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4:42 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Columbia's airport tower gets an extra month (but still slated to close)

Credit File Photo / KBIA

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.

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2:20 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

TEDxCoMo returns to town Saturday

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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.

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Business
8:07 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Kander announces legal action over Mamtek failure

(Mo. Sec. Of State website)

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 12:04 pm

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.  

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Business
2:07 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

New Columbia branding campaign is unexpectable

The new slogan from the Columbia Visitor's Bureau

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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Business
5:22 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

A food truck for shoes finds success with Kickstarter

A design for Stadium Shoes
Credit Nathan Fleischmann

  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:

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Business
9:05 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Schnucks customers dismayed by credit card breach

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Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 8:20 am

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.

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Business Beat
6:01 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Grain elevator explosions; school bond on ballot for third time

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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Business
8:10 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Despite storm, postal workers rally for Saturday delivery

Postal workers came out in the snow and slush to rally for Saturday delivery, shown here at a St. Louis rally, Sunday, March 24.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

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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Business Beat
5:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

GMO labeling and possible answer to end meth labs

Zephrex-D is produced by Westport Pharmaceuticals, a suburban St. Louis company. Westport officials say the pseudoephedrine product is tamper-resistant, meaning it cannot be used to make meth.
Credit Maria Altman / St. Louis Public Radio

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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Business
4:50 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Study could reroute mail processing out of Columbia

KBIA

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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Business
1:21 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

State community action agencies, Head Start fear sequester impact

Students attend Head Start through the South Central Missouri Community Action Agency
Credit Photo provided by Missouri Association for Community Action

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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Business
12:54 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Jefferson City officials continue budget-shortfall discussions

Credit KBIA

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.

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Business
5:37 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Jason Truner named Jefferson City interim fire chief

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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.

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Business
3:45 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Grow Mid-Missouri hosts Startfest for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs at Startfest
Khalilah Henderson KBIA

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

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Business
11:26 am
Fri March 8, 2013

How one enzyme manufacturer catalyzed success

Katie and Brian Thompson started Elemental Enzymes a few years ago.
Megan Stoll Studios

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. 

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