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5:04 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Missouri foreclosures spike in January

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The number of foreclosures in Missouri jumped nearly 14 percent in January compared to the month before. Meanwhile, foreclosures were up only 3 percent nationwide.

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Business
5:11 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Fulton may get biodiesel production plant

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A Fulton developer could break ground this spring on a biodiesel production plant. 

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Business
4:52 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Columbia regional airport gets new leadership

The Columbia Regional Airport is under new leadership. 

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Business Beat
2:21 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Business Beat: February 15, 2012

An architectural rendering of the proposed NBAF lab in Manhattan, Kan.
Courtesy Department of Homeland Security

This week: State representatives agree Missouri needs to find better ways to get more jobs in Missouri. Plus, how a disease laboratory in Kansas has citizens worried.

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Business
1:56 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

HPM: Is the NBAF worth the risk?

Kansas political leaders and top officials at Kansas State University are united in support of a plan to bring the nation's premier agricultural disease laboratory to the K-State campus. But many people remain uneasy about bringing dangerous pathogens into the nation’s heartland -- pathogens that could devastate the livestock industry and possibly harm humans as well.

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Business
9:23 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Columbia officials to use other cities for public transportation examples

Officials from around Columbia will travel to out-of-state to explore revisions to the city's transportation system.
File KBIA

University of Missouri students, city officials and MU’s transit consultant will visit Ames, Iowa to look at their public transportation system on Friday (Feb. 17).

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Intersection
6:30 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Job creation in Missouri

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Business
4:54 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

New camera in downtown Columbia

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The nonprofit group Keep Columbia Safe donated almost three thousand dollars for a camera upgrade at the intersection of 10th and Cherry in Columbia.

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Business
5:40 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Farmers buy equipment to have more say in the market

Larry Stolte added a 75,000-bushel grain bin a few years ago, and timed it just right to hit the commodity market jackpot.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

Across the corn belt, more farmers are putting up their own grain bins —giant, metal cylindrical storage silos.  In the past year alone, farmers nationwide have added some 300 million bushels of on-farm storage, up 2 percent from the previous year.

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Business Beat
5:32 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Business Beat: February 8, 2012

Iowa farmer Larry Stolte can store about 60 percent of his crop harvest, and is adding another 75,000 bushel grain bin this summer.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

This week: Farmers buying up grain bins to help play the market. Plus, how refineries in Kansas and Iowa could help find another source of bio fuel.

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Business
1:41 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

A new source of biomass

Corn stalks, leaves and cobs like these at the Kansas State Southwest Research and Extension Center in Garden City, Kan., can be harvested as biomass.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

Corn has been the engine behind the ethanol industry for years, and that food vs. fuel debate doesn't look to end anytime soon.  But as researchers work to unlock the biofuels potential in crop residue and other biomass, a refinery is being built in Kansas may help take the industry to another level.

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Business
2:42 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Missouri to prosecute company that falsified documents

Attorney General Chris Koster, who will prosecute the case.
Attorney General's Office

The state of Missouri has filed criminal charges against a shuttered Georgia company accused of using fake signatures on phony foreclosure documents.

A Boone County grand jury on Friday issued a 136-count criminal indictment alleging forgery against DocX and its former president, Lorraine Brown. The company closed in 2010 amid criticism of mortgage companies signing legal documents not reviewed by its employees in a practice called robo-signing.

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Business
10:22 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Toll road talk at MODOT panel in Columbia

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Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith says making I-70 a toll road would allow for expansion of the interstate and would be a first for Missouri.

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Business
10:35 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Ameren files new plan for waterfront homes in Camdenton

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Ameren Missouri has filed a proposed plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission following a November citation for property being too close or physically on Ameren’s project boundaries. The proposal could affect over 1,600 waterfront homes, many of which are in Camdenton.

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Business
5:52 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Fire destroys Boonville's Unlimited Opportunities businesses

An excavator cleans up the debris from a fire in Boonville. Two businesses run by Unlimited Opportunities were destroyed, but no one was hurt in the fire.
Matt Veto KBIA

A Thursday morning fire in Boonville has destroyed two businesses operated by a program that helps people with disabilities.

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Business
6:08 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Missouri United Way changes funding strategy

The Heart of Missouri United Way voted last week to adopt a new strategy that will focus future funding on programs that address poverty and other issues with at-risk children.

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Business
2:55 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Columbia ranked in top 25 places to live for a working retirement

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
Jay Buffington Wikimedia Commons

According to Forbes, Columbia, Missouri is one of the top places to move to for a working retirement in the United States.

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Business Beat
2:36 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Missouri farmers try to protect themselves from agritourism

Every summer tourists descend on the farm Art Gelder and his wife operate near Columbia, Mo.
Jacob Fenston Harvest Public Media

This week:  KBIA talks with William Barrett of Forbes on how the city of Columbia is in the top twenty places in the U.S. to come for a working retirement.  Plus, Missouri farmers are trying to protect themselves from "agritourism."

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Business
8:17 am
Fri January 27, 2012

MODOT chief says making I-70 toll road would finance reconstruction

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The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation says charging tolls on Interstate 70 is the only real option for funding reconstruction of the highway, if the state wants to do something about it right now. 

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Harvest Public Media
2:12 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Liberal arts degrees grow jobs at Con Agra

Technology and hands-on computer skills are important assets for most job seekers in today’s economy.

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Business Beat
2:06 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Business Beat: Liberal arts degrees turning into ag jobs

This week: KBIA spoke with a director of the center of Agro Forestry at the University of Missouri on why the state isn't using biomass as a renewable energy source. Plus, one company is hiring people with degrees you wouldn't expect.

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Business
11:32 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Matthes says proposed tax increase could finance regional airport

A proposed tax increase on hotel rooms could help finance improvements to the Columbia Regional Airport, according to Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes.

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Business
10:21 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Missouri casino operators resist tax to fund state-operated veterans' homes

Missouri casino operators say they should not be solely responsible for boosting funding to state-operated veterans' homes.

Missouri House members have suggested adding $1 to the $2 per-patron entrance fee that casinos already pay the state. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has said the fresh revenue could provide a dedicated funding source for the seven existing veterans' homes and possibly pay for one more.

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Intersection
7:33 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Columbia Regional Airport expansion

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Business
3:48 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Demolition begins Sunday at Joplin hospital

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Perhaps the most well-known and obvious reminder of the tornado that devastated Joplin in May is about to come down.

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Business
12:06 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Ameren vows to increase energy efficiency

Ameren's nuclear plant in Callaway, Missouri
File photo KBIA

Ameren Missouri is pledging to increase its energy efficiency programs starting in 2013.  If the plan is approved, it would allow Ameren to provide 145 million dollars in energy efficiency rebates over three years – a cost that would be passed on to consumers.

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Business
7:12 am
Thu January 19, 2012

FDA challenging the use of antibiotics in animals

Cows on Sally Angell's farm in Missouri eat feed without antibiotics.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

The Food and Drug Administration is publishing an order this month that limits the way farmers can use certain antibiotics to treat animals, and eggs.

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Business Beat
12:18 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Business Beat: FDA challenging the use of antibiotics in animals

Sgt. Jay Larrew, with the Nebraska National Guard, works with an Afghan beekeeper to evaluate hive vigor.
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This week:  Harvest Public Media speaks with a University of Nebraska Educator who just returned from Afghanistan where he helped teach Afghanis farming techniques, and the FDA is looking to change the way Cephalosporins are used for animals.  

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Sports
4:55 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Rams owner mum on stadium

The Rams play against the 49ers in December 2011.
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St. Louis Rams owner and Columbia resident Stan Kroenke  says there’s no reason for him to comment right now on the likelihood the St. Louis Rams will remain in the city.

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Business
12:11 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

St. Louis businesses look for opportunity in Indonesia

The night skyline in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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Government, business and university officials from the St. Louis area are in Indonesia this week pursuing trade opportunities and stronger educational ties.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the delegation arrived over the weekend in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta.

The trade mission was organized by the World Trade Center St. Louis and Kit Bond Strategies, a consulting business created by Bond after he retired last year following four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Executives of Boeing Co. and five other businesses are along on the week long visit.

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