Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing

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Having A Great Time At Work? Don't Let It Show

Having too good a time at work can hurt your career, experts say.

Workers who do more than the usual amount of talking and teasing may be perceived as frivolous, indecisive and unprofessional.

"Others see them chatting and laughing and think, `They're having fun while I'm working.' Sometimes it even makes them jealous," says Patrick Langlais, director of the Denver Center for Career and Life Management.

Being seen as a workplace dilettante can count against you when company decision makers are setting raises, handing out promotions or deciding who to lay off, he added. Scripps Howard News Service

***** Laclede Gas Gets OK To Issue More Shares

The Missouri Public Service Commission has given permission to Laclede Gas Co. to issue 1.75 million shares of common stock.

Laclede said last week that it expects to complete the stock sale within 60 days and use the proceeds to repay short-term debt and improve gas distribution.

At its current stock price of $19.25, Laclede hopes to raise more about $33 million through this public offering.

***** Orders For Goods Jump

Led by demand for computers and electronic equipment, orders to U.S. factories for durable goods rebounded in March from their first decline in four months.

The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that orders for big-ticket items expected to last at least three years climbed 0.6 percent last month. They fell 0.7 percent in February.

Analysts, surprised by the March recovery, said it is a sign of business confidence and solid growth despite other indications of weakness in the economy. Associated Press

***** Plant, Pipeline Planned

BOC Gases, a New Jersey-based manufacturer of industrial gases, says it will spend $40 million to build an air separation plant in Hartford, Ill. …

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