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1:44 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Blue Note, Mojo's sold to Wisconsin group

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After 34 years of owning and operating two of Columbia's major entertainment venues, Richard King announced Wednesday he is selling The Blue Note and Mojo's to Majestic Live LLC of  Madison, Wisconsin.

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Business
8:10 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Hot Dogs And Socks: Exploring Crowdfunding In St. Louis

Don Schroeder is a regular at Steve's Hot Dogs and recently gave to the restaurant's crowd-funding effort for a second location in Tower Grove East.

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 5:27 pm

With items on the menu like the Storm Trooper Dog, the Al Hra-BRAT-ski and the Crazy Cajun Creole dog, it's clear that Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill considers its fare more than hot dogs.

"I could eat the entire menu," regular Don Schroeder laughed.

He hesitated before ordering but finally chose the Bacon, Bacon Jamaican, a smoked hot dog covered with cheese, peppers and sweet chipotle sauce. 

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Business
7:57 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Using fireworks sales to give back to Boonville ... with a bang

Boonville's Fireworks For Life aims to raise money for the community through fireworks sales.
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Fireworks for Life is an organization based out of Boonville that aims to give back to the community through the sale of fireworks.

Jim Edwards, founder of the organization, has been in the fireworks business for nearly his entire life. 7 years ago, his son needed a liver transplant that would cost $30,000. The local community came together and rose over $25,000 to help alleviate the burden and contributed to a successful operation. That's when Edwards came up with the idea to use his fireworks stand to help raise money for the community as a way to pay it forward.

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Business
3:37 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Ameren Missouri hoping to raise utility rates by 9.7%

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Missouri's largest power company is seeking approval for a $264 million rate increase.

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Views of the News
1:54 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Apple CEO outed on CNBC

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The gaffe came during a discussion with New York Times columnist Jim Stewart, who was on "Squawk Box" talking about his piece dealing with corporate culture and gay executives. Co-anchor Simon Hobbs commented on what he believed to be public information, and turned out to be the opposite.  Missouri School of Journalism professors Amanda Hinnant, Jim Flink and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Business
5:52 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Compressed natural gas station should be finished by the end of July

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           The end of July will bring natural gas to Columbia. Columbia’s first compressed natural gas, or CNG, station is expected to be completed late this month but not all are in favor of the impact the project will make.

The plan to build a natural gas station started last September when the Columbia City Council approved a 15-year contract with Clean Energy, a natural gas provider.

The station will available for public use, but it will especially impact fleet operations in Columbia because some public vehicles are being converted to run on natural gas.

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Business
8:25 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Jefferson City fire station expected to open within weeks

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The construction of a new fire station in Jefferson City is nearly complete and is expected to be in use within a matter of weeks.

The fire station on Industrial Drive that had stood for almost 50 years will soon make way for a new $2.2 million facility on Rock Hill Road.

It will be called fire station number three.

Jefferson City Fire Chief Jason Turner said there are several benefits the new facility will offer, including bunk rooms for female firefighters. 

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Business
5:58 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

New Jefferson City fire station almost ready for use

The construction of a new fire station in Jefferson City is nearly complete and is expected to be in use within a matter of weeks.

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Business
5:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Airport fund untouched for 15th straight month

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The City of Columbia and the Columbia Regional Airport announced that they didn't take money from the Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund for the 15th straight month. 

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Business
3:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

No health risk found at Bridgeton complex

The Environmental Protection Agency says preliminary radiation screening results showed no public health risk at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex.

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Business
4:10 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Sustainable bus shelters are being discussed in Columbia

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The city of Columbia plans to begin its new configuration of bus routes on August 4. The expansion to the public transit system has the city looking into the possibility of adding new sustainable bus shelters along the new routes.

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Business
5:43 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Missouri to allow Sunday motorcycle sales

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Missouri consumers will soon be able to buy motorcycles on Sundays.

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Views of the News
9:06 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Native advertising works for Netflix, NYT

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  The New York Times has launched a multimedia report -- complete with video, audio and interactive graphics -- on what life is like for women in our federal prison system.  It is native advertising, paid for by Netflix, as a promotion for its hit series, Orange is the New Black. Missouri School of Journalism professors Margaret Duffy, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

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Business
5:30 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

President of Regional Economic Development, Inc. to retire

The Columbia business landscape hasn't always been as commercial as it is now.  Mike Brooks has been a fixture in the city's business outlook for five years, but that reign is coming to an end as Brooks announced his retirement from Regional Economic Development Incorporated (REDI) Wednesday.

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Business
5:11 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Missouri unemployment unchanged last month

A decrease in jobless claims has led to the end of a Missouri extended benefits program.
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A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.6 percent last month while employers expanded payrolls by a net of 3,700 jobs.

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Business
4:46 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Missouri Development Finance Board Approves $15 Million In Tax Credits For Museum Under Gateway Arch

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 4:30 pm

A state-run board has signed off on using tax credits to help cover the cost of renovating a museum on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.

The Missouri Development Finance Board voted via conference call Tuesday for up to $15 million in incentives, which would be used to cover half the cost of private donations that total around $30 million. Those donations and the incentives would go toward renovating the Museum of Westward Expansion beneath the Gateway Arch. 

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Business
3:07 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Local nonprofit sends final shipment to Georgia (for now)

Patricia Blair and Mel West present the final shipment of aid to be sent to Georgia. ACTS has shipped 2,800 containers to Georgia as part of Operation Provide Hope.
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A Call To Serve International sent their final shipment of aid to the country of Georgia Thursday, unless it can find other funding. ACTS has been sending aid to the country for 22 years through the U.S. State Department’s Operation Provide Hope. ACTS has sent medical supplies and books, baby quilts, wheelchairs and food to Georgia since 1992, when Georgia was cut off from resources provided by the former Soviet Union.

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Business
2:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Lawsuit aims to halt development near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Hikers might see muddy streams and broken rock when they walk through Columbia’s Rock Bridge State Park. 

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Business
8:07 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Sudden closure of downtown Columbia venue could impact community music scene

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The sudden closure of a downtown Columbia bar has set off speculation on social media and raised questions in the community. The Blue Fugue, located on S. 9th St. in Columbia,  has been a staple to the city’s music scene, hosting a variety of live bands and DJs, including its Friday night “Fire N Ice” Latin dance parties.

But the owners of the bar have yet to confirm that the venue has officially closed.

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9:22 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Columbia Missourian's new survey pay model

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  The Columbia Missourian announced it is dropping its paywall revenue model, replacing it with a new survey model. Readers will be able to access content -- and share it on social media -- after taking a short Google survey. Missouri School of Journalism faculty Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink discuss the issue.

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Business
4:21 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Area Southeast of Town Set for Rezoning

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Columbia residents might start noticing some changes in the land southeast of town.

The planning and zoning commission approved a zoning request from Crockett Engineering last night at City Hall.

The motion of approval will now be forwarded to the City Council.

The request asked the city to annex roughly 130 acres of mostly woodlands at the southeast corner of Route K and Old Plank Road.

Crockett applied for permanent zoning for the land for a large one-family dwelling district and a planned unit development.

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Business
4:37 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Missouri Innovation Center CEO announced

Bill Turpin
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The Missouri Innovation Center has appointed a new leader. The MIC hired Bill Turpin as president and CEO to take over for retiring CEO Jake Halliday June 23. 

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Business
4:12 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Intelligence agency to replace St. Louis site

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A secret government agency that helped coordinate the hunt for Osama bin Laden plans to build a new facility in the St. Louis area to replace its aging home south of downtown.

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Business
8:15 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Columbia Missourian to drop paywall, move to surveys

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The Columbia Missourian has ended its 24-hour viewing paywall and moved on to a new survey format created through a program by Google.

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Business
3:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Missouri revenues falling short of projections

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Missouri appears increasingly likely to finish its budget year with less revenue than had been expected.

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Business
5:52 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

City of Columbia Files Eminent Domain Request

 

  The city of Columbia wants to expand Columbia Regional Airport, but one landowner is refusing  to sell some of the land the airport needs. The city requires 58 acres to expand the runways at Columbia Regional. They successfully came to terms to purchase 53 acres from other owners.  

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Business
2:57 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Snapchat CEO's Emails Didn't Disappear, Come Back To Shame Him

Evan Spiegel of Snapchat attends TechCrunch Disrupt in September. Responding to the release this week of emails from his not-so-distant fraternity days, Spiegel says they "in no way reflect who I am today or my views towards women."
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Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 2:19 pm

We are in the midst of a realignment in the global economy, a new machine age in which technology is disrupting nearly every industry in the world. And who are the hot young stars of this great realignment?

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Business
8:10 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Columbia attempts to acquire farmland through eminent domain, in planned airport expansion

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The city of Columbia has filed a petition for eminent domain to acquire about 5 acres of farmland it needs to extend the main runway at the Columbia Regional Airport.

Assistant City Counselor Cavanaugh Noce says the city was unable to negotiate a selling price with the trustee of a fund that owns the land northeast of Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the parcel is part of about 58 acres the city is acquiring for the project. The city has been able to negotiate a selling price with the owners of the rest of the land.

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Business
4:43 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Ameren progresses in cleanup of downtown Columbia site

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Crews have removed about 18,000 tons of contaminated soil from a downtown Columbia site contaminated with possible carcinogens from a former manufactured gas plant.

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8:06 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Columbia city council members scrap old Opus agreement, and opt for new plan

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The Columbia Missourian reports this morning that city council members voted 5-1 last night on a new plan with The Opus Group.
COLUMBIA - Moments after Opus Development Co.'s stalled downtown student-housing project passed for a second time, residents congregated in the Daniel Boone City Building lobby to sign a petition to repeal the bill. The Columbia City Council passed a development agreement with the St.

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