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BizBeat: Vacant commercial properties await new businesses

Several major commercial properties in Jefferson City have remained vacant for months while owners and realtors attempt to find new tenants to fill them, but announcements may come soon for a few.

BizBeat: Plaza Tire shops merge

The Plaza Tire Service shop at 111 W. Dunklin St. closed at the end of October to merge with the chain’s second Jefferson City location at 1401 Missouri Blvd.

BizBeat: KFC signs down, but still serving

Employees at the KFC at 1923 Christy Drive removed the Jefferson City restaurant’s external signage last week but the restaurant remains open for business.

BizBeat: Seasonal toy store open at Capital Mall

Unique Toys and Games opened Nov. 1 at Capital Mall in Jefferson City, and will be in business there through Jan. 15.

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Tech-Know now offering smartphone, tablet repairs

Now you can fix a cracked smartphone or tablet screen more easily, as new technology repair business Tech-Know opened its doors in Jefferson City Nov. 8.

Learfield Sports aqcuires SMA, expands licensing offerings

Learfield Sports announced on Thursday that it has acquired Strategic Marketing Affiliates (SMA), expanding its licensing, merchandising and brand marketing services within its portfolio of college businesses.

MFA Oil Company’s growth continues with purchase of PB’s Propane

MFA Oil Company, a farmer-owned cooperative based in Columbia, acquired PB’s Propane, a family-owned propane retailer based in West Plains.

Jefferson City business licenses issued in November 2014

Jefferson City issued 23 business licenses during November 2014.

Remington to replace triggers on popular rifles

U.S. gunmaker Remington Arms Co. and plaintiffs in two class-action lawsuits formalized a settlement agreement this week under which the company will replace the triggers on millions of guns, including its most popular bolt-action rifles.

Job gains put US on pace for best growth since ‘99

The resurgence in U.S. hiring accelerated in November and put 2014 on track to be the healthiest year for job growth since 1999.

MU health care, Nueterra purchase Fulton hospital

FULTON — The University of Missouri (MU) Health Care and Nueterra announced a joint purchase of Callaway Community Hospital.

Chamber updates city, county on economic development efforts

The definition of success in economic development was discussed Thursday at a meeting of local elected and business leaders at the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

Many people covered under President Barack Obama’s health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday.

LL Bean struggles to meet demand for iconic boot

Whether it’s “lumberjack chic” or old-school utility, demand for L.L. Bean boots is surging — so much so that some customers will have to wait until February to get their holiday purchases.

Apple says plaintiffs' iPods not covered by suit

Apple attorneys have raised an eleventh-hour challenge that could derail a long-running, class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit is over Apple's use of restrictive software that kept iPods from playing digital music sold by competitors to its iTunes store.

Sears 3Q loss widens as retailer reshapes itself

Sears Holdings Corp. tried to reassure investors Thursday that financial maneuvers — closing stores, selling assets and slashing inventory — mean it still has enough cash available to run its business.

Uber raises $1.2 billion, valued at $40 billion

Uber raised $1.2 billion in its latest round of funding from venture capitalists, a sign investors were little fazed by the ride-hailing app's recent spate of bad publicity over privacy violations and its corporate culture.

Stocks slip slightly on ECB stimulus speculation

The stock market posted slight losses Thursday after European Central Bank officials decided to delay any stimulus for the struggling continent until next year. Investors also braced for the release of Friday's closely watched U.S. jobs report.

Obama offers insights in Q&A with CEOs

At times blunt, at others obliging, President Barack Obama entered a den of top corporate CEOs on Wednesday with a candid assessment of the limits of his governing agenda, the tripwires facing the economy recovery and the motivations of various foreign leaders.

US stocks extend record run

A batch of good news on the economy Wednesday pushed the stock market to new highs.