane Sandy could be among the ten costliest hurricanes in U.S. history.

Fed: Housing lifts growth in most U.S. regions

The Fed is buying mortgage bonds to lower longer-term rates, which could spur more borrowing and spending. Consumer spending drives nearly 70 percent of economic activity.

High crop prices will balance Missouri's low corn, soybean yields

The severe summer drought in Missouri caused a drop in crop yields in 2012, but experts predict farm income to be higher than the previous eight-year average.

Columbia ranks 10th in list of best college towns

American Institute for Economic Research looks at factors such as education and quality of life.

Community members voice concerns about misuse of eminent domain

A proposed amendment is meant to make blight designation more difficult, but opponents of the proposal think it could broaden the city government's power and cause the opposite effect.


MU law professors discuss ramifications of Affordable Care Act

The MU School of Law hosted a panel of law professors in observance of Constitution Day on Monday. The panel expressed concerns about the economic, policy and constitutional effects of the Affordable Care Act.


City manager's fiscal 2013 budget would raise building permit fees

City Manager Mike Matthes' upcoming 2013 budget would raise commercial and residential building permit fees for the first time since 1996 if passed.


Downtown Business Incubator opening Wednesday in Columbia

A new downtown business incubator has its opening ceremony on Wednesday. 

Union representatives call for reflection on Labor Day

Columbia's workforce says the 118-year-old holiday is a celebration of what American laborers have created.

Report finds historic preservation has profound impact on economy

Historic preservation tax credit projects in the Columbia area totaled $88.8 million over the past decade, according to a report commissioned by the city of Columbia. Every public dollar spent generated $4.40 in private investment, the study found.

Energy officials meet to discuss funding for Ameren, Westinghouse reactors

State officials updated supporters on the status of Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse's application for a grant that is seeking funds for small modular nuclear reactors.

Chamber considers giving neighboring communities more say in airport's management

A chamber task force is looking at other airports for ideas to improve the airport's management structure.

UPDATE: Mayor announces new flights between Columbia and Orlando

The additional service will force the city to address needs at the Columbia Regional Airport terminal, Mayor Bob McDavid says.

Recession produces spike in entrepreneurship

MU researchers find that down times in the economy prompt more people to start their own businesses, particularly in rural areas.

Annual survey shows some improvement in Missouri children's well-being

The 2012 Kids Count Data Book shows that Missouri ranked 26th in overall children's well-being in 2010, but there was a significant decline in their economic status.