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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked federal officials to issue an economic-injury disaster declaration in St. Louis County so that businesses can get aid following looting in Ferguson.

  More than 70 people were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony today for Columbia’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. 

Two of the pumps at the fueling station are reserved for the city of Columbia’s vehicle fleet. A third pump is open to private trucks while a fourth will be made available upon demand. The ribbon cutting comes just under a year after the Columbia City Council approved a partnership with California based company Clean Energy Fuels.

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The rumors swirled for much of last week, after an exclusive Politico report, that David Gregory was out at Meet the Press. NBC made it official on Thursday. Chuck Todd will take over as moderator of the program on September 7. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss. 

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Since the launch of 1 Million Cups last year, representatives from nearly 60 companies have stood in front of about 30 people that fill a downtown Columbia conference room every Wednesday.

1 Million Cups provides a launch pad into the city's startup community where entrepreneurs have six minutes to present their business and ideas. Following the pitch the floor is open to questions and discussion from anyone at the informal gathering.

Columbia city officials, local businesses and residents gathered at Lucky's Market Wednesday to open nominations for the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement Awards. The program was designed to recognize businesses for reducing global warming pollution in the community.

Columbia Water and Light's John Wulff said businesses reach out to the city looking for a program for sustainability recognition.

Missouri’s friendliness towards small businesses

Aug 20, 2014
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 The state of Missouri gets a C grade in it's friendliness towards small businesses according to a survey released in July by thumbtack.com in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City. But does Columbia fit into this ranking?

Over 12,000 business owners were surveyed across the nation. Businesses were asked about things like existing regulations, tax code, hiring and training and networking programs.

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Over 4,500 people on average are released from prison each year in Missouri, of those 480 in Boone County. After being locked up for weeks, months or even years, how do people adjust back to life outside prison and find a job? One obstacle confronting ex-offenders is the little box on job applications that asks about criminal history.

1-gigabit Internet comes to Mid-Missouri

Aug 14, 2014
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Century Link just launched a new high-speed Internet service available in select neighborhoods in Columbia and Jefferson City. The service transfers data at up to 1 gigabit per second. The ultra-fast fiber network also launched in 12 other cities nation wide.

“It's like horse riding versus a sport car.”

Columbia considers 'ban the box' for ex-offenders

Aug 14, 2014
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Over 45-hundred people on average are released from prison each year in Missouri, of those 480 in Boone County. After being locked up for weeks, months or even years, how do people adjust back to life outside prison and find a job? One obstacle confronting ex-offenders is the little box on job applications that asks about criminal history.

If a pipe bursts or a toilet backs up, many of us might not give a second thought to looking up a plumber. In most areas, there will be lots of options for services nearby.

But in the isolated town of Jackman, Maine, which has a population of around 800, the local plumber recently retired. Now, the closest plumber is in the nearest town — 50 miles away.

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A new federal report shows modest consumer spending increases in Missouri as the state's economy continues to improve five years after the Great Recession.

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The City of Columbia has approved the building plans for the controversial Opus Group development downtown.

Columbia debuts new bus route

Jul 30, 2014
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Columbia residents have a new way to get around town. The new downtown route for CoMo Connect began today, with the rest of the new system set to launch August 4. The downtown route, Red Line, replaces the 107 FastCat route for Columbia Transit. Dorothy Vetter waited to ride the new bus and was pleased with the outcome.

 “Well, it goes to most of the places everyone needs to get to. It goes by all of the hospitals and I think it’s going to be a good route.”

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Proceeds from sales of Missouri Lottery tickets have gone exclusively toward education since 1992.

Missouri has apparently won another round in the continuing border war with Kansas that involves using tax incentives to entice businesses to move across the state line that runs through the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Leawood, Kansas-based Cbiz Inc. and Mayer Hoffman McCann PC have announced plans to move their headquarters and 450 employees to Kansas City, Missouri's Country Club Plaza next summer.

New data released by the Department of Labor shows that raising the minimum wage in some states does not appear to have had a negative impact on job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen.

In a report on Friday, the 13 states that raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not. The data run counter to a Congressional Budget Office report in February that said raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as the White House supports, could cost as many as 500,000 jobs.

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The city of Columbia finance department confirmed Thursday that funding for Columbia Access Television, or CAT TV, will not be included in the 2015 fiscal year budget.

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American Royal leaders say they raised more than $10 million toward the organization's goal of building a new structure to replace Kemper Arena in Kansas City.

When a customer service call is described as "Kafkaesque" and "hellish," you pretty much know how it's going to go down before even taking a listen. But in case you haven't heard the condescending, tedious call that's lit up the Internet, here it is:

The Swiss chocolate maker Lindt will gobble up Kansas City-based Russell Stover. The acquisition may be kind of an odd pairing, but analysts say it could be a sweet deal for the Swiss company and possibly for American chocolate lovers. 

Mr. Russell Stover started his boxed candy business with money he made helping to invent the modern ice cream bar. He brought it to Kansas City in 1931, where the company still has dedicated stores and a faithful following.

Blue Note, Mojo's sold to Wisconsin group

Jul 10, 2014
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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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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.

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

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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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           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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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. 

New Jefferson City fire station almost ready for use

Jun 26, 2014

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.

Airport fund untouched for 15th straight month

Jun 26, 2014
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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. 

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

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