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5:44 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Columbia's tech scene searches high and low for talent

"The lost little zombie," one of Rockupied's iOS games
www.rockupied.com

Compared to the rest of the country, Columbia’s economy is pretty good.  Unemployment is well below the national average.  But the numbers can also tell a different story, one where massive changes are already underway.

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Business
5:24 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Home sales up in May in Columbia, Jefferson City

AKZOPhoto Flickr

The Columbia Board of Realtors Boone County home sales statistics for May show a turn in the housing market.

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Health & Wealth
3:40 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Community health centers get new federal dollars

Jay Angoff, regional director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announces the new grants in California, Missouri.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Three community health centers in Missouri are getting new funding from the federal government. The grants announced today aim to help expand care for the medically underserved.

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Business
3:24 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Columbia startup Zapier launches publicly, moves to California

Zapier founders Wade Foster, Bryan Helmig and Mike Knoop
Zapier.com

The Columbia based tech company Zapier is less than one year old but it’s already caught the attention of Silicon Valley.

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Business
9:39 am
Wed June 20, 2012

'Columbia Imagined' forum focuses on downtown 'density'

Columbia's community development team members say they will work to set a clearer definition of the term "density" as it refers to growth downtown.
KBIA

The “density” of Columbia’s downtown areas was a key topic emerging from the fourth phase of the city’s public-input program known as “Columbia Imagined.” A slightly smaller crowd than usual gathered at Columbia city hall last night (Tuesday) to discuss the fourth phase of the planning program. Called “Where are we headed?” the discussion drew Columbia community development planners and a crowd of about 20 participants to discuss possible options for Columbia’s growth.

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Business
9:26 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Columbia city council OKs Walnut Street rezoning

The Columbia City Council has agreed to rezone two lots on Walnut Street to make way for a new apartment building.  The decision came in a vote at Monday's city council meeting, where councilmembers voted 6-1 to rezone two lots on Walnut Street near College Avenue from residential to commercial, despite protests from neighbors. 

After an earlier rezoning request was denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission, Jon and Nathan Odle, owners of the property, added two amendments to the request, including contributions to a new city bus system known as FastCAT Express. 

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Politics
9:12 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Jefferson City considers smoking rules for public housing

The Jefferson City City Council has taken on a debate about smoking in public housing.  A subcommittee of the City Council has announced a special meeting to discuss smoking regulations in public housing and whether the council has any power to change them. Several citizens from public housing and Smokefree Jefferson City asked the council earlier this month to strengthen regulations on smoking in public housing.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Voters to weigh in on state health exchange

Putting "Obamacare" on the ballot in November may help rally Republican voters.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

In the next few days, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the federal health care law. Even if the court upholds the law, one key component will be under fire here in Missouri come November. On the ballot will be a measure targeting the law's required online marketplaces, or health insurance exchanges, where individuals and small businesses can buy plans. 

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Science, Health and Technology
6:10 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Bid protest halts construction at Birds Point Levee

Greg Wathen Flickr

Restoring the Birds Point-New Madrid Levee to its original height may take a little more time.

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Education
5:44 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Truman State to consider adding sexual orientation to non-discrimination policy

Huan Truong Flickr

Truman State University’s non-discrimination policy might be changed to include sexual orientation.

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Business
4:00 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Hatches named chairman of Mo. Gaming Commission

Rupert Ganzer Flickr

The Missouri Gaming Commission has a new chairman.

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Business
11:34 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Kirksville development org. recognized for school funding

Kirksville, Missouri
david_shane flickr

Kirksville Regional Economic Development (K-REDI) was recognized by the new Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health for helping jump start the school’s funds with their initial donation. 

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Politics
9:15 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Columbia residents rally against EEZ plans

Columbia residents rallied before the Columbia city council meeting, Monday, June 18th. The rally was organized by Keep Columbia Free, a group opposed to enhanced enterprise zones in Columbia.
J. Evan Arnold KBIA

In what continues to be one of the most divisive issues in Columbia, a proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone was the topic of more public discussion and a rally at last night’s Columbia City Council meeting. 

Columbia residents rallied last night to express frustrations over the Enhanced Enterprise Zone and what they believe to be a nonresponsive municipal government.

Columbia residents have publicly voiced their opposition to the measure that is designed to bring jobs to Columbia through a series of tax credits for businesses that set up within the zone’s boundaries.

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Weather
8:59 am
Tue June 19, 2012

National Weather Service begins severe-weather text alerts

J Haymes photography Flickr

The National Weather Service may soon be texting you. It’s the latest initiative to keep people across the country up to date on severe weather, starting this week. 

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