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Swiss Lindt buys US candy maker Russell Stover

(GENEVA, AP) — Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli says it is buying U.S. manufacturer Russell Stover Candies, Inc., for an undisclosed sum. Lindt CEO Ernst Tanner said Monday that…

California man sentenced to 15 years for espionage

By PAUL ELIAS (OAKLAND, Calif., AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28.3 million for a rare economic-espionage…

Lifetouch to end yearbook publishing; 75 jobs lost

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Lifetouch Inc. says it plans to end its yearbook publishing operation in Kansas City, effective Dec. 1. Company spokesman Kelvin Miller says the plant shutdown…

Warrensburg Chamber president to resign

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The president of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that she will resign Aug. 15. Tammy Long has served as Chamber president for 18 years. Dan Houx, chair of…

Ameren to close Meramec coal plant by 2022

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Missouri’s largest utility says it will close a coal-fired power plant in south St. Louis County within the next several years. Ameren Missouri has told state…

Corporations are people? It’s a real legal concept

By NANCY BENAC (WASHINGTON, AP) — There may be more to that “we the people” notion than you thought. These are boom times for the concept of “corporate personhood.” Corporations…

AB InBev buys Czech ‘Budweiser’ brewer

(PRAGUE, AP) — Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, has acquired a small Czech brewery, Samson, in an effort to strengthen its claim to the trademark name of Budweiser. Currently,…

Woman charged with nearly $3 million embezzlement

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A Kansas City woman is charged with embezzling nearly $3 million from a bank and a company that had to close after declaring bankruptcy. A…

Missouri offers truce in Kansas business battle

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri is offering a truce to Kansas in their ongoing battle to lure businesses across the state line with lucrative tax breaks. Gov. Jay Nixon…

Targeted Metrics moving to Kansas City

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — State economic officials say national marketing company Targeted Metrics plans to locate its headquarters and sales operations in Kansas City. The company’s decision is expected…