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SSM Health Care confirms nearly 600 layoffs

Oct 15, 2013
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The parent company of St. Mary’s Health Center, SSM Health Care, has announced the details of a reorganization resulting in the elimination of 586 positions across its network of hospitals and clinics. Last week, SSM officials said the company could not confirm or deny reports of coming layoffs.

SSM cut 206 jobs in St. Louis and 10 jobs at St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City. The company owns and operates 18 hospitals in Illinois, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Missouri. Prior to the layoffs, SSM employed roughly 30,000 people – about 1,600 of which worked at St. Mary’s.

Why are there so many billboards in Missouri?

Oct 11, 2013
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This week CoMo Explained tries to answer that question all your out-of-state friends keep asking you: "What's with all the billboards around here?"

Ryan Famuliner knows the experience well: a friend drives into town to hang out for the weekend and the first thing he says is "hey, what's with the billboards advertising sex shops and strip clubs?"

Jefferson City residents using Allied Waste services will see an increase in their monthly bill. City officials met with Allied Waste Management on Monday, October 7 and approved a 3% increase to the city’s residential service costs.

The new agreement will affect all residents using Allied Waste services.  Costs will vary depending on what container the residents use. For example, people with a 64-gallon waste container will see a projected cost increase of $6.23 per year.

Moberly City Council chooses contractor for demolition projects

Oct 10, 2013

The Moberly community has slated seven condemned properties for demolition. City Council members last night voted to contract with Phil Wilson LLC for the demolition work because it had the lowest estimated cost for the work.

Mayor John Kimmons says the properties are slated for demolition to open up the properties for future development and to maintain the neighborhoods as best as possible.

"We identify residences that have been condemned or not kept up and so what we try and do is budget to take those down and improve the area and the neighborhood," Kimmons said.

This week, we’ll take a look into one state some students at giving food stamps to the unemployed.

An outbreak of salmonella linked to raw chicken is spreading across the country. As Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, the partial government shutdown could make it tougher to track.

Pilot Grove grocery store to open with community help

Oct 9, 2013

After four years without a grocery store in town, Pilot Grove has added a new multifaceted market for the community.

Twenty three investors including Laurie Beach formed a group called Pilot Grove Community Betterment. Beach contributed the land to owners Cody and Paula Tyler for the new store.

“It’s kind of like giving to your church or your cemetery,” Beach said. “You don’t really give because you want a big showing. You give because you want to keep it there and you know it’s there for you to use.”

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Missouri gas stations will not be selling E-15 anytime soon.

A joint House-Senate committee voted Wednesday to reject a rule change sought by the State Agriculture Department that would have allowed sales of fuel containing 15 percent ethanol. Republican Senator Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County chairs the committee and said its vote had nothing to do with its opinion on increasing ethanol use in Missouri.

Macon airport reopens with new runway

Oct 9, 2013
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Macon’s Fower Memorial Airport reopened after being closed for five months for the construction of a new runway. City Administrator Allan Muncy said the improvement to the airport is very important because of what a big role the airport plays to the city.

The new runway is made of concrete and is 900 feet longer than the old one. The runway will support a new jet-fuel fueling system the airport recently added and allow bigger planes to fly into the airport, like the type that small businesses own.

Missouri home to the cheapest gas in the country

Oct 7, 2013
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Missouri drivers are paying less at the pump than drivers in any other state right now. Missouri is currently home to the cheapest gas in the nation with the average gas price in the state at $3.05 per gallon.

A look at Bloomberg News

Oct 3, 2013
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While many news organizations are reducing their international operations, Bloomberg News is expanding. Bloomberg News now has nearly 200 news bureaus in 72 countries. 

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Monsanto says its financial loss widened in the agribusiness giant's fiscal fourth quarter as sales of biotech seeds dropped.

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Jefferson City based company RR Donnelley laid off close to 500 employees Tuesday after announcing the layoff in August.

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“30 Rock” fans know the phrase well: Shut it down.

Nearly all of the characters have used it at some point during the TV show’s multi season run. And now it’s echoed in real life as the federal government has gone into shutdown mode. This week we take a look at how the shutdown has affecting mid-Missouri.

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St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, the nation's largest rental car company, plans to hire 11,000 new full-time workers by the middle of next year.

The hiring is expected to be complete by July 31, and could boost the company's workforce to more than 80,000, depending on attrition.

The company plans to hire nearly 8,500 for management trainee positions, including many recent college graduates. Others will be hired for positions in information technology, administration and support roles at the company headquarters in suburban St. Louis, and in branch stores.

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A record set at one Callaway County homeless shelter could reflect a bigger problem.

Wiley House, a shelter for homeless adult men and women, had a record number of individuals stay overnight in July and August. Executive Director Brad Sheppard said the shelter has seen an increase every year since it opened in 2009, but he still didn’t expect such high numbers.

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Business owners in Sedalia say the city’s smoking ban is having an impact on their businesses. The ban, that went into effect one month ago, bans smoking inside restaurants and bars within city limits – private clubs are exempted from the ban.

At last week’s city council meeting, Sedalia council members heard from local business owners expressing concerns. Michael Gross is general manager at The Endzone Bar and Grill. He said employees are feeling the impact of the ban, which has led to changes in revenue.

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Competition between St. Louis and Chicago isn't anything new, given the long disdain between Cardinals and Cubs baseball fans. But the rivalry is now extending into a new playing field.

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has postponed its decision on issuing a permit for a proposed frac sand mine in Ste. Genevieve County.

The department’s Land Reclamation Commission voted Thursday to table its decision for two weeks so it can determine if the mine’s location would violate a federal non-discrimination act.

Columbia has fastest growing economy in Missouri

Sep 27, 2013
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The US Bureau of Economic Analysis issued rankings showing Columbia as the fastest growing economy in Missouri.

Jonesburg receives grant

Sep 26, 2013

In April, CertainTeed Corporation, which has 60 plants across the nation, chose Jonesburg, Mo., to build an asphalt roofing shingle manufacturing and distribution facility.

The small town of Jonesburg, with just more than 700 residents, is receiving major help in developing the infrastructure to support the new facility

The White House announced in a press release that the U.S. Department of Commerce is giving $1.9 million to Jonesburg.

City Administrator Gerard Ritter said this grant will keep the project process running smoothly.  

A miscalculation by Brookside apartments is costing some Columbia residents up to $35 per week.  The Downtown Leadership Council hosted a public forum Tuesday to discuss parking issues in Columbia. One full time downtown worker says he has to pay for parking daily now because Brookside residents are taking up all the free spots. Council members say Brookside estimated 25 percent of their residents would bring cars to Columbia.

Columbia Leadership Council discusses Brookside parking overflow

Sep 25, 2013
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A miscalculation by Brookside apartments is costing some Columbia residents up to $35 per week. 

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Missouri businesses could face significantly higher costs for workers' compensation insurance next year.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance projects Missouri insurers will see an 11.6 percent increase in their claim costs in 2014.

This increase is driven partly by a new Missouri law that seeks to shore up the Second Injury Fund, which is for disabled workers who suffer additional on-the-job injuries. The law shifts some types of claims out of that fund and into traditional workers' compensation insurance.

A tavern built around 1830 that was the first stopping point in the frontier days for those going west from Columbia is moving.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and some Missouri social welfare advocates are concerned about the impact of the cut on rural Missourians. SNAP, formerly food stamps, was already expected to receive a fund cut this November.

Residents of Jefferson City continue to voice their concerns with the City Council’s proposal for a new conference center.

The Council held its second public hearing on Thursday, to listen to comments on two existing proposals.

The proposals came from two different local companies, the Farmers Holding Company and the Erdhardt Hotels Group.

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It’s about that time of year when hog farmers begin the annual process of pumping a year’s worth of manure out of the pits under their barns. The nutrient-rich slurry will fertilize cropland. But there’s an ongoing problem in these pits: a mysterious foam that sometimes forms on the manure. As Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer explains, no one quite understands why gases get trapped in the pits, but the foam has been causing explosions. That’s right; this is a story about exploding manure pits.

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  This week the Como Explained team goes to Startup Weekend, the premier event for Columbia's booming (really!) tech scene:


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  Startups are an important part of any community, but they’re especially important for a city that’s adding population, but shedding jobs in sectors like manufacturing. Businesses that are being built now could be the badly needed employers of the future.

Ameren Missouri is finishing up plans to clean up property it owns in downtown Columbia that is contaminated by gas plant tars, which can contain carcinogens.

The property is in the North Village Arts District, which is attracting commercial and residential development.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Ameren's fact sheet on the cleanup says it will remove about 36,000 tons of contaminated soil but the utility has not determined where the soil would be dumped.

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