Protestors took the sidewalk on Thursday demanding higher wages and the ability to form a union for the 2300 Fast-food workers in Columbia.
In more than 100 cities across the country, protests brought together various industry workers asking for a higher, more livable wage and the ability to form unions.
Passersby honk as a group of protestors chant "We cannot survive on $7.35" in front of the Burger King on Business Loop-70 in Columbia. Standing in 20 degree weather, the protestors demand higher wages and the ability to form a union.
CoMo Cares, the non-profit organization that helps children five years old and younger, started operating for the first time at its new location Wednesday. The organization is designed to help struggling parents receive resources like diapers, bottles and clothing.
Executive director Sabrina Lambrecht expanded the organization from her basement to a new facility off of Paris Road. CoMo Cares has already helped 150 children. Mothers like Jasmine Williams, are taking advantage of the resources.
MFA Oil announced this afternoon it has been approved to purchase property in Moberly that would have housed the Mamtek facility. MFA officials could not comment on the sale price, but say a bankruptcy court has approved the sale of the 33 acre property.
Corey Mehaffy is the President of Moberly Area Economic Development. He said the city is looking forward to assisting MFA in preparing the facility for use after the previous trouble the city had with the space.
A new lawsuit is seeking $30 million from an investment banking firm and 10 employees because of a failed factory project in central Missouri.
Morgan Keegan, which has merged with Raymond James Financial Inc., was the underwriter in 2010 for a $39 million bond issue for a failed artificial sweetener factory for Mamtek US Inc. in Moberly. Construction on the factory stopped in August 2011 when Mamtek failed to make a required bond payment.
The expansion of a bio technology start-up company in Columbia is expected to create 50 new jobs within five years. Nanova Biomaterials, Inc.’s expansion includes $1.5 million in capital investment.
The research and development company uses nanotechnology to manufacture orthopedic and dental products, such as dental fillings and bone screws. Its parent company was founded in 2007 by a group of four researchers, two of whom are from the University of Missouri.
The city of Moberly made a Yahoo Homes top ten list of the nation’s cheapest markets for family homes. The report says the average listing of a four bedroom, two bathroom house is just under 100 thousand dollars. In comparison, the most expensive place to buy a home in the U.S. is Malibu, California which has an average price of more than 2 million dollars.
Director for the Moberly Chamber of Commerce Debbie Miller says Moberly is an affordable place to live because it is predominantly a rural area; but, the city is in close proximity to larger metro areas.