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Soggy weather still crimping Illinois corn harvest

Amid growing expectations of record U.S. corn and soybean yields this year, farmers in Illinois and other Midwestern states are struggling to bring the crops in from the fields.

Fed survey finds moderate growth nationwide

The U.S. economy was strengthening in most regions of the country in September to early October, helped by gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and commercial construction, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest survey of business conditions.

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Wal-Mart cuts sales outlook amid tough economy

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its revenue outlook for its current fiscal year as it announced it is scaling back its expansion plans for its supercenters next year and stepping up investments in its online operations.

Stock swoon brings S&P 500 closer to ‘correction’

The downturn in the U.S. stock market has brought it closer to what professional investors refer to as a “correction.”

Next step for potential downtown CID

A survey for all downtown property owners and businesses is out today and likely will decide whether Jefferson City’s downtown will look to start a new taxing district to help cover costs of beautification and maintenance.

US stocks stablize after 3-day sell-off

A slump in energy stocks stymied a rebound in U.S. indexes Tuesday as the price of oil plunged the most in two years.

Ailing global economy could lead Fed to delay hike

Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that’s spooked investors across the world.

US stock indices slide

The stock market couldn’t shake off a case of the jitters from last week and closed sharply lower again on Monday.

Downside of drop in oil prices for US economy

If you’re a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.

St. Mary’s schedules open houses for new hospital

The new St. Mary’s hospital in Jefferson City is scheduled to have its first business day on Nov. 16. But it plans to give the public a sneak peek at the new hospital with open house events Nov. 1 and 2.

BizBeat: Displaced stylist opens new chapter in the bar business

Katherine Wakefield, former co-owner of Backstage Barbers, partnered together with Dino Cubilla, owner of Hoxton Tavern and Grill, to open Kat-A-Tonic.

BizBeat: The Cutting Room finds new location

Another displaced Downtown Mall business found its new Jefferson City home just down the street at the end of July.

BizBeat: Capital Mall begins “Trade Days”

Once a month, the Capital Mall in Jefferson City will offer home-based businesses, arts and crafts vendors, and direct sale businesses the opportunity to set up shop.

Pig farms rebound from virus; meat prices may drop

A virus that killed millions of baby pigs in the last year and led to higher pork prices has waned thanks to warmer weather and farmers' efforts to sterilize their operations. And as pigs' numbers increase, sticker shock on things like bacon should ease.

Hussman named to UNC journalism hall of fame

Jefferson City News Tribune and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter E. Hussman Jr. was inducted into the North Carolina Halls of Fame in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations in a ceremony Friday in Chapel Hill.

Unequal Pay: Must be a lot of good karma out there

Men are eight times more likely than women to negotiate salary when taking a job, according to a study by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever for their 2007 book Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation and Positive Strategies for Change.

Kmart becomes latest retailer hit by data theft

Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that a data breach at its Kmart stores that started last month may have compromised some customers' credit and debit cards.

Refinery switching to newer rail cars for crude

A refinery in northwest Washington state says it will no longer accept any volatile North Dakota crude oil unless it arrives on newer-model tank cars.

Bag makers launch push to overturn California ban

Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California’s new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.

US investigates failures in Michelin truck tires

U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that some Michelin heavy truck tires can fail and cause crashes.