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The city of Columbia plans to begin its new configuration of bus routes on August 4. The expansion to the public transit system has the city looking into the possibility of adding new sustainable bus shelters along the new routes.

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Missouri consumers will soon be able to buy motorcycles on Sundays.

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  The New York Times has launched a multimedia report -- complete with video, audio and interactive graphics -- on what life is like for women in our federal prison system.  It is native advertising, paid for by Netflix, as a promotion for its hit series, Orange is the New Black. Missouri School of Journalism professors Margaret Duffy, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.

The Columbia business landscape hasn't always been as commercial as it is now.  Mike Brooks has been a fixture in the city's business outlook for five years, but that reign is coming to an end as Brooks announced his retirement from Regional Economic Development Incorporated (REDI) Wednesday.

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A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.6 percent last month while employers expanded payrolls by a net of 3,700 jobs.

A state-run board has signed off on using tax credits to help cover the cost of renovating a museum on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.

The Missouri Development Finance Board voted via conference call Tuesday for up to $15 million in incentives, which would be used to cover half the cost of private donations that total around $30 million. Those donations and the incentives would go toward renovating the Museum of Westward Expansion beneath the Gateway Arch. 

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A Call To Serve International sent their final shipment of aid to the country of Georgia Thursday, unless it can find other funding. ACTS has been sending aid to the country for 22 years through the U.S. State Department’s Operation Provide Hope. ACTS has sent medical supplies and books, baby quilts, wheelchairs and food to Georgia since 1992, when Georgia was cut off from resources provided by the former Soviet Union.

Hikers might see muddy streams and broken rock when they walk through Columbia’s Rock Bridge State Park. 

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The sudden closure of a downtown Columbia bar has set off speculation on social media and raised questions in the community. The Blue Fugue, located on S. 9th St. in Columbia,  has been a staple to the city’s music scene, hosting a variety of live bands and DJs, including its Friday night “Fire N Ice” Latin dance parties.

But the owners of the bar have yet to confirm that the venue has officially closed.

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  The Columbia Missourian announced it is dropping its paywall revenue model, replacing it with a new survey model. Readers will be able to access content -- and share it on social media -- after taking a short Google survey. Missouri School of Journalism faculty Amy Simons, Lynda Kraxberger and Jim Flink discuss the issue.

Area Southeast of Town Set for Rezoning

Jun 6, 2014
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Columbia residents might start noticing some changes in the land southeast of town.

The planning and zoning commission approved a zoning request from Crockett Engineering last night at City Hall.

The motion of approval will now be forwarded to the City Council.

The request asked the city to annex roughly 130 acres of mostly woodlands at the southeast corner of Route K and Old Plank Road.

Crockett applied for permanent zoning for the land for a large one-family dwelling district and a planned unit development.

Missouri Innovation Center CEO announced

Jun 5, 2014
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The Missouri Innovation Center has appointed a new leader. The MIC hired Bill Turpin as president and CEO to take over for retiring CEO Jake Halliday June 23. 

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A secret government agency that helped coordinate the hunt for Osama bin Laden plans to build a new facility in the St. Louis area to replace its aging home south of downtown.

Columbia Missourian to drop paywall, move to surveys

Jun 4, 2014
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The Columbia Missourian has ended its 24-hour viewing paywall and moved on to a new survey format created through a program by Google.

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Missouri appears increasingly likely to finish its budget year with less revenue than had been expected.

City of Columbia Files Eminent Domain Request

May 28, 2014

 

  The city of Columbia wants to expand Columbia Regional Airport, but one landowner is refusing  to sell some of the land the airport needs. The city requires 58 acres to expand the runways at Columbia Regional. They successfully came to terms to purchase 53 acres from other owners.  

We are in the midst of a realignment in the global economy, a new machine age in which technology is disrupting nearly every industry in the world. And who are the hot young stars of this great realignment?

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The city of Columbia has filed a petition for eminent domain to acquire about 5 acres of farmland it needs to extend the main runway at the Columbia Regional Airport.

Assistant City Counselor Cavanaugh Noce says the city was unable to negotiate a selling price with the trustee of a fund that owns the land northeast of Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the parcel is part of about 58 acres the city is acquiring for the project. The city has been able to negotiate a selling price with the owners of the rest of the land.

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Crews have removed about 18,000 tons of contaminated soil from a downtown Columbia site contaminated with possible carcinogens from a former manufactured gas plant.

The Columbia Missourian reports this morning that city council members voted 5-1 last night on a new plan with The Opus Group.

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Attorney General Chris Koster says a new court ruling should allow Missouri to avoid most of a $70 million penalty for its lackluster enforcement of a legal settlement with tobacco companies.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Jimmie Edwards ruled Friday that an arbitration panel wrongly calculated the amount of settlement payments Missouri should lose for failing to diligently enforce the settlement terms in 2003.

A previous decision by arbitration panel had reduced Missouri's $130 million payment this year by about $70 million.

Penitentiary tours re-open to public

Apr 25, 2014
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The old Missouri State Penitentiary site in Jefferson City is back open for tours today after closing briefly to deal with a mold problem for tours. Environmental tests had shown unacceptable levels of mold inside buildings on the site, closing the site down in September. The State of Missouri and the City of Jefferson reached an agreement to return the buildings to an acceptable state for tours late last year.

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The Columbia City Council has granted a request from restaurant and bar owners extending the hours to which alcohol can be served outside the premises -- just in time for warm weather.  The decision allows owners to serve alcohol outside until midnight and for alcohol to be consumed inside until 1 a.m.

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Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope. They’re turning their eyes to China, where a carp-hungry populace may be the key for stemming the tide of the invasive fish.

Asian carp are taking over U.S. waterways, including the Mississippi River and tributaries like the Illinois and Missouri Rivers, where they out-compete native fish.

In China, carp is cheap and a common meal-time fixture. Now, a carp fishing industry is springing up along carp-infested U.S. waters and processors are exporting the U.S. problem fish to Chinese diners.

Kirksville airport changes take flight

Apr 24, 2014
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Frequent flyers out of Kirksville may notice several changes at the airport over the coming year.

City Council approves ordinance for food trucks

Apr 22, 2014
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  Columbia City Council passed an ordinance at Monday night's meeting that will grant food trucks specific parking locations downtown.  The spots include eight metered spaces on the south side of Cherry and Locust streets and 10 spaces on the north side of Walnut Street.

Carrie Gartner, executive director of the Downtown Community Improvement district, said the new location for these food trucks could benefit all parties.

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The City of Columbia may hire a company to survey sales tax revenue within the retail economy of the city.

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Missouri's unemployment rate increased in March, though the size of payrolls also grew.

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Ameren Missouri says construction is underway on an 11-mile natural gas pipeline from Columbia to Ashland, which currently does not have natural gas service.

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