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Business Notebook: Regional price index drops slightly in August
The Midwest's Consumer Price Index declined 0.2 percent in August, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The CPI measures the average change in prices over time of a fixed number of goods and services. In this case, it looks at all things people buy for daily living, such as food, clothing, shelter, fuels, transportation fare and medicine...
10 things to know about Alibaba's debut
China's e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are ten things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history: Alibaba raised $21.8 billion in its debut, making it the biggest U.S.-listed IPO in history after the IPO of credit card processing company Visa in 2008. ...
Consumers can guard against data breaches
NEW YORK -- Data breaches at retailers aren't going away, but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information. Home Depot said Thursday that malicious software lurking in its check-out terminals between April and September affected 56 million debit and credit cards that customers swiped at its stores. Target, Michaels and Neiman Marcus have also been attacked by hackers in the past year...
Mo. legislation would cut fees paid by businesses
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander on Wednesday announced plans for legislation to cut fees paid by Missouri businesses to the overall lowest in the country. The proposal will be pre-filed by Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, and will seek to reduce or eliminate numerous fees for new and existing businesses that must file paperwork with the secretary of state...
AT&T's Missouri chief discusses company's goals
John Sondag, president of AT&T Missouri, attended the opening of a new AT&T store in Jackson on Wednesday. He answered questions about the company locally, statewide and nationally. Note: The following answers have been edited for space constraints. ...
Business Notebook: Drury Lodge to expand in future
Dennis Vollink, president of Drury Southwest, said in the next year or two the Drury Lodge at 104 S. Vantage Drive in Cape Girardeau will be redeveloped. The question is the scope of the project, which could result in an eight- to 10-story hotel. The current facility has two stories and 140 rooms...
Will Apple's digital wallet kill the card swipe?
NEW YORK -- Apple wants the plastic credit card to become as rare as the paper check. On Tuesday, the company announced Apple Pay, a digital payment system that lets people pay for retail store purchases using their phones rather than cash or credit cards. The service, which will work both with iPhones and Apple's new Watch, is backed by a host of big retailers, along with most major banks and credit card issuers, including Visa, MasterCard and American Express...
Sponsors keep close watch on NFL probe
Major brand sponsors are watching closely to make sure the National Football League doesn't fumble the investigation into how its executives handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case. For big companies like Anheuser-Busch, General Motors and Procter & Gamble, an NFL sponsorship is a coveted prize. ...
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during August include the following: Attaboy Construction, 436 N. Frederick St. B Cape Mart Convenience Store, 238 N. Fountain St. Check Please (Pawn), 78 S. Plaza Way Clubb Creek Motors LLC, 401 S. Sprigg St...
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during August are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Bankruptcies filed through August for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
KELLER NAMED BUSINESS LIAISON AT SAINT FRANCIS Saint Francis Medical Center added Beth Keller as business liaison in the business development department. Keller will work primarily with companies and industries in Saint Francis' service area, educating them on the services available at the medical center, including the Occupational Medicine Clinic and wellness programs. ...
Names in the news
@Graphic Body:MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES David DeRousse of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, was employee of the month for August at Mondi Jackson Inc. DeRousse, a plate finisher operator, has been with the company since Oct. 10, 2000. Mondi Jackson also recognized James Beard and Robert Dirnberger for 10 years of service...
MCCORMICK'S STEAKHOUSE CLOSES KENNETT, Mo. -- McCormick's Family Dining Steakhouse closed its doors Aug. 24, the Daily Dunklin Democrat reported. Pokey McCormick opened and ran the restaurant with business partner L.C. Cuff, who died April 27. McCormick has decided to retire, and his entire family will be moving to Branson, Missouri, according to Joe Dicken, McCormick's son-in-law, who had been serving as the restaurant's acting manager. McCormick's employed 22 people...
College loan debt may be inevitable for many, but it's possible to limit amount, pay off in good time
In 2012, about 71 percent of students graduating from four-year colleges had student loan debt, according to the Institute for College Access and Success. Data from the institute also shows the average amount of debt, and the number of students with debt, increasing steadily in the past 20 years...
A healthy career: A look at how students are trained to enter health care fields in Southeast Missouri
Southeast Missouri educators who concentrate on training students to enter the health care field say the job outlook for students remains bright amid a wide array of career paths offered at area institutions, combined with an ever-increasing need for workers to provide direct patient care, medical-related management and other services...
Students come from abroad to study American business, culture and more
Jakob Pallesen was only supposed to be in the United States for two semesters, but that all changed after his arrival. "I didn't really picture myself moving away from home for good," he explains. The Danish expatriate, currently working as a researcher for Southeast Missouri State University's Institute for Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship, arrived in Cape Girardeau in 2007 after deciding he wanted to follow the example of his father and brothers by traveling.. ...
In many career fields, continuing education, training necessary to maintain competitive edge
The central tenet of the American economy is the competition that breeds change and innovation. It leaves businesspeople searching constantly for an edge, a leg up, a better way of doing things. Nathan Brown, commercial insurance producer at W.E. Walker Lakenan in Jackson, explains that continuing education is a priority for most businesses. For his, it's a combination of determining best practices and maintaining state-mandated licensing requirements...
Theresa Taylor, business teacher at Cape Central High School, discusses her work with Future Business Leaders of America
Theresa Taylor studied accounting and then education before landing a career in business education 15 years ago. For the past 13 years, she has worked at Cape Central High School as a business teacher and adviser to the Future Business Leaders of America. ...
AT&T opens new storefront in Jackson
The opening of a new AT&T store in Jackson on Wednesday is part of the company's continued commitment to the state and area, said John Sondag, president of AT&T Missouri. The authorized dealer at 2050 Walton Drive, Suite D, in front of Wal-Mart, has 11 people on staff. About 40 attended the ribbon-cutting, hosted by the Cape Girardeau and Jackson area chambers of commerce...
Business Notebook: Sudden death syndrome appears in soybean fields
Sudden death syndrome is showing up in soybean fields across the state. The disease is caused by the soil fungus Fusarium virguliforme, which first appear on upper leaves as scattered yellow blotches that increase in size, said University of Missouri Extension plant pathologist Laura Sweets. Yellow areas may turn brown, but veins remain green. As the disease advances, leaves turn brown and may curl up or fall off the plant...
Schaefer's keeps things hopping as it continues to expand
Things at Schaefer's Electrical Enclosures in Scott City don't stay the same for long. The company, which builds a variety of electrical enclosures, has been operating for almost 30 years and continues to grow. The boxes it builds protect wiring and other electrical components...
Jeans face an uncertain future amid yoga wear rage
NEW YORK -- Americans' obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin. Jeans long have been a go-to staple in closets across the country. After all, not many pieces of clothing are so comfortable they can be worn daily, yet versatile enough to be dressed up or down...
Prospects remain dim for Europe's many unemployed
WASHINGTON -- For the struggling Spanish shopkeeper or the Portuguese restaurant owner, the European Central Bank's latest economic stimulus plans won't likely provide much relief anytime soon. If ever. Confronting a stalled economy and painful unemployment across Europe, the ECB is doing what it can. ...
Ruler Foods store to open at 10 a.m. today
After months of construction and a traffic changes, the Ruler Foods at 2103 William St. is having its grand opening today . The store is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the store looked ready to go. Managers and fellow employees were seen sweeping the sidewalks and dusting the windows in preparation for the big day...
Noranda laying off up to 200, suspends expansion
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Noranda Aluminum Inc. announced Tuesday it is laying off up to 200 employees and suspending an expansion project at its Southeast Missouri smelter because state regulators refused to lower its electricity rates. The cutbacks by Noranda come less than two weeks after the Missouri Public Service Commission denied its request for a roughly 25 percent reduction in electricity rates that it pays to Ameren Missouri...
Couple's love of wine evident at The Riverhouse
History is a huge part of the business Derek and Deb Wilson have carefully cultivated. The two have a history together -- 36 years being happily married -- and now have added their own history in the form of a restaurant and wine venue at the edge of the Mississippi River in Scott City...
People on the Move 9/2/14
On Friday, Southeast Hospital announced pediatrician Chelsea Grigery has joined the medical staff at Southeast Hospital. She is affiliated with Southeast Pediatrics. Grigery grew up in Sikeston, Missouri, and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. ...
Schnuck talks grocery challenges, changes
Scott Schnuck, chairman of Schnuck Markets Inc., spoke at the United Way of Southeast Missouri's CEO Luncheon on Friday at Farraddays restaurant at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. The St. Louis-based chain was established 75 years ago, founded by Schnuck's grandmother, Anna Donovan Schnuck. The chain employs 15,000 "teammates" in 98 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin...
Business Notebook: Broadway Prescription pharmacist completes drug therapy program
It was announced Aug. 22 that Broadway Prescription Shop owner and pharmacist Kevin Wood received a national certificate for completing the Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services program. Wood finished the 21-hour course through the American Pharmacists Association while attending the annual AmerisourceBergen Thoughtspot conference in Las Vegas in July...