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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…

Construction picks back up, but it’s a different gig now

By MIKE SCHNEIDER (ORLANDO, Fla., AP) — As Florida’s housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. So he left construction, along with 2.3…

Yogurt shop hosts grand opening celebration

Yogurt shop hosts grand opening celebration

By JOSEPH STANTON (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — The owners of a new frozen yogurt store plan to celebrate with a grand opening Saturday in the strip center across from Wal-Mart…

Meaning of 4 words at center of high court health law fight

By MARK SHERMAN (MIAMI, AP) — The Justice Department’s decision to not prosecute a civilian neighborhood watch volunteer for a hate crime in the shooting death of an unarmed black…

GOP struggles for way out as Homeland shutdown looms

By ERICA WERNER (WASHINGTON, AP) — Divided Republicans are searching for a way out of an impasse over immigration that is threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department within…

Half-million of Wal-Mart’s US workers to get pay raises

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO (BENTONVILLE, Ark., AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping its decision to boost workers’ paychecks will help it boost its bottom line. The nation’s largest private employer…

Columbia OKs ride-booking regulations, taxi changes

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — The Columbia City Council has approved new regulations for ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft. An Uber representative says the new rules show the city…

Gates Bar-B-Q restaurant in Independence burns to the ground

(INDEPENDENCE, Mo., AP) — A Gates Bar-B-Q restaurant near the Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City has burned to the ground. Battalion Chief Mike Ditamore said an employee called firefighters…

Medical examiner to look into death of NY Times’ David Carr

(NEW YORK, AP) — The city medical examiner’s office said Friday that it plans to look into the death of New York Times media columnist David Carr, who collapsed just…