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US stocks skid as Apple pulls tech companies lower

U.S. stocks took their biggest loss in three weeks on Thursday after a late sell-off. Apple, which is mired in a slump, fell to its lowest price in about two months and dragged the tech sector sharply lower.

Comcast buying DreamWorks Animation for about $3.55B

Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda” franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion, strengthening its presence in the important and growing business of children’s entertainment.

House GOP seeks to block stricter rule on retirement savings

The GOP-controlled House has voted to overturn new Obama administration rules requiring stricter standards for brokers regarding retirement investments.

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Ban the box: Would dropping criminal history from job applications reduce recidivism?

From #jcmo Inside Business

Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order April 11 prohibiting state agencies from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history on an initial job application. But statewide legislation to ban the box for the state's public-sector businesses has stalled over the past two years.

US stocks rise, shaking off tech slump, after Fed stands pat

U.S. stocks rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged, as investors expected.

Fed keeps key rate unchanged; no hint on timing of next hike

The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided no hint of when its next rate hike may occur.

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Help wanted: Hiring potential in three industry sectors has evolved, expanded Nichols programs

From #jcmo Inside Business

Nichols Career Center, established as part of Jefferson City Public Schools in 1976, offers a dozen programs in fields relevant to local industry needs.

Tribune calls Gannett ‘erratic,’ but still reviewing deal

Tribune Publishing said Tuesday in a letter USA Today owner Gannett was “erratic” and “unreliable” as the two newspaper companies tried to discuss a possible tie-up.

Chipotle posts first quarterly loss after food scares

Chipotle posted its first quarterly loss as a public company as it fights to win back diners with free burritos following a series of food scares.

US stocks mostly trade higher as energy sector rises

Stocks finished mostly higher Tuesday in another cautious day of trading.

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Nonprofit Profile: RACS offers support system for women suffering from domestic, sexual violence

From #jcmo Inside Business

Since 1980, the Jefferson City Rape and Abuse Crisis Service Inc. (RACS) has been providing shelter and support to women suffering from domestic and sexual violence. The organization served about 225 women and children last year.

Missouri Senate passes farm exemptions to open records laws

The state Senate has approved exempting some types of farm data from Missouri's open-records laws.

Jobless benefit cuts weighed by Missouri high court - again

The Missouri Supreme Court is wrestling with whether to invalidate a law cutting jobless benefits because of the way it was enacted.

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Business concerns add issues for Missouri 'religious liberty' amendment

From #jcmo Inside Business

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is among business groups worried about similar troubles if Missouri voters later this year adopt a proposed “religious liberty” amendment to the state Constitution.

Missouri Senate passes tax incentives for small businesses

The Missouri Senate has passed a five-year extension to a package of tax incentives for small businesses.

Missouri House passes tax break for restaurants, grocers

Restaurants wouldn't have to pay sales and use taxes on electricity and other utilities used to prepare food under a measure headed to the Missouri Senate.

US ends Honda probe for failing to report deaths, injuries

The U.S. government has closed an investigation into Honda’s failure to report deaths and injuries, saying that the company has met all of its obligations.

USA Today owner Gannett bids for LA Times publisher Tribune

Newspaper publisher Gannett wants to buy Tribune Publishing for more than $815 million, a deal that would give the owner of USA Today control of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers.

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Education evolving to be more career relevant, engaging for today's high school students

From #jcmo Inside Business

For some students, it’s hard to be engaged in the classroom unless they understand why what they’re learning is important, not just that they’ll be tested on it in class. Jefferson City Public Schools has evolved its teaching approach so the curriculum is relevant to careers and current events.

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Tax incentive drives 50-job expansion

Modern Litho: Project is investment in company, community

The Jefferson City Council last week approved an economic-development tax incentive to help local commercial printing company Modern Litho add a fourth press — and 50 new jobs — to its operation.

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