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Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at United Land Title in Jackson.
Police advise business owners on avoiding crime
Representatives from area businesses kicked off their Friday by hearing about ways to protect their workplaces from crime. Community service officers Cody Farrow and Michael Kidd of the Cape Girardeau Police Department presented their recommendations at October's First Friday Coffee at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau Event Center...
Incubator's startup competition gets $325K grant
A Cape Girardeau startup competition is receiving additional funding thanks to a grant announced Thursday by Gov. Jay Nixon. 1st50K will receive $325,000, part of a larger amount made available to support business startups. Another 350,000 grant went to Springfield Innovation Inc. through the Missouri Technology Corp., according to a news release from Nixon's office...
People on the move 9/28/2015
Breita Church has been hired as executive director of Love INC of Southeast Missouri. She has a background in management and not-for-profit organizations. Church began her position Sept. 9. The Cape Girardeau chapter of Love INC is part of an international effort to "match people in need with Christians who can help," according to its mission statement...
Business notebook: Barbecue rolls into Cape Farmers Market
Farmers' markets are widely known for their fresh, locally grown produce, but among the stands selling beans, apples and peppers at the Cape Farmers' Market is a different local fare: barbecue. Bobby and Crystal Sides, owners of 2 Sides Grillin', take their food truck around the region, from the Cape Girardeau market to SEMO District Fair to fundraisers for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital...
Sentences awaits managers who helped convict boss for outbreak
ALBANY, Ga. -- They were star witnesses who helped convict their old boss, a former peanut executive who got the harshest sentence ever for a U.S. producer in a food-borne illness case. Now two ex-managers of a Georgia peanut plant at the center of a deadly salmonella outbreak face the prospect of going to prison themselves...
Several factors cause high prescription drug prices in U.S.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Sticker-shocked patients increasingly wonder why prices for prescription drugs continue to rise in the U.S. The issue heated up last week on news Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of Daraprim, the only approved treatment for a rare, life-threatening parasitic infection, by more than 5,000 percent to $750 a pill...
EPA to change diesel tests to thwart VW-like cheating
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it will launch sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years. In a letter to car manufacturers, the EPA said it will add on-road testing to its regimen, "using driving cycles and conditions that may reasonably be expected to be encountered in normal operation and use, for the purposes of investigating a potential defeat device" similar to the one used by Volkswagen.. ...
Missouri attorney general says Walgreen deceiving consumers
ST. LOUIS -- Walgreen Co.'s persisting failure to remove expired sales tags from its shelves deceives customers and violates a 2014 settlement that sought to resolve the matter in Missouri, the state's attorney general argued Tuesday in asking a state court to punish the pharmacy chain...
Pumpkins begin to pop at area patches
What does all of this year's summer rain mean for Southeast Missouri's pumpkin crop? It depends on the farmer. The wet weather's effect largely depends on planting schedules. "We replanted three times," said Dianna Koenig of Perryville Pumpkin Farm in Perryville, Missouri...
Century-old auto-parts company in Cape honored
A regional company that started as one local store in 1909 was honored for its longevity and growth Tuesday. Auto Tire & Parts NAPA received the Triumph Award at a luncheon at Ray's Plaza Conference Center in Cape Girardeau. The award recipient is chosen by The Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals and Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Management and Marketing...
Rice growers, Chinese to agree on export accord
A 15-year effort to open China's doors to U.S. rice growers could mean a boom for Southeast Missouri farmers if a sanitary protocols agreement is reached soon. The protocols have been in limbo since China joined the World Trade Organization in 1999, keeping U.S. rice out of Chinese markets...
Codefi sets another Google startup contest
A Google startup competition is returning to Cape Girardeau. Codefi, a local coworking space and technology incubator, has announced Startup Weekend, a Google for Entrepreneurs-powered event, will be Nov. 13 through 15. The first night of the event, entrepreneurs, developers and designers pitch their ideas, according to a news release from Codefi. Groups then are formed and begin to get customer feedback and build a solution...
Business notebook: Survey suggests slowdown in Midwest's economy
OMAHA, Neb. -- A new survey suggests the economy will slow in rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states in the months ahead, including Missouri and Illinois, the Associated Press reported. Economist Ernie Goss of Creighton University in Omaha said weak crop and energy prices are hurting profits across the region...
People on the Move 9/21/2015
Jaime Green, home improvement specialist at Window World in Cape Girardeau, has been recognized as the top female sales specialist nationally by Window World corporate headquarters in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Green has more than 18 years in the home improvement market and has been with the Cape Girardeau store for over a year. Window World sells home-improvement products such as windows, siding, doors, guttering, shutters and attic insulation...
Wine and tapas? Taco Bell to serve them in Chicago
NEW YORK -- What kind of wine pairs best with a Chalupa? Taco Bell customers in Chicago and San Francisco soon will be able to find out. The chain says it will open a location that serves wine, beer, sangria and frozen mixed drinks in Chicago next week, marking the first time it will serve alcohol in the United States. The new restaurant also will feature trends Taco Bell says it is seeing among millennials: "tapas-style" appetizers, a mural by a local artist and an open kitchen...
A talk with Target CEO Brian Cornell
BOSTON -- Target is going local. The liquor section in its new Boston store features locally brewed Samuel Adams beer. The "Fan Central" area stocks Red Sox and Patriot gear. And a special section highlights products used to make the local favorite, a peanut- butter-and-marshmallow sandwich called fluffernutter...
Target, developing healthier habits, hands workers Fitbits
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target is going on a health kick, aimed at customers and its employees. The discount-store chain will push granola bars and healthy grab-and-go snacks over candy at the checkout and hand out free basic activity trackers from Fitbit Inc. to its more 300,000 employees as part of the effort...
In a Mideast upset by cheap oil, more crude may enter market
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Across a Mideast fueled by oil production, low global prices have some countries running on empty and scrambling to cover shortfalls, even as more regional crude is on tap to enter the market. While some Gulf nations rest on ample reserve funds, Iraq is desperate to scrounge up more money for its fight against the extremist Islamic State group as protesters demand repairs to its failing power grid. ...
Local distributor says merger between beer giants unlikely
The president of one local distributor calls the proposed purchase of SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev a "six-pack conversation." But Billy Bess, 35-year president of Bluff City Beer Co., said he's not worried about what would happen should SABMiller accept AB InBev's offer...
King of Beers: Makers of Budweiser, Miller eye global merger
LONDON -- The makers of Budweiser aren't satisfied with being the kings of beer. They want an empire. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewing company and the owner of Budweiser, announced Wednesday it wants to buy SABMiller, the second-largest brewer -- and the maker of long-time rival brand Miller Genuine Draft...
Deal to be announced today to resolve GM criminal probe
NEW YORK -- Federal prosecutors have reached agreement with General Motors to resolve a criminal investigation into how the Detroit automaker broke the law by concealing a deadly problem with small-car ignition switches, three people briefed on the case said Wednesday...
A look at Macy's new discount stores
NEW YORK -- Macy's has an answer to T.J. Maxx and other stores that sell deeply discounted designer brands. The department store chain, which is set to open its "Macy's Backstage" discount stores this fall in the New York City area, gave The Associated Press an early look at one of its new outlet stores...
HP to jettison up to 30,000 jobs as part of spinoff
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hewlett-Packard Co. is preparing to shed up to another 30,000 jobs as the Silicon Valley pioneer launches into a new era in the same cost-cutting mode that has marred much of its recent history. The purge announced Tuesday will occur within the newly formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a bundle of technology divisions focused on software, consulting and data analysis that is splitting from the company's personal computer and printing operations...
Fiat Chrysler, UAW reach tentative contract deal
DETROIT -- A tentative contract agreement reached Tuesday between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler addresses pay and health-care issues, but neither side would give specifics about the pact. The Italian-American company and union announced the accord covering about 40,000 workers nationwide after a furious and almost continuous 48 hours of bargaining. ...
Business notebook: Keeper's Kloset moves to new location
Keeper's Kloset LLC, a consignment boutique formerly at 2136 William St., Suite 196, has moved to 52 S. Plaza Way in Cape Girardeau. The boutique has taken the place of the front half of the eClips School of Cosmetology and Barbering, which still operates out of the back half of the building...
People on the move 9/14/2015
Carolyn Sandren-Kempf, president and CEO of Elite Travel Inc., is a certified Orlando Travel Expert. The certification is designated by the Orlando Travel Academy and is awarded to travel agents who complete extensive training on developing partnerships with and knowledge about the city of Orlando...
Office Depot apologizes to woman over anti-abortion fliers
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Office Depot's CEO apologized to a suburban Chicago woman who said the company discriminated against her over her religious beliefs when its employees told her making copies of an anti-abortion prayer violated company policy. Maria Goldstein, a Roman Catholic, asked an Office Depot in Schaumburg to make 500 copies of "A Prayer for Planned Parenthood."...
New federal food safety rules issued after deadly outbreaks
WASHINGTON -- Food manufacturers must be more vigilant about keeping their operations clean under new government safety rules released last week in the wake of deadly foodborne illness outbreaks linked to ice cream, caramel apples, cantaloupes and peanuts...
Cleanup work suspended at 10 mine sites after spill
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Site investigations and some cleanup work at 10 polluted mining complexes in four states were suspended because of conditions similar to those that led to a massive wastewater blowout from an inactive Colorado gold mine, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said...
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during August include the following: Cover-All Remodeling, 1722 Bloomfield St. Melvin Riney, 1306 Cousin St. Willow Lake Hydroseeding, out of town Gateway Wireless LLC, 3047 William St., Suite 106 Top Master Inc., out of town...