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Strong supply, but low prices, for corn, soybeans

Corn and soybean farmers are seeing record yields, thanks to a cool, mild spring. But the downside of the strong supply is a dip in prices.

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Pitch It & Win It winners up and running

Three new businesses get $2,000 awards

A panel of judges selected three winners to award at the third annual Pitch It & Win It contest Saturday morning. The event was hosted by StartUp Jefferson City and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.

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JC man expanding funeral-related businesses

After working for local funeral homes since the age of 15, Tyler Woods came to a realization: Burying loved ones shouldn’t bury their families in debt.

BizBeat: West Main Pizza to serve long-awaited grand opening

The building at 1931 W. Main St. has both perplexed and excited Jefferson City area residents for months, but West Main Pizza is finally ready to serve up a new eatery with a grand opening the week of Nov. 1.

BizBeat: Capital Mall to host new restaurant, salon

Capital Mall in Jefferson City will welcome two new businesses in the coming month: Taco Depot and Hair in Style.

BizBeat: Kwik Kar Wash cleans up Missouri Boulevard property

The recently closed Tiger Express Wash on Jefferson City's Missouri Boulevard is being rinsed, polished and shined to reopen under new ownership next month.

Jefferson City restaurant inspections for September 2014

Jefferson City inspected 57 food services during the month of September.

Earnings from Microsoft, others drive stocks up

The stock market is closing out its best week in almost two years as earnings gains from Microsoft and others got investors in a buying mood.

A blue Christmas for Amazon?

It might be a blue Christmas for Amazon.

Cloud business lifts Microsoft’s quarterly results

Microsoft’s latest earnings report shows CEO Satya Nadella is making progress in his push to embrace cloud computing.

Stocks surge as US companies report higher profits

Stocks are closing with big gains after several major U.S. companies reported higher profits.

Education Dept. loosens eligibility for parent loan program

The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students.

FedEx predicts increase in holiday deliveries

FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries.

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Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website.

Packaging error prompts recall of naproxen pills

A North Carolina company is recalling nearly 12,000 boxes of pain relief tablets sold at Dollar Tree stores because some cartons contain a different medication that could cause allergic reactions.

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Staples investigating possible data breach

Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue.

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McDonald's CEO outlines changes as sales slide

After posting yet another disappointing quarter, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn't been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.

Stocks rally; S&P 500 has best day of 2014

The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its best day of the year.

Big slump no cause to ditch stock market

After more than five years of stock market gains, investors could be forgiven for worrying that big sell-offs may be the harbingers of bigger slumps.

Toys R Us pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ dolls

Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on the characters of AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.