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Missouri business groups divided on LGBT-discrimination ban

Missouri businesses are divided over a proposed ban on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, with some companies during a Wednesday hearing backing the measure as needed to recruit top candidates and some powerful business groups countering it could lead to more lawsuits.

Stock market turns lower after cautious view from the Fed

The stock market gave up a modest gain and turned lower after the Federal Reserve issued a cautious assessment of how the U.S. economy was doing.

Facebook posts strong 4Q as company closes gap with Google

Facebook is growing at an exceptional pace as it enters adolescence, propelling it into a better position to challenge Google as the Internet’s most powerful company.

Centene loses personal, health data of 950,000 members

Health insurer Centene Corp. says it is missing half a dozen hard drives that contain the personal and health information of roughly 950,000 clients.

Chase planning rollout of card-free ATMs

Soon, losing your ATM card won’t be the financial life-stopping event it used to be.

AT&T misses Street 4Q forecasts

AT&T Inc. on Tuesday reported a quarterly profit that slightly missed Wall Street expectations as it added fewer customers on contracts and other core plans than it did the year before.

Fed faces darker global economy

Since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates from record lows last month, the global picture has darkened. Stock markets have plunged. Oil prices have skidded. China’s leaders have struggled to steer the world’s second-biggest economy.

Stocks slip as oil skids 6 percent

U.S. stocks fell Monday as the price of oil slumped again, giving up some of the ground it gained late last week. That forced energy companies lower.

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BizBeat: Central Dairy closes door on home delivery

A change in services at a longtime Jefferson City business marks the end of an era for some who still enjoyed Central Dairy products delivered to their front porch weekly.

BizBeat: New business shares real estate investment tips

House Flipping Pros, at 425 E. High St. in Jefferson City, is offering classes on how to rehab and sell houses and make money in real estate.

BizBeat: Heads Up salon heads to new location

Heads Up Salon and Spa will open in its new location in Jefferson City on Tuesday.

Tips for tax season

Tips from Better Business Bureau

The tax filing deadline isn’t until April 15, but consumers who expect a refund often rush to file their taxes as soon as they get a W-2 form from their employers.

Is that credit card with the annual fee really worth it?

The biggest months for adding and dropping credit cards are December and January, so now’s the time to make sure that $95 annual fee is really worth it.

Auto recalls last year break annual record set in 2014

Automobile recalls hit another record last year as stronger government enforcement and widening recalls of exploding air bags pushed the total above 51 million vehicles.

Sprint gave layoff notices to 829 Kansas employees

Sprint Corp. says in state filings that it has given layoff notices to 829 employees at its Overland Park campus in the past three months.

US rental home price growth slowed in December

Home rental price growth turned tame in December — a sign that a burst of new apartment construction last year may be relieving cost pressures.

Gov’t: 10th death linked to exploding Takata air bags

A Ford pickup driver killed last month in South Carolina is the 9th person to die in the U.S. and the 10th worldwide because of defective Takata air-bag inflators that explode, firing off shrapnel-like shards, government safety officials said Friday, as they announced a new expansion of the largest auto safety recall in history.

Energy stocks lead a broad rally as the price of oil soars

Stocks are closing out their first weekly gain in four weeks, led by a surge in energy and technology stocks.

US stocks rise as energy stocks rally

Stocks rose Thursday and recovered some of their steep losses from the day before. The price of oil also recovered from a big decline.

Falling oil prices could lead consumers to spend more later

Sinking oil prices have cratered the stock market.