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Economy

Wireless Internet might be on its way to Paquin Tower

Columbia is trying to narrow the "technology gap" for public housing residents, starting with Paquin Tower.

Missouri horse industry reacts to repeal of slaughter ban

On Nov. 18, Congress repealed a ban on funding for federal inspection of the slaughter of horses. However, the future of horse slaughter in Missouri is still uncertain. 

Midwest business survey predicts job cuts over next six months

The prices-paid index, which examines the cost of raw materials and supplies, rose 4.9 percent in November to 60.9 percent. Any score above 50 suggests economic growth in the next three to six months.

Food banks worry about rising peanut butter prices

Peanut butter prices are up, but donations are down, and that makes it harder for food banks to get and distribute the child-friendly, family-favorite source of protein. 

Black Friday, Cyber Monday not the only sale-boosting names anymore

With the holiday shopping season underway, retailers are coming up with other names for days, such as Green Tuesdays, Pink and Blue Fridays and Small Business Saturday. 

Centralia tries to balance need for growth with small-town feel

Centralia residents don't claim their city is the best in the world. But it does have a special quality: the pride of residents who embody small-town values. 

Demand for food assistance in mid-Missouri increases, prompts press conference

Like many Americans, more Missourian residents are relying on local food banks, increasing demand and costs.

St. George residents vote to dissolve town

The cash-strapped St. Louis County town plagued by scandal is going away. Dissolving the town is a cheaper alternative than making upgrades the town needs, the mayor said.

U.S. wealth gap between young and old is widest ever

The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released Monday.

1 in 15 people make up the poorest poor in US

Neighborhoods with poverty rates of at least 40 percent are stretching over larger areas, and poverty is increasing in suburbs two times faster than in cities.

Missouri farmers seldom use Farm Service Agency emergency loans

The natural disaster designation in 101 out of 114 counties in Missouri gives farmers access to a special, low-interest emergency loan, but the aging loan program is increasingly under-used.

Speak Your Mind forum at Hickman tackles U.S. economy issues

Students and panelists at Hickman High School discussed the U.S. economy at the school's second Speak Your Mind forum of the semester.

GRAPHIC: Timeline of stock market drop in October

The stock market is experiencing a decline this month. Does the stock market perform worse during October?

State expected to make billion-dollar deals with China

Gov. Jay Nixon said the state is expected to finalize billions of dollars of export agreements during an upcoming trip to China. He will announce the details of the trip on Tuesday.

Forest protections for MU fuel called national model

Foster Brothers, a wood products company in Auxvasse, will supply the wood chips for a new wood-burning boiler under construction at the MU power plant. The contract includes conditions to protect the health of Missouri forests.

A look inside MU's new biomass boiler

The boiler is able to burn a variety of fuels, such as corncobs and grasses, and can even use natural gas if necessary.

Stock market, S&P 500 see end of the year comeback

The Standard and Poor's Index has jumped 11.4 percent since Oct. 3, when it hit its lowest level.

Unemployed seek protection against job bias

The jobs bill in Congress would ban most companies from refusing a potential employee simply because of the individual's unemployment status or length.

Missouri pays interest for borrowing for unemployment benefits

Missouri currently owes the federal government the several hundred million dollars it borrowed to provide unemployment benefits for state residents. The state has begun paying interest on the money it owes.

Landmark Bank earns grant to lend money to small businesses

Landmark Bank in Columbia was one of 382 banks across the nation approved for a federal grant that will help the bank lend more money to local small businesses.

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