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11:32 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Talks continue about resuming rail service between Mexico and Fulton

Conversations about reestablishing service on the 27-mile rail line between Mexico and Fulton have been ongoing for the past decade. The line has been out of service since the late 1990’s when it failed to generate enough business to stay running. In 2007 the project became more feasible when new owner Mike Williams showed an interest in developing the line. President of the Fulton Area Development Corporation Bruce Hackmann says progress has been made but many details of the project remain unsolved.

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Business Beat
5:23 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

You've heard of ethanol, but what about enzymes?

A fermentation tank
Grant Gerlock for Harvest Public Media

This week on the show: an enzyme factory aims to be a big part of the ethanol industry, and a business incubator in Columbia lands a state tax credit.

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Business
4:46 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Columbia business incubator awarded tax credits

The Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded state tax credits to five small business incubators on Monday. The Life Science Business Incubation Center in Columbia was awarded a $100,000 in tax credits.

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Business
10:32 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Missouri joins job network to connect students to careers

Missouri students are expected to see a change in career guidance in school as part of a new initiative to better prepare students for their future. Missouri is one of six states that joined the Pathways for Prosperity Network this week.

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Business
8:34 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Columbia regional airport moves toward goals

Pylon 575 Flckr

Columbia Regional Airport is getting close to its goal of raising a half a million dollars from the private sector. The money would be used to try to land another connecting flight to the airport.

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Business
1:32 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Columbia nonprofit gets praise from Housing Authority

Located in and around the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center downtown, the Moving Ahead program aims to nurture resiliency to substance abuse and gang involvement in Columbia’s youth. Along with doubling their enrollment and receiving its State Licensing this year, teacher reports from April indicate impressive academic performance from the students. CEO of the Columbia Housing Authority, Phil Steinhaus says he attributes the program’s success to a grant they received from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Business Beat
5:44 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Talent pool not yet caught up with local tech industry

Outside of Museao, the shared workspace owned by the League of Innovators
Museao

This week on Business Beat: an active tech industry in Columbia is seeing a talent deficiency in some areas. Plus, a jump in home sales in Mid-Missouri.

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Business
5:44 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Columbia's tech scene searches high and low for talent

"The lost little zombie," one of Rockupied's iOS games
www.rockupied.com

Compared to the rest of the country, Columbia’s economy is pretty good.  Unemployment is well below the national average.  But the numbers can also tell a different story, one where massive changes are already underway.

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Business
5:24 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Home sales up in May in Columbia, Jefferson City

AKZOPhoto Flickr

The Columbia Board of Realtors Boone County home sales statistics for May show a turn in the housing market.

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Business
3:24 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Columbia startup Zapier launches publicly, moves to California

Zapier founders Wade Foster, Bryan Helmig and Mike Knoop
Zapier.com

The Columbia based tech company Zapier is less than one year old but it’s already caught the attention of Silicon Valley.

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Business
9:39 am
Wed June 20, 2012

'Columbia Imagined' forum focuses on downtown 'density'

Columbia's community development team members say they will work to set a clearer definition of the term "density" as it refers to growth downtown.
KBIA

The “density” of Columbia’s downtown areas was a key topic emerging from the fourth phase of the city’s public-input program known as “Columbia Imagined.” A slightly smaller crowd than usual gathered at Columbia city hall last night (Tuesday) to discuss the fourth phase of the planning program. Called “Where are we headed?” the discussion drew Columbia community development planners and a crowd of about 20 participants to discuss possible options for Columbia’s growth.

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Business
9:26 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Columbia city council OKs Walnut Street rezoning

The Columbia City Council has agreed to rezone two lots on Walnut Street to make way for a new apartment building.  The decision came in a vote at Monday's city council meeting, where councilmembers voted 6-1 to rezone two lots on Walnut Street near College Avenue from residential to commercial, despite protests from neighbors. 

After an earlier rezoning request was denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission, Jon and Nathan Odle, owners of the property, added two amendments to the request, including contributions to a new city bus system known as FastCAT Express. 

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Business
4:00 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Hatches named chairman of Mo. Gaming Commission

Rupert Ganzer Flickr

The Missouri Gaming Commission has a new chairman.

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Business
11:34 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Kirksville development org. recognized for school funding

Kirksville, Missouri
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Kirksville Regional Economic Development (K-REDI) was recognized by the new Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health for helping jump start the school’s funds with their initial donation. 

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Business
8:16 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Habitat for Humanity marks start of new Columbia community

Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Boone County National Bank gathered to open a new Columbia community, Friday, June 15th
Krystal Slusher KBIA

Habitat for Humanity and Boone County National Bank have officially kicked off work on a new multi-home development for Columbia families in need. A Friday ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the start of the new community.

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Business
5:00 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Boone County exploring ways to fund Route Z bridge construction

Boone County is trying to find funds for a construction project to widen lanes on the Route Z bridge over Interstate 70.

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Business Beat
5:52 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Language and agriculture

Jamie Pudenz wants to own a cow-calf operation, but he's worried the current political climate will have adverse effects on production agriculture.
Sandhya Dirks Harvest Public Media

A war over words is part of a bigger struggle between agriculture interests and their critics. Plus, a national report looks at agriculture research grants from private corporations to land grant Universities, including MU.

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Business
5:43 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

AmeriCorps expanding for Joplin recovery

Matt Evans KBIA

The national service group AmeriCorps plans to boost its volunteer force helping Joplin rebuild from the deadly May 2011 tornado.

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business
2:44 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Mo. AG Koster warns of 'smishing' scam targeting smart phones

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 5:43 pm

The Missouri Attorney General’s office is warning the public of a new scam that’s targeting smartphone and cellphone users.

The scam is known as "smishing," and it involves text messages telling recipients that they’ve won prizes or gift cards from big-name retailers such as Wal-Mart or Costco and instructs them to claim them by clicking on a link.  Attorney General Chris Koster (D) says clicking the link will infect phones with malware that gives identity thieves access to personal information.

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Business
1:03 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Ashland considering a downtown district

Downtown Ashland
http://www.ashlandmo.us

The Ashland Planning and Zoning Commission has updated a proposal to create a downtown district. The expanded zone includes more businesses than the original 2009 plan. The proposal would establish architectural standards for a uniformed downtown area. 

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Business
5:59 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Missouri payroll jobs fall by 7,300 in May

Missouri officials say the state lost about 7,300 non-farm payroll jobs in May, even as the state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.3 percent.

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Business
5:55 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Moberly airport rennovations completed

New renovations to the Moberly’s Omar Bradley Airport are complete and will be revealed to the community tonight.

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Business
5:29 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Columbia Downtown Community Improvement District Board to vote on Tiger Town street closure

Plans in Columbia for a downtown tailgating event at MU’s Friday home football games are beginning to take shape.

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Business
5:22 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

ASNE names former Post-Dispatch editor as director

The former editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is the new executive director of the American Society of News Editors.

The ASNE announced the hiring Monday of Arnie Robbins, who stepped down last month after 15 years at the newspaper, including more than six years as editor. He begins work with ASNE on July 9 as the organization moves to the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, from Washington.

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Business
6:05 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Some rural Mid-MO post offices get reprieve

Austin Fax KBIA

With rural postal offices across the nation closing down, three central Missouri offices have received relatively good news – they’ll remain open but with reduced hours.

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Business Beat
5:53 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

MU Genetics research could lead to better beef, profits for breeders

A researcher at the University of Missouri is trying to find a way to track the most productive cattle to predict future profits. Plus, a quick update on the rise in Missouri’s state revenue last month, and what that might mean for state funding levels.

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Business
5:39 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Missouri's economy lagged nation's in 2011

Missouri’s Gross Domestic Product growth was stagnant in 2011. That’s according to a new report released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, or BEA.

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Business
5:25 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Ameren, Westinghouse, regulators talk nuclear energy expansion plan

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 9:09 am

Executives from Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse presented their plans today to the state Public Service Commission for pursuing grants to build small nuclear reactors.

The two companies have teamed up to pursue up to $452 million from Washington to build up to five Small Modular Reactors, or SMR’s, at Ameren’s Callaway County plant Joseph Zwetolitz is President of the Americas division of Westinghouse.  He says SMR’s would be safer than the traditional nuclear reactor.

“This reactor is almost entirely underground, which provides an additional level of safety, with regards to potential postulated accidents, deliberate attacks, tornadoes, those kind of things," Zwetolitz said.

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Business
7:58 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Regulators OK new boundaries at Lake of the Ozarks

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 10:33 am

CORRECTION: We incorrectly referred to Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's press secretary as "Steve Schwartz" in an earlier version of this post. His name is Steve Walsh. We apologize for the error.

Updated at 3:12 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. with more details.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today approved Ameren Missouri's plan to reduce the amount of land the company owns and manages along the shoreline of the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Business
3:31 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Historic MU B&B serves up 10000th breakfast

Carly Sedberry KBIA

Columbia’s The Gathering Place celebrated its 10,000th breakfast served as a student-run facility.

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