The University of Missouri football team will host its first Southeastern Conference game on Saturday night, but Delta Airlines is preparing for the occasion as well.
Delta has added an extra, one-time direct flight from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport to Columbia Regional Airport on Saturday, ahead of Missouri’s matchup with the University of Georgia. An extra, nonstop flight returning to Atlanta has also been scheduled for Sunday morning.
The flights are in addition to the regular, daily flights between the airports that began in June.
Missouri has tapped a state reserve fund for cash flow purposes for the second consecutive month. The Office of Administration said Wednesday the state has borrowed $100 million from the Budget Reserve Fund, the same amount borrowed the previous month. The funds must be repaid by next May 15.
Missouri State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the reserve fund can be used if monthly revenue collections do not meet monthly expenditures.
Currently, the USDA expects the prices of beef, pork, poultry and dairy to shoot up five percent next year. You can blame the drought for a lot of that increase as this summer a lot of small livestock producers are struggling just to stay in business.
A version of this story ran on KBIA's Business Beat, a weekly program about business and economics in mid-Missouri.
If you've been out of town for a little while, then you this might be news: this rain we've been getting is a rare, rare, thing. Yes, the drought has been on our minds--and our radio--all summer long and a little rain this week doesn't change the fact that it's been devastating to farmers and the economy.
As part of a new project called “Quality Beef by the Numbers,” the University of Missouri is hoping to get more cow-calf operators in Missouri and neighboring states to produce higher-quality beef from their herds. The university says the move, announced in Columbia, Mo., last week, will make ranchers more money.
City Manager, Mike Matthes, says a 5.8 million dollar plan to use rolling trash bins is not in the budget for 2013. Columbia resident, Frankie Minor, spoke at the city council meeting on behalf of a large group of people who say they oppose the program.
“There is a lot of concern that the carts are going to sit there all day being unsightly," Minor said. "They’re going to roll down hills, elderly or people with mobility issues will not be able to manipulate them as well.”
Minor questions a plan that would replace a program many Columbia citizens are satisfied with.