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Company seeks tax break for $114 million expansion project

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Kraft Foods is asking for a 75 percent property tax break on a planned $114 million expansion that will result in a cut of about 150…

Looted Ferguson store to be transformed into training center

(FERGUSON, Mo., AP) — The effort to erect a Ferguson job training center at the site of a former convenience store that was looted and burned after last summer’s fatal…

Dog deaths during grooming revive calls for regulations

By SUE MANNING (LOS ANGELES, AP) — Curly, a toy poodle, was 17 years old when he died. But old age didn’t kill him — grooming did, his owners and…

Hallmark to hire at Missouri plant; close Connecticut plant

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Hallmark Cards says it plans to add about 400 employees in the next year at its distribution plant in Liberty, Missouri, while phasing out a…

Raid spotlights Subway pitchman’s ties to ex-foundation head

By TOM MURPHY and RICK CALLAHAN (ZIONSVILLE, Ind., AP) — A raid at the home of a well-known Subway restaurant pitchman is casting a glaring spotlight on his relationship with the…

Pitt Children’s Hospital chief doc named St. Louis med dean

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — The physician-in-chief and scientific director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has been named dean of a St. Louis medical school where he used to teach. Washington…

Amtrak’s future in Kansas hinges on satisfying mandate

(NEWTON, Kan., AP) — Kansas could lose its Amtrak service unless funding is found to satisfy a federal requirement to install positive train control systems along its lines by the…

Farm use of drones to take off as feds loosen restrictions

By MARY CLARE JALONICK (CORDOVA, Md., AP) — Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle…

Let’s make a deal: mega-mergers drive M&A frenzy

By STEVE ROTHWELL (NEW YORK, AP) — Deal makers from New York to London had a busy first half of the year, and mega-mergers drove the frenzy. Companies around the…

Ameren utility looks to build eastern Missouri solar plant

(MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo., AP) — Ameren Missouri has asked regulators for permission to build a solar plant along a half-mile Interstate 70 stretch in eastern Missouri’s Montgomery County. The utility,…