- Plans in the works to save Esquire Theater on Broadway in Cape (2/21/18)2
- Man transitioning to woman killed herself in Cape City Jail in June; news comes from architect's pitch in Kansas (2/15/18)2
- Bell City arrest, Scott City incident highlight high-alert status following Fla. school shooting (2/20/18)4
- Cape Girardeau businessman proposes redevelopment project; seeks taxing district to fund improvements (2/17/18)16
- TJ's Burgers, Wings & Pizza expands with dining area in Fruitland (2/16/18)
- Pence gets it right in response to attack on Christian faith (2/17/18)12
- As February winds down, Chaffee looking forward to reopening of ice cream shop (2/21/18)1
- Scott City puts school on lockdown; officials say alleged threat 'not credible' (2/21/18)2
- The heart of the matter: Clinic helps patients rise above congestive heart failure (2/17/18)
- Local foodies share most romantic places (2/22/18)
Business digest 03/12/05
Chinese imports raise U.S. trade deficit
WASHINGTON -- The monthly trade deficit hit $58.3 billion in January, the second-highest in history, as clothing imports from China surged with the lifting of global quotas. The Commerce Department's trade report released Friday showed a January trade gap that was 4.5 percent higher than December's $55.7 billion deficit and was just below the all-time monthly record of $59.4 billion set last November.
Poll finds consumer confidence rebounding
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence, which had plunged sharply in February, jumped by the largest amount in seven months in early March as Americans were heartened by a big surge in hiring. The AP-Ipsos consumer confidence index rose to 84.2 in early March, a gain of 6.4 percent from a February reading of 79.1. It was the largest one-month gain since a 13.9 percent rise last August. The March rebound came from stronger confidence about current economic conditions, job prospects and personal finances.
Qwest plans to make better offer for MCI
DENVER -- Qwest Communications International Inc. plans to sweeten its $8 billion offer for MCI Inc. as the long-distance carrier weighs it against a proposal it has already accepted from Verizon Communications Inc., a source Friday. The Denver-based regional Bell is expected to submit a revised offer next week, ahead of a Thursday deadline to conclude negotiations with MCI, said a source close to the negotiations speaking on condition of anonymity. The revised terms were not available.
Music company to sell $750 million in stock
NEW YORK -- Warner Music Group Corp., home to Madonna and Linkin Park, on Friday revealed plans for an initial public offering, filing with regulators to sell up to $750 million of common stock. The company did not estimate how many shares or at what price it planned to offer its stock. Proceeds from the deal will be used to repay debt and for general corporate purposes.
Court upholds switching rules for cell numbers
WASHINGTON -- A federal court on Friday upheld the bulk of Federal Communications Commission rules that allow consumers to keep their phone numbers when they switch providers. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that smaller traditional phone companies didn't have to honor customer requests to transfer a landline number to a cell phone. The court said the agency needed to study further the impact of the new rules on small companies before the guidelines could go back into effect in those cases. The companies, which serve mainly rural areas, can still voluntarily switch home numbers to a cell phone. The ruling was one of two decisions from the appeals court Friday involving the FCC's number-switching rules. The court upheld the remainder of those rules.