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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.

Government relations firms announce merger

Andy Blunt and Jim Moody announced the merger of James R. Moody & Associates with Schreimann, Rackers, Francka & Blunt (SRFB) last week, calling the result “a new strategic alliance that will expand the scope of services and capabilities for” their clients.

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Dulle-Trimble to open cremation center

The Trimble family has begun construction of a 2,700-square-foot addition to the east side of Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home, 3210 North Ten Mile Drive, which will house a new crematory.

Building permits issued in January 2015

Jefferson City issued 25 building permits during January 2015.

FAA seeking drone rules favorable to commercial operators

The government is readying rules largely favorable to companies that want to use small drones for commercial purposes, according to a federal analysis, potentially leading to the widespread flights by unmanned aircraft performing aerial photography, crop monitoring, inspections of cell towers and bridges and other work.

Insurer Anthem offers layers of identity theft protection

Anthem Inc. is offering several levels of free identity theft protection to current and former customers after hackers broke into a database storing information for about 80 million people.

To combat fraud, Visa wants to track your smartphone

Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs, may be coming to an end.

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Postal Service: Some services down due to network outage

A network outage disrupted some services late Thursday and through Friday at the U.S. Postal Service, including package handling at some local post offices, the agency said.

US regulators close small Georgia bank

Regulators have closed a small lender in Georgia, making it the third U.S. bank failure of 2015 following 18 closures last year.