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Missouri's population continues to grow at a slower rate than the national average.

New estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Missouri's population of 6 million grew by fewer than 20,000 people from 2012 to 2013. That's a growth rate of about one-third of a percent.

Nationally, the population is estimated to have risen by 0.7 percent from 2012 to 2013.

Missouri's growth of 0.3 percent was typical for the Midwest. It was better than Illinois, about the same as Arkansas, Kansas and Kentucky, but lagged behind the rest of its neighboring states.

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Wages will rise for Missouri's low-income workers and taxes will fall for some corporations when the new year arrives.

Missouri's minimum wage will increase for about 100,000 workers from $7.35 an hour to $7.50. The increase is a result of an annual inflationary adjustment included in a law passed by voters in 2006.

The state's corporate franchise tax rate also will ratchet down in 2014. That's the result of a 2011 law passed by legislators that gradually phases out the franchise tax by 2016.

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A group has delivered more signatures on a petition aimed at forcing a public vote on a proposal to rebuild Kansas City International Airport.

Citizens for Responsible Government/Friends of KCI delivered nearly 1,600 more petition signatures to City Hall on Monday.

The Kansas City Star reports the signatures delivered Monday now have to be checked by the election board.

St. Louis city and county lost population in the 2010 census which created big concerns about the region’s future.

In reaction, the area's civic leaders quickly turned their attention to immigrants.

Foreign born residents make up less than 5 percent of the metropolitan area, far below most other major U.S. cities.

The St. Louis Mosaic Project came together this last year to address the issue.

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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is preparing for a surge in visitors as the busy travel period surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Day begins Friday.

Public Relations Manager Jeff Lea says the airport is expecting a 15 to 20 percent increase from normal passenger traffic at peak travel times over the next two weeks.

“The biggest travel day prior to Christmas for air travel is going to be Friday,” he said.

In addition, he adds that holiday travelers can expect to be flying with a significant number of men and women in uniform as well.

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There will be no farm bill until Congress returns in the New Year. But it turns out, dairy prices won’t surge on January 1st as some farm bill supporters have suggested. Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock reports.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to China this week. It’s a trade visit that happens every year, but this time there is added interest for American farmers. China has rejected 5 loads of corn from the U.S. in recent weeks. The corn contained an insect-resistant trait from the seed company, Syngenta, that’s approved in the U.S. but not China.

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Missouri's unemployment rate declined in November while payrolls expanded by 15,000 jobs.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in November from 6.5 percent in October.

The leading gainer was educational and health services, which added 5,200 jobs last month. The construction sector grew by 2,300 and professional and business services increased by 2,000 jobs. The information, leisure and hospitality sectors each declined by 200 jobs.

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After months of legal wrangling and false starts in a battle to resume domestic horse slaughter, plants in Missouri and New Mexico are working to begin processing equine for human consumption.

Missouri will receive more than $100,000 from its participation in two multistate settlements with insurance companies.

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A federal appeals court has cleared the way for companies in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa to resume domestic horse slaughter.

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Governor Jay Nixon announced in a press release Thursday that aerospace manufacturing company Boeing will add up to an additional 400 research and technology jobs at its St.Louis County campus.

The new jobs will be part of Boeing's plan to restructure its Research and Technology organization. The company, which employees approximately fifteen thousand workers in Missouri, is being helped in the St. Louis county expansion by the state of Missouri through a package of economic incentives.  

Boeing can earn these incentives by meeting job creation and investment criteria.

Sierra Club threatens suit over Ameren air quality

Dec 12, 2013
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An environmental group says it plans to soon sue utility provider Ameren over what it calls repeated violations of federal air pollution standards.

The Sierra Club told Ameren Corp. it plans legal action in the next 60 days over what the group says are nearly 10,000 violations of the Clean Air Act since 2008 at coal-fired power plants in St. Louis, Jefferson and Franklin counties

The alleged violations involve the amount of soot released from smokestacks at the Meramec, Labadie and Rush Island plants.

Columbia has finally taken the number one spot in Best-Cities.org's yearly best cities list (in the "Small Cities" category). Take that, Columbus, Indiana, a city easily mistaken for Columbia in print only.

Our neighbors in St. Louis and Kansas City are two of 25 cities in the U.S. to get a perfect score on the 2013 Municipal Equality Index, or MEI. Columbia and Jefferson City fell further down the list. The MEI is conducted by a national organization working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The study looks at equality issues including nondiscrimination policies in cities and states.

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Columbia Regional Airport and American Airlines announced Wednesday they are adding another daily nonstop flight between Columbia Regional Airport and Chicago O’Hare.

The new flights will begin on April 2. American Flight 3376 will take off in Columbia at 6:00 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 7:05 a.m. The returning flight 3737 will head out of Chicago at 6:35 p.m. and return to Columbia at 7:45 p.m.

Missouri cities score well in LGBT study

Dec 11, 2013
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St. Louis and Kansas City are two of 25 cities to get a perfect score on the 2013 Municipal Equality Index. The MEI is conducted by the Human Rights Campaign, which works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

The MEI is the nation’s only rating system of LGBT inclusion. The study looked at 291 cities across the nation, including five in Missouri, rating each city with a score of one through 100. Cathryn Oakley is the author of the index. She said she is very impressed with Missouri

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is picking up where it left off in clearing rock from barge channels in the Mississippi River.

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Media company E.W Scripps has acquired Columbia-based media startup Newsy for $35 million according to this press release.

Fast- Food workers protest for higher wages

Dec 6, 2013
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Protestors took the sidewalk on Thursday demanding higher wages and the ability to form a union for the 2300 Fast-food workers in Columbia.

In more than 100 cities across the country, protests brought together various industry workers asking for a higher, more livable wage and the ability to form unions.

Passersby honk as a group of protestors chant "We cannot survive on $7.35" in front of the Burger King on Business Loop-70 in Columbia. Standing in 20 degree weather, the protestors demand higher wages and the ability to form a union.

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Columbia’s new Short Street parking garage opened this Tuesday, but workers are still constructing nearby buildings.

Non-profit moves to new facility

Dec 5, 2013

CoMo Cares, the non-profit organization that helps children five years old and younger, started operating for the first time at its new location Wednesday. The organization is designed to help struggling parents receive resources like diapers, bottles and clothing.

   Executive director Sabrina Lambrecht expanded the organization from her basement to a new facility off of Paris Road. CoMo Cares has already helped 150 children. Mothers like Jasmine Williams, are taking advantage of the resources.

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The USDA estimates that more than 2 million people live in rural food deserts, or low-income communities more than 10 miles from a grocery store.  

Four years ago, the last grocery store in Pilot Grove, Mo., closed its doors, turning the town into a rural food desert.  The town had only a convenience store from which to bu food.   

That is, until 23 community investors came together to open Tyler's Market, a fully-stocked grocery store.  On the market's first day open, Pilot Grove residents gathered at the store.  

 

MFA Oil approved to purchase Mamtek property in Moberly

Dec 3, 2013
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MFA Oil announced this afternoon it has been approved to purchase property in Moberly that would have housed the Mamtek facility. MFA officials could not comment on the sale price, but say a bankruptcy court has approved the sale of the 33 acre property. 

Corey Mehaffy is the President of Moberly Area Economic Development. He said the city is looking forward to assisting MFA in preparing the facility for use after the previous trouble the city had with the space.

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The special session aimed to pass legislation that will help Missouri attract Boeing's new commercial jet plant will convene Monday, Dec. 2. Gov. Jay Nixon called for the session Friday afternoon.

Nixon has asked the General Assembly to pass legislation that will annually add up to $150 million for large-scale aerospace projects under four of Missouri’s existing economic development program.

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A new lawsuit is seeking $30 million from an investment banking firm and 10 employees because of a failed factory project in central Missouri.

Morgan Keegan, which has merged with Raymond James Financial Inc., was the underwriter in 2010 for a $39 million bond issue for a failed artificial sweetener factory for Mamtek US Inc. in Moberly. Construction on the factory stopped in August 2011 when Mamtek failed to make a required bond payment.

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This week CoMo Explained shows how something called the C-2 zoning ordinance determines how Columbia is built. 


The expansion of a bio technology start-up company in Columbia is expected to create 50 new jobs within five years. Nanova Biomaterials, Inc.’s expansion includes $1.5 million in capital investment.

The research and development company uses nanotechnology to manufacture orthopedic and dental products, such as dental fillings and bone screws. Its parent company was founded in 2007 by a group of four researchers, two of whom are from the University of Missouri.

The city of Moberly made a Yahoo Homes top ten list of the nation’s cheapest markets for family homes. The report says the average listing of a four bedroom, two bathroom house is just under 100 thousand dollars. In comparison, the most expensive place to buy a home in the U.S. is Malibu, California which has an average price of more than 2 million dollars.

Director for the Moberly Chamber of Commerce Debbie Miller says Moberly is an affordable place to live because it is predominantly a rural area; but, the city is in close proximity to larger metro areas.

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The city of Moberly made a Yahoo Homes top ten list of the nation’s cheapest markets for family homes. The report says the average listing of a four bedroom, two bathroom house is $99, 593. In comparison, the most expensive place to buy a home in the U.S. is Malibu, California which has an average price of more than $2 million dollars.

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A new clinical facility will be coming to Columbia in early 2014.

BioPharma Services Incorporated is based in Toronto, and its clinical operations facility in Columbia will be the company’s first in the U.S. Mayor Bob McDavid said BioPharma will fit in nicely with Columbia.

“I think it’s just terrific that we can sort of blend the research creativity innovation that comes from BioPharma into our culture of healthcare and life sciences,” McDavid said.

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