- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Illinois Trail of Tears site where Cherokee buried named to National Historic Register (5/24/17)
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Police: Woman arrested after meth found hidden in pants (5/26/17)2
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
Microsoft to pay out cash reserves to shareholders
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. plans to pay out most of its cash hoard directly to shareholders through a combination of dividends and stock buybacks totaling up to $75 billion over four years, the software maker said Tuesday, ending speculation about what it planned to do with its billions in cash reserves. Microsoft, which has a near monopoly on the software that runs the world's desktop computers, generated $10.4 billion in cash during its 2003 fiscal year alone. But its stock price has been little changed for almost three years, increasing pressure on the company to do something with its cash reserves that now total at least $56 billion.
Charles Schwab takes over discount brokerage
SAN FRANCISCO -- Discount broker Charles Schwab Corp. dumped CEO David Pottruck on Tuesday and replaced him with founder Charles Schwab, hoping the man who created the company can rejuvenate a business that has been sputtering for several years. The San Francisco-based company made its surprise announcement as it released its second-quarter results. Schwab reported a 10 percent drop in its profit for the three months ended June, reversing a recent streak of improved earnings.
House construction shows slowdown in June
WASHINGTON -- Home builders took a breather in June, sending housing construction down to its lowest level in just over a year. It was another sign the economy slowed down last month. The number of housing projects launched by builders clocked in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.8 million units, an 8.5 percent drop from May's level, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Although the 1.8 million pace was the lowest since May 2003 and was weaker than economists expected, it still represented a respectable level of activity, according to analysts.
-- From wire reports