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Warren Buffett defends practices, showers advice at meeting

Berkshire Hathaway shareholders always celebrate Warren Buffett at the annual meeting, but amid the praise Saturday, investors also questioned a couple of the conglomerate's recent business moves.

Workers in confined spaces to come under protection rule

Construction workers in confined spaces like manholes and tanks will come under a new federal rule intended to give them similar protections to workers in manufacturing and other industries.

Apple, IBM, Japan Post team up to improve elderly care

Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country.

US wage growth shows signs of strength as hiring picks up

Paychecks for U.S. workers are rising at a faster pace as strong hiring in the past year has lowered the unemployment rate and increased competition for workers.

Applications for US unemployment aid plunge to 15-year low

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to the lowest level in 15 years last week, evidence employers are laying off few workers despite a sharp slowdown in economic growth.

Bud Light: Sorry for saying it removes ‘no’ from vocabulary

Bud Light should have kept the word “No” handy in this case.

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Last two HoJo restaurants soldier on

The 28 ice cream flavors are just a cool memory. Those fried clam plates? All but eighty-sixed. Howard Johnson’s restaurants — the once-ubiquitous orange-roofed eateries that nourished baby boomers before the rise of burgers and burritos — have almost disappeared.

UAW reports 55 percent membership at VW plant in Tennessee

The United Auto Workers union has 816 members at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, or about 55 percent of the total blue collar work force, according the union's latest disclosure with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Insurers navigate health overhaul to rising profits

Several of the nation’s biggest health insurers have hiked earnings expectations for 2015 after blowing past first-quarter forecasts and heading into a much more stable future than they faced this time last year.

Supreme Court: Judges can review EEOC bids to settle job bias

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that federal judges have authority, though limited, to make sure the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is trying hard enough to settle charges of job discrimination before filing lawsuits against employers.

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Noting slower economy, Fed appears no closer to a rate hike

The Federal Reserve downgraded its view of the U.S. economy Wednesday after a winter in which growth nearly froze. The Fed offered no sign that a rate increase might be coming soon.

US stocks drop as economy grows at meager pace

News that the economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year helped push the stock market lower on Wednesday.

Kroger expands in central Indiana to create 3,400-plus jobs

Kroger will build 11 new stores and expand or remodel 22 others in a $464.6 million central Indiana expansion that will create 3,440 permanent jobs, the retailer announced Wednesday.

Express Scripts meets 1Q profit forecasts

Express Scripts Holding Co. (ESRX) on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $441.1 million.

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US consumer confidence slides in April

U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level in four months, knocked down by a slowdown in hiring.

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Stocks end mostly higher as company earnings reports pour in

Stocks posted modest gains Tuesday as investors worked through another large batch of earnings reports.

ESPN suing Verizon over unbundling its sports channel

ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.

No Fed rate hike is seen before fall amid uncertainty

For 6½ years, the Federal Reserve has held its key interest rate near zero, and for nearly that long the financial world has speculated about when the Fed will start raising it.

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Debate swirls around whether increase in minimum wage would hurt business

Some believe current minimum-wage rates don’t keep pace with today’s cost of living. But others believe minimum wage is high enough as is; and except for the state’s automatic cost-of-living adjustment, minimum-wage law has not changed in Missouri since 2006.

BizBeat: Locally-grown grocery takes root downtown

Downtown Jefferson City will welcome its only full-service grocery store when Columbia-based Root Cellar takes root next month.