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Secretary of State Jason Kander has issued an alert to investors, warning them to be wary of fraudulent schemes.

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American Airlines and the City of Columbia announced today that it didn’t have to pay any money out of the Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund in March 20-13.

Moberly City Council approves rennovation plan

Apr 19, 2013
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The revamped Moberly City Council didn’t wait long to begin making changes to their city.

The council recently approved an ordinance to put close to thirty thousand dollars toward repairs to city hall. The damages to the building occurred when mid-Missouri was hit by large amounts of snow back in February.

The MU Thompson Center held its eighth annual Autism Intervention Conference in Columbia this morning.

A thunderstorm producing hail and capable of tornadoes hit the Mid-Missouri area on Wednesday evening. While Columbia experienced minimal power outages, citizens of Monroe, Missouri had no power Thursday morning.

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In a room with a checkered floor that glows eerily under blacklights, games ranging from Pac-Man to newer, shooter games line the walls.

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Gluten-free diets. They bar most beers, breads and cakes among other foods, because they contain wheat, rye and barley. The trendy diet is wildly popular today which is surprising, given that experts estimate only about 1 percent of the U.S. population suffers from Celiac disease, the disorder that causes their immune systems to reject the pesky gluten. But as Harvest Public Media’s Abbie Fentress Swanson reports, this diet fad and others are largely driven by Americans’ growing appetite for food solutions to their health woes.

REDI doesn't support removal of Columbia postal center

Apr 12, 2013

The Board of Directors of Regional Economic Development Inc., or REDI, says it’s not ready for the U.S. Postal Service to cut jobs in Columbia.

The Postal Service currently is considering moving 42 of 133 Columbia postal employees to Kansas City or St. Louis, or possibly shutting the Columbia center down entirely.

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Some Missourians may be eligible to have someone else prepare their tax returns…for free. 

Missouri is one of 21 states and the District of Columbia that participates in State Free File, a program that partners with tax preparation services to provide free help for people who meet specific income and age requirements.  

The Missouri Department of Revenue website lists seven online tax service providers they have agreements with, each with its own specific eligibility requirements for free tax preparation.

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Before the American Revolution, before the Civil War, before Lewis and Clark came through here, a huge tree has been standing in central Missouri, growing to 90-feet tall. The beloved bur oak – which everybody calls "The Big Tree" -- has survived floods, lightning strikes and all kinds of punishments during her 350 years on the prairie. But, as Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe reports, last year’s record drought was especially hard on the Big Tree.

New rail transfer facility helps businesses in Washington, Mo.

Apr 8, 2013

Gov. Jay Nixon says a new rail transfer facility in eastern Missouri has already helped local employers expand.

Nixon was in Washington, Mo., on Monday to help dedicate the $4.2 million rail transfer project.

Nixon says the project helped two local businesses expand their operations and create about 330 jobs. He was joined at the event by officials from those businesses — CG Power Systems and Canam Steel.

Mail service in Columbia could slow down

Apr 8, 2013
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Columbia residents may soon have to wait a little bit longer for their mail to arrive.

The U.S. Postal Service has put together an Area Mail Processing proposal to move some operations, including 91 Columbia jobs, to St. Louis and Kansas City. This is in large part due to a decrease of 53 billion pieces of mail during the past seven years, a fourth of the overall volume.

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced today in a press release that it is going to delay the closures of 149 air traffic control towers across the country by about a month, including the one at Columbia Regional Airport.

TEDxCoMo returns to town Saturday

Apr 5, 2013
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TED, a nonprofit group devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” comes to Columbia Saturday for the third time.

This year, TEDxCoMo will feature 18 speakers from around the nation that will focus on the power of feedback.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is taking action against a financial management company connected to the failed Mamtek artificial sweetener plant in mid-Missouri.

In his role as Secretary of State Jason Kander also serves as Missouri’s chief securities regulator.

He’s accusing Morgan Keegan, a Memphis-based firm of helping defraud Missourians based on a list of falsehoods, including the claim the Mamtek held several production patents.  

New Columbia branding campaign is unexpectable

Apr 4, 2013

Updated 5:25 p.m. with video and comment from the CVB.

Today the Columbia Visitors Bureau unveiled its new branding campaign for the city. The tagline? "Columbia, MO: What you unexpect."

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  While the rest of the country moons over The Veronica Mars Kickstarter, Columbia has been slowly warming to the crowdfunding website. In 2012 there were only 21 successful Kickstarter projects in Columbia. Rarer still are Kickstarters that fund businesses. Missouri Business Alert notes:

Schnucks customers dismayed by credit card breach

Mar 29, 2013

Many customers of the Schnucks grocery chain are upset about the credit card fraud that has victimized dozens of people. Investigators told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they continue to receive complaints from Schnucks customers.

It still isn't clear how the security breach occurred. For now, investigators are telling people who shop at Schnucks to pay with cash or checks.

Coming up we’ll delve into a small school district trying to get a bond passed for the third time.

But first, grain elevators across the country store billions of bushels of farm products like corn and wheat. They’re a staple of rural communities. But the dust that piles up in grain storage facilities is highly combustible – it can be six times more explosive than gun powder. Just one spark can send a blast that will shake the ground for miles.

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Despite the winter storm, postal workers rallied against the proposed removal of Saturday deliveries.

Workers and supporters sloshed around in front of the Post Office’s main branch in downtown St. Louis, carrying signs that read “Missourians for 6 Day.”

“These people understand the importance of their job, the importance of delivering six days a week, and the role that we play in the community,” said Kevin Boyer, Missouri state president of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

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Whole Foods Market recently announced that by 2018, all products in its U-S and Canadian stores containing genetically modified organisms will be clearly labeled as such. The decision by the grocery chain -- which has been labeling some products as non-GMO for years now -- has pushed this strongly debated food labeling issue into the shopping aisle.

The real action, though, is heating up in state legislatures across the country. Harvest Public Media’s Abbie Fentress Swanson explains.

Not many of us are chemists.

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The U.S. Postal service is considering a plan that would send all of the first class mail sent from Mid-Missouri through Kansas City or St. Louis, instead of Columbia.

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Administrators at local and regional agencies that aid low-income Missourians say they are keeping an eye on the impact of the sequester, or across-the-board federal spending cuts, and they fear the cuts could negatively impact their agencies. 

While many questions about the impact of sequestration rollout remain, Missouri's Community Action Agencies are expecting an all-around 5 percent budget cut due to the federal sequestration.  This could mean serious cutbacks to several services provided by the agency.

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Following recent discussions on budget shortfalls in Jefferson City and the resignation of two city employees, officials there say they have a plan that avoids layoffs of city staff.

Jason Truner named Jefferson City interim fire chief

Mar 8, 2013
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Jefferson City announced Jason Turner as its interim fire chief in the wake of longtime Fire Chief Bob Rennick’s retirement.

Grow Mid-Missouri hosts Startfest for entrepreneurs

Mar 8, 2013
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Moberly’s Grow Mid-Missouri program is calling for entrepreneurs throughout Missouri to voice their product ideas and promote their businesses.

How one enzyme manufacturer catalyzed success

Mar 8, 2013
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Researchers Katie and Brian Thompson of the University of Missouri took the plunge to start a company a few years ago.  They relocated to the Missouri Innovation Center in Columbia, which provides them office space and mentorship support. The husband and wife team developed a technology that stabilizes enzymes.  They created a platform technology, which has applications in many industries. 

True False Fest is like Christmas for CoMo businesses

Mar 8, 2013
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Some downtown Columbia business owners are saying their businesses saw some of the biggest crowds they've ever had during last weekend's True False Film Fest. And some business owners are already considering advertising and promotion plans for next year’s festival.

This year’s festival sold a record 40,000 tickets. 

Columbia city officials are considering upcoming improvements and funding for the Columbia Regional Airport.  The airport was a focal point for discussion at last night's (Monday) city council meeting in Columbia. Council members heard from Mayor Bob McDavid on proposed improvements to the airport and what those changes might mean for the city.  A possible new terminal and funding for the air traffic control tower are under consideration. 

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