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12:11 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

St. Louis businesses look for opportunity in Indonesia

The night skyline in Jakarta, Indonesia.
yohanes budiyanto Flickr

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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2:55 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Joplin reports damage costs being paid on schedule

Matt Evans KBIA

A new report says the city of Joplin might not end up with any debt related to the May 22 tornado.

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Global Journalist
10:24 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

The future of local journalism, part 2

In a report released earlier this year, the FCC acknowledged that some of its policies and regulations are out of sync with the swiftly evolving media markets and the information needs of communities.

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Business Beat
5:40 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Nixon outlines "Missouri Works" in face of job creation criticism

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon tours the Dana Automotive Systems Group’s parts plant in Columbia on June 15, 2010.
Quint Smith KBIA file photo

This week on the show: farmers in the Midwest still have some of their money in limbo after a huge bankruptcy late last year. Plus, Governor Nixon touts his new plan for job creation in Missouri, just as Republicans question his past efforts.

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4:42 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Fund set up to assist mobile home residents

rickonine Flickr

The almost simultaneous closings of two area mobile home parks have left residents searching for a new place to live. However, local help may make the move easier for some.

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Global Journalist
6:14 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

The future of local journalism

According to an FCC Report released last summer, local journalism is in a state of crisis.

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Business Beat
4:46 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Proposed child labor changes questioned on the farm

MacKenzie Lewis, 15, pulls weed-control plastic up from a watermelon field on Julie and Scott Wilber's farm near Boone, Iowa.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

This week: Missouri could gain over two hundred thousand jobs by the 2025, and the Department of Labor proposed new regulations on kids working on the farm who are under 16.

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5:46 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Saudi Arabia deal good news for Boeing in St. Louis

The Obama administration has inked a deal with Saudi Arabia that will provide the Gulf state with $30 billion in F-15 jets.
Capt. Shannon Collins Air Force photo

The U.S. government has approved a $30 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia that the head of a St. Louis area union says was “do or die” for his members.

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Business Beat
5:41 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Debugging the Monsanto corn issue

This picture of severe rootworm damage was taken in September in a corn field in north-central Illinois.
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This week: Rootworm is causing a headache for some farmers who thought they already had a fix for that problem. Plus, a university of Missouri study takes a look at the impact economic strains have on middle class families.

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5:10 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Legislation aims to prevent another Mamtek fiasco

Governor Nixon was part of the ceremony announcing Mamtek's plans in July 2010.
Rebecca Wolfson KBIA News

A Republican state Representative from southwest Missouri has introduced legislation he says will help prevent another Mamtek from happening in the state.

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5:49 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Commercial truck drivers face new limits

Marcin Wichary Flickr

The U.S. Department of Transportation is making changes that will limit the amount of time commercial truck drivers can spend on the road.

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9:12 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Fayette's auto plaza gains spotlight, patrons from 'Truck Stop Missouri'

adeliepenguin dramstime

The Travel Channel show “Truck Stop Missouri” takes place at the Midway Auto Truck Plaza in Fayette, Missouri.  The show’s gathered a lot of attention here in mid-Missouri – but how helpful is all the attention? KBIA’s Ryan Schmidt visited Fayette, and asked local proprietors there about the show’s impact on business. 

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12:59 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Kirksville REDI hires middle school teacher as new director

Carolyn Chrisman
Photo from the Kirksville City Council website

Kirksville Regional economic development, Inc has announced its new Director of Job Creation.

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Business Beat
4:43 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Digging up controversy

Barrett Materials' quarry in New Haven, Mo (seen here) is the only one the company owns currently. The company's proposed quarry in Belle, Mo. has prompted local residents to appeal to the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission
Sydney Miller KBIA

This week, our stories have to do with two different controversies surrounding going underground.: a new quarry, and "fracking."

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Business Beat
11:53 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Struggling Infrastructure in the Midwest

Ron Bartlet feeds the ducks he keeps on his small Iowa farm.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

This week: we look at how diversity in Missouri can lead to better business and how struggling Midwest infrastructure can affect you at the grocery store.  

By: Nick Adams 

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