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Missouri Senate OKs eases employer tip tax withholding duty

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Restaurants and other businesses say they should be responsible for withholding state income taxes only from wages and the amount of tips workers report to…

Smoke forces evacuation of Smirnoff Theater in Branson

(BRANSON, Mo., AP) — Dozens of people were evacuated from the Yakov Smirnoff Theater in Branson after smoke filled the theater. No one was injured in Thursday’s incident at the…

Alaska fishermen consider leaving marketing association

By MOLLY DISCHNER (JUNEAU, Alaska, AP) — A growing number of restaurant customers and grocery store shoppers in the country are asking for Alaska’s Copper River sockeye salmon by name.…

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over Mayflower oil spill

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark., AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower, finding that he was wrong in granting class-action…

Hunt Brothers rules rural pizza market from gas stations

By JONATHAN DREW (ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn., AP) — If you’re looking for pizza along the Andersonville Highway between the Museum of Appalachia and a mountain lake created by the Tennessee Valley…

European stocks rebound after Wall Street inspired sell-off

By BERNARD CONDON (NEW YORK, AP) — U.S. stock indexes closed slightly lower Wednesday, stabilizing a day after their biggest sell-off in two months. With no obvious catalyst pushing them…

Jury awards $491M in damages in prearranged funerals case

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — A St. Louis federal jury has awarded $491 million in damages in a 6-year-old lawsuit linked to the collapse years ago of a company that sold…

Attorney General stops online payday lenders in Missouri

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Eight online payday lenders operated by one man from a South Dakota reservation will repay Missouri consumers who were charged excess fees under the terms…

Midwest economy: February state-by-state glance

(AP) — The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the…

Missouri revenues still up close to 5 percent from last year

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — The state budget director says increases in Missouri’s revenues are holding steady at close to a 5 percent growth from last year. Budget Director Linda…