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Half-million of Wal-Mart’s US workers to get pay raises

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping its decision to boost workers’ paychecks will help it boost its bottom line

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.76 percent

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates have risen for a second straight week yet remained near historically low levels.

Dow, S&P slip as utility stocks weigh on market

A slide in shares of utility companies nudged the U.S. stock market lower Thursday.

Foreign holdings of US Treasury debt hit record in December

Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in December despite investors in China and Japan, the two biggest foreign owners of Treasury debt, cutting back on their holdings.

Samsung buying mobile-pay co. in bid to challenge Apple Pay

Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the Korean phone maker steps up its rivalry with Apple and its payment system on iPhones.

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For many in US, cash saved at gas pump is staying in pockets

Even though Americans spent $6.7 billion less at gas stations in January than they had two months earlier, the extra cash didn't get spent anywhere else: Retail sales, excluding gas, fell slightly from November to January.

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Feds say Wal-Mart was biased against lesbians

A federal agency says Wal-Mart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights.

Fed officials in no hurry to raise rates

Federal Reserve officials struggled last month to assess when economic data might prompt them to raise interest rates from record lows — and how best to convey their intentions to investors.

US stock market ends mostly lower

The U.S. stock market edged mostly lower on Wednesday, easing back from its latest all-time highs.

Greece: Loan extension request will satisfy Europe, Greece

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis sounded cautiously optimistic Wednesday of achieving a last-minute deal with Greece's European creditors that would keep the country solvent and within the euro currency.

Why refinery strike has had little bite at gas pump

Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: “tension” in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.

US homebuilder confidence slides in February

U.S. homebuilders say sales prospects and buyer traffic fell slightly this month.

US stocks eke out another record high; Goodyear gains

A late tick higher was enough to set another record high for the U.S. stock market.

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Water quality concerns heighten conflict with pig farms

From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the efficient, profitable livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate and bacteria from fertilizer and accumulated manure have on lakes and rivers as well as air pollution that may be harmful to respiratory health.

Eurozone issues Greece ultimatum

European creditors issued Greece with an ultimatum Monday, saying the country must accept a key condition in bailout talks by the end of the week or face having to meet its debt commitments on its own — a prospect that many in the financial markets think would leave Greece little option but to leave the euro.

Hackers’ $1B bank theft may still impact consumers

The hacker gang that looted as much as $1 billion worldwide from banks was unusual: It stole directly from the banks, instead of ripping off their customers.

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Jefferson City area businesses, customers feeling more confident about economy

Is the future looking a little brighter?

Missouri’s consumer sentiment index rose to 77.4 in October 2014 from a level of 68.6 last June, according to the results of a twice-annual Arvest Bank-sponsored survey founded last year to calculate a nationally comparable measure for the Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma region. Based on sales tax revenues, which grow as consumers purchase more merchandise, Jefferson City consumers are more confident as well.

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Jefferson City bankers: How economy, technology, trends will affect your banking experience

Five local banking industry leaders were consulted to evaluate the Central Missouri economy and the state of the banking industry.

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Jack in the Box to pop up this summer

A new Jack in the Box restaurant will open this summer in Jefferson City.

Jefferson City to lose one RadioShack, keep one for now

On RadioShack’s initial list of more than 1,700 potential store closings is the Jefferson City location inside Capital Mall at 3600 Country Club Drive.