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BizBeat: Owners of former Yen Ching plan property overhaul

Demolition has already begun in Jefferson City at the building that formerly housed Yen Ching.

BizBeat: Victoria’s Bridal closes, but some brides still waiting

After announcing the decision mid-month, owner Ann Metternich closed Victoria’s Bridal and Formal Wear Boutique in Jefferson City as October ended. However, some customers are still waiting to receive dresses and accessories they ordered and paid for.

BizBeat: McDonald’s holds annual food drive

McDonald’s of Jefferson City has an eventful fall season this year with a one-year renovation celebration at the South Ten Mile Road location and the annual Samaritan Center food drive.

BizBeat: Associated General Contractors merges chapters

The Jefferson City-based Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri and St. Louis-based AGC of St. Louis chapters will merge to form Missouri’s largest construction industry organization effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Company formed from MU research makes 1st product

A company that grew out of research conducted at the University of Missouri is manufacturing its first product from a plant in Columbia.

Purina offering personalized dog food

Nestle Purina PetCare is offering a service allowing dog owners to customize food for their pets.

Missouri ranks 17th best for business tax climate

Missouri has the 17th best tax climate in the United States, according to the latest edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index, released last week by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

Telemarketer banned from calling Missourians

A pair of telemarketing firms that repeatedly violated Missouri's no-call law have agreed to a permanent ban on calling any Missourians.

US stocks end a turbulent month at a record high

For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October.

Nixon unveils jobs program in St. Louis County

Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to not immediately visit Ferguson after an initial wave of violent protests that followed Michael Brown’s shooting death made him a target of critics, who called Nixon “silent Jay” and toted an oversized cardboard cutout of the two-term Democrat’s face to demonstrations.

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Not so sweet: Chocolate prices are set to rise

That bowl of chocolates for ninjas and ghosts won’t cost you more this Halloween.

FTC accuses Gerber of false claim on baby formula

Baby-food maker Gerber is being accused by the government of claiming falsely that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children.

Applications for US jobless aid tick up to 287,000

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.

US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in Q3

The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.

Identity theft victims lose more than money

Personal data was stolen from 100 million Americans this year in cyber-attacks and thefts from retailers, banks and hospitals. Many of them will become victims of identity theft. While the financial hit to people and companies is real, the emotional impact can be “life-altering,” says Terrell McSweeny, a member of the Federal Trade Commission, at a conference Wednesday.

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Now in aisle 3 at Lowe’s: robots

The robots are coming. Lowe’s is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.

Health care overhaul doubts ease for insurers

What a difference a year makes. The nation's biggest health insurers entered last fall cautious about a major coverage expansion initiated by the health care overhaul, the federal law that aims to cover millions of uninsured people.

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Gov't pushes air bag maker on replacement parts

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem.

Fed ends bond buying and cites brighter job market

The Federal Reserve cited an improving economy Wednesday as it ended its landmark bond-buying program and pointed to gains in the job market — a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike.

Stocks slip after Fed statement

An optimistic statement from the Federal Reserve sent the dollar up and gold prices down Wednesday as traders prepared for rising interest rates.