How the U.S. downgrade could affect you

The U.S. downgrading could have a number of different repercussions.

University of Phoenix, other for-profit colleges respond to scrutiny

For-profit college enrollment grew rapidly over the past decade amid renewed calls to increase the nation's college graduation rate and a need to help laid-off workers find new careers.

After S&P downgrade, Obama says 'we must do better'

A day after Standard & Poor's lowered the nation's credit rating from AAA to AA+, Republicans and Democrats traded blame over the move.

Eat healthy, spend more: Study finds healthy eating more expensive

The cost of healthy eating could make new nutritional guidelines difficult to meet, a study found. But according to other researchers, there are more factors to consider — for some people, expense is a choice. For others, it's not cost that's the issue — it's proximity.

Senate passes emergency legislation to raise debt limit, Obama signs

Following the House's vote on Monday, the Senate followed suit with last-minute debt legislation on Tuesday.

Sales tax holiday coming this weekend

School supplies, electronics and clothing will be exempt from state sales tax Friday through Sunday. Columbia sales tax will still apply.

Analysis: Lessons learned, default fault abounds

Debt ceiling negotiations in Congress are a sign that government can work when it absolutely has to. But what a mess it was to reach an agreement before the U.S. defaulted for the first time in history.

St. Louis area could be site of hybrid van plant, with 1,000 new jobs

Hazelwood officials announced Wednesday that the city council approved a measure to provide $3 million through economic development sales tax to help a British company build a plant to make hybrid electric vans.

White House threatens to veto Boehner's debt-ceiling plan

House Speaker John Boehner's bill would raise the debt limit by $1 trillion while making cuts to federal spending of $1.2 trillion. He faced criticism from some conservatives in advance of an expected vote Wednesday.

Halt '3-ring-circus' of debt-limit debate, Obama says in TV speech

The president spoke a few hours after first Republicans, then Democrats drafted rival fallback legislation Monday to avert a potentially devastating government default.

Recent poll: Americans stressed about debt, limiting credit card use

A June poll revealed that Americans' debt-related stress is up since the fall, but about half only charge items to credit cards when they can afford to pay for them at month's end.

Approximately 70 percent of Missouri job loss in June resulted from Joplin disaster

Despite the large loss of jobs, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state was not significantly altered.

Donations to mid-Missouri charities above national average in 2010

Nationally, charitable donations declined in 2008 and 2009, then rose an estimated 3.8 percent across the board in 2010, according to the recently released Giving USA report. Locally, however, many nonprofits brought in percentage increases higher than the national average.

Gov. Nixon approves more rigorous grain dealer requirements

The new law will require grain dealers to set aside more money as a safeguard against insolvency.

ANALYSIS: Republicans accuse Nixon of improperly withholding funds

Some Republican officials have begun to ask whether Gov. Jay Nixon is inappropriately citing the Joplin tornado as a reason to hold on to state dollars that had been due to public schools and other government programs.

Extreme couponers boost grocery savings during recession

Coupon clipping has helped some people save up to 90 percent on groceries. But on the other hand, it brings increased levels of frustration, long lines and sometimes empty shelves.

Treasurer approves more than $200 million in farm, business loans

Loans through the Missouri Linked Deposit Program have affected about 4,000 jobs and farmers in Missouri this year, and participation is about 50 percent higher than it was last year.

Economic recovery turns two

The recovery from the Great Recession has been longer and tougher than any recent recession.

Curtain falls on Missouri Film Office; future for tax credits looks bleak

Gov. Jay Nixon followed through with the long-held plan to close the Missouri Film Office. Missouri's filmmaking community remains concerned about the fate of the industry and the loss of potential revenue.

Recession hits transit budgets despite rising need

Public transportation systems across the country are aging, but tight budgets are making improving them a challenge.