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FULTON, Mo. (AP) — Federal officials are delaying a decision on issuing a 20-year extension for the Callaway County nuclear power plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the decision is on hold pending an administrative hearing on an environmental group's legal challenge regarding spent fuel rod storage.

Veterans United makes substantial donation

Dec 12, 2014
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Veterans United Home Loans announced Thursday a $1 million dollar donation to the organization Welcome Home for the housing of Columbia's homeless veterans. The donation was made by the corporation on behalf of the employees. The former Deluxe Inn on Business Loop 70 East will be renovated into a campus with 25 on-site apartments known as Patriot Place.

Veterans United President of Strategic Operations Greg Steinhoff presented the check and says the donation is huge for supporting veterans.

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A new ordinance to "Ban the Box" was passed with a unanimous vote by the Columbia City Council last week. The ordinance is designed to make it easier for people with prior criminal backgrounds to compete in the job market. KBIA's Ashley Reese sat in on the council meeting and has more on how the council came to their decision and what this new ordinance means for Columbia. 

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Bread Basket Cafe II, located on 8th Street and Elm, will be closing its doors on Saturday, December 13.

News of BBC II's closing was met with surprise and sadness from staff and regulars at the restaurant, including Server Taylor Baker.

"I am so sad. Not only is it a great place to hang out, we have kind of become a family here and even the regulars too," Baker said. "It is definitely one of my favorite places to be."

Baker said she was called in late last week for the announcement, but not given much more detail other than the date.

Plainclothes Columbia police officers have started issuing tickets to drivers with Internet ride-sharing company Uber.

Demonstrators protest in front of the White House in support of Net Neutrality
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In the late '90s when most around the world were still waking up to the internet, the Department of Justice and Microsoft were preparing to go head-to-head in a case many thought would define the future of software and digital commerce. Today’s net neutrality debate stands to have a similar impact, but will technical compliance regulations really deliver the equal access proponents insist it will?

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Food trucks will serve customers during new hours in The North Village Arts District. The current city bill allows food trucks to operate at the Wabash Station between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 3 a.m., but starting December 5 the temporary waiver will allow the trucks to serve customers on Friday evenings from 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. during the district's First Friday events.

Mark Risch is the owner of the CoMo Dough Pizza truck and said he is looking forward to working the events.

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Larger American Airline planes will start flying out of Columbia Regional Airport to Chicago and Dallas early next year.

"Our airport does appear to be expanding and we are very happy about that. That's been our objective and that's been the objective of the mayor and the Council all along," Airport Advisory Board member Leon Hoffsette said.

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After the launch of CoMo Connect this summer, public transit ridership in Columbia jumped about 11 percent according to the Columbia Public Works Department. However, public transit remains a problem for the city, with long waiting times and limited evening and weekend services. Missouri Business Alert’s Tatiana Darie looks into why this is happening and what efforts are being made to improve it.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's revenues are up more than 3 percent so far this fiscal year but the state's budget chief says that's not enough to pay for all of Missouri's expenses.

Revenue figures released Tuesday show individual income tax collections are up 5.5 percent and sales tax collections increased 2.6 percent from July through November.

City Council postpones Uber ordinance vote

Dec 2, 2014
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The Columbia City Council decided to hold off on voting on an ordinance that would affect the ride-share service Uber, which began operation in Columbia on October 9th.

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  Mayor Bob McDavid announced in a press conference Monday that a new Bombardier CRJ-700 jet aircraft will be facilitating the current nonstop daily routes to Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth at the Columbia Regional Airport.

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The state of Missouri is extending a program to offer no-interest loans to small businesses in and near Ferguson damaged by recent violent protests.

The office of Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday outlined a $625,000 pool of loan money for businesses damaged by looting in Ferguson, Jennings, Dellwood and other nearby cities hit by vandals after the Monday night announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury decided to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's shooting death.

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators have disrupted business at a large suburban St. Louis shopping mall to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.

At least 200 protesters gathered on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday at the Galleria mall in Richmond Heights, about 10 miles south of Ferguson.

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis County chapter of the NAACP passed out Thanksgiving turkeys Thursday for those who lost jobs due to the rioting in Ferguson.

Jessica Hentoff has gone all the way to Israel to bring people of markedly different perspectives together. This summer, Hentoff, artistic and executive director of Circus Harmony, took members of her tumbling group, the St. Louis Arches, to the Middle East. There, the Arches joined with Arab and Israeli youth from the Galilee Circus, where they work and learned together, setting aside religious, political and cultural differences.

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  Karl Stefanovic, the anchor of Australia’s Today Show, wanted to see if anyone would notice if he wore the same blue suit for a year. No one noticed! Meanwhile, if his co-host wore the same outfit more than once a week, she got critical emails and calls from viewers. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

Boonville plant to close in 2015

Nov 21, 2014

250 jobs will be eliminated at the NORDYNE Plant in Boonville, Missouri in the beginning of 2015.

An executive of the app-based ride-sharing company, unhappy with critical media coverage, suggested it should dig up personal information about journalists and make it public. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

Skincare is a big business worldwide and a Columbia firm is looking to cash in with its own answer to the effects of aging and wear. Missouri Business Alert's Steven Benna reports on how Columbia's Eternogen Aesthetics is trying to bring its collagen replenishment product to the market.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The unrest in Ferguson over Michael Brown's death has caused some organizations to rethink holding their conventions in the St. Louis region.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Church of God in Christ's annual convention has contributed millions of dollars to the St. Louis economy.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's unemployment has dropped slightly to its lowest rate since June 2008.

The state Department of Economic Development released data Tuesday showing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 6.3 percent in September to 5.9 percent in October.

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  Lake Ozark is now considering putting regulations in place so that taxi cabs are more readily identified and have consistent rates.

  Jake Gyllenhaal's character in the new movie 'Nightcrawler,' makes a name for himself shooting videos of crime scenes and selling them to news channels...but how much of that happens in real life? Missouri School of Journalism professors Jim Flink, Jamie Grey and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

Kraft Foods plant in Kirksville to elminate 275 jobs

Nov 13, 2014

In a memo to employees the Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer  stated it would phase out bacon production in Kirksville and move production to another plant in Ohio.

Joyce Hodel, a spokesperson at Kraft Foods, told KBIA in an email that they are looking at bringing in other production to their Kirksville facility, but they don’t have anything firm to share at this time.

Carolyn Chrisman, director of economic development in Kirksville, is worried about the potential loss of 275 jobs.

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Say cheese! That’s what Columbia-based Nanova Biomaterials Incorporated is doing after the Food and Drug Administration approved their first product, a dental varnish, in October. Missouri Business Alert’s Kaitlin Rounds and Yizhu Wang report on the company and its plans for growth.   

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  Missouri regulators are hearing evidence on whether a high-voltage power line should be built across the northern part of the state.

The Public Service Commission began hearings Monday on a request by Clean Line Energy Partners to build the power line from the state's western border near St. Joseph to the eastern border near Hannibal.

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  Missouri Lottery officials say the person who bought a winning $202.6 million Powerball ticket has yet to come forward.

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Low-income Missourians now can apply for help to pay their heating bills.

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Missouri is known for its agricultural interest in cash crops, but some farmers are beginning to invest in something other than soybeans, corn and hogs. Missouri Business Alert’s Matt Zuzolo reports on niche specialty crops that are turning heads and making money for farmers.

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