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The Missouri House has advanced legislation allowing Sunday sales of motorcycles at dealerships.

Missouri law now prohibits the sale of cars, trucks and motorcycles on Sunday. The House legislation would be limited to motorcycles.

Proponents said the measure would make Missouri more competitive with states that allow dealerships to sell motorcycles on Sunday. Some dealers in western Missouri told lawmakers they were losing sales to competitors in Kansas.

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An attorney representing an Oklahoma business challenging a federal contraception coverage mandate is starting a nonprofit group in Missouri.

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A leading shingle manufacturing company says it will build a new production facility in the central Missouri town of Moberly.

The Columbia City Council is considering three separate development agreements that would give the developers clearance to work on downtown housing structures. 

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  St. Louis-based utility company Ameren announced today that executive Michael Moehn has been named chairman, president and chief executive officer of the utility's Ameren Missouri subsidiary.

Moehn succeeds Warner Baxter, who will become Ameren CEO on April 24.

Moehn has held several leadership roles since joining Ameren in 2000.

Ameren provides electric and natural gas services in parts of Missouri and Illinois.

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For the first time in 10 years, Moberly's Safe Passage Domestic Violence Center did not receive a grant from the Missouri Housing Development Commission

The center has been using these funds to pay half of the operation expenses, such as utilities, internet and phone. Co-director of the Moberly center Kelly Pedigo says she is not sure why the grant was rejected.

“We really don’t have any information as to why we were cut,” she says.

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Wal-Mart doesn't want Missouri's largest electric customer to get a lower utility bill from Ameren Missouri.

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. is seeking about a 25 percent reduction in the rate Ameren charges at its aluminum smelter in the southeastern Missouri town of New Madrid.

Wal-Mart filed a motion opposing the reduction Friday with the Missouri Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities.

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The Missouri House has passed legislation to create tax incentives to lure wealthy high-tech investors to the Show-Me State.

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  In 2010 Yeardley Love, a student at the University of Virginia, was killed by her boyfriend. In her honor, the One Love Foundation was created and the foundation funded development and research for One Love MyPlann app. 

Tina Bloom, an assistant professor of Nursing in Sinclair School of Nursing, helped create the app says how women between the ages of 18 to 24 are at the greatest risk for violence in a relationship.

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Missouri payrolls grew in January while the state's unemployment remained unchanged at 6 percent.

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A new report shows Missouri revenues were up slightly as the state reached the two-thirds mark of its budget year.

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An Iowa company has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the release of thousands of gallons of gasoline-contaminated water into a sewer system in southwest Missouri.

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A federal judge has ruled that the city of Moberly, Mo., and its industrial development authority are not responsible for bonds involved in a failed artificial sweetener plant project.

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Missouri senators have passed legislation proposing a truce with Kansas in the battle for businesses in the Kansas City area.

Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund remains untapped

Feb 24, 2014
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The City of Columbia announced on Thursday that January revenue for Columbia Regional Airport meant American Airlines would not require payment from the Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund for the eleventh month in a row.

The City of Columbia’s Planning and Zoning commission voted Thursday night to recommend approval of a large student housing development project near the MU campus. The proposed development, located between Providence Road and Fifth Street, is pushing forward despite uncertainties about downtown Columbia’s infrastructure.           

Propane shortage strikes Mid-Missouri

Feb 20, 2014
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Some Kirksville residents are finding it hard to stay warm this winter due to a propane inventory shortage in the area.

MFA Oil CEO announces retirement

Feb 19, 2014

The president and CEO of MFA Oil announced Monday that he is retiring. After 32 years of working with MFA Oil, Jerry Taylor will retire on August 31, 2014. 

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  Ameren Corp. is promoting Warner Baxter to president of the St. Louis-based utility, effective immediately, and he'll become CEO this spring.

Baxter is a longtime executive at Ameren. He succeeds Thomas Voss, who will retire on July 1.

Ameren said Tuesday that Baxter also has been elected to the board of directors. He will become chief executive on April 24 — the day Voss will become Ameren's executive chairman.

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Two separate complaints were filed by Noranda Aluminum against Ameren Missouri after data showed Ameren earned more than what the state allows.

Columbia reports low unemployment rate

Feb 13, 2014
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The city of Columbia reported a significant decrease in its residents’ unemployment rate in December 2013.

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Residents across the Midwest are struggling with tight propane supplies, especially in this bitterly cold, snowy winter.

But it's not just homes that lack adequate access to heating energy. Harvest Public Media's Peter Gray reports on the recent fuel shortage, and how it's hitting farms that put bacon and eggs on your plate in the morning.

If you are a fan of wine, particularly European wines, from France, Italy or Germany, you can be proud of the role Missouri plays in creating that wine.

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Missouri residents and farmers who buy propane using the market price have suffered as prices have increased to unusually high levels in recent weeks across the Midwest. 

Two bills that would each try to end the so-called "border war" among business interests in the Kansas City area were heard Wednesday by two Missouri legislative committees.

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Monday’s Morning Edition on NPR featured a story about a Columbia biotech startup. We thought we’d give it an encore run on KBIA in case you missed it. After hearing Shihab’s unique story, I called Laurel Smith-Doer, who’s a professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She’s studied immigrant and women entrepreneurs in biotech in the New England area. I asked her what she’s found in her research.

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Gov. Jay Nixon is making $15 million available to help Missourians cope with rising propane prices.

Nixon says the money would allow low-income people to continue heating their homes even though gas prices have increased to more than $4 per gallon.

The funds would come from the federal government's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Nixon is also doubling the amount each household can receive for propane assistance.

The Missouri Propane Gas Association says the high costs are due to increased exports, colder weather and higher-than-expected crop yields.

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This week, NPR is airing a piece about Jordanian businesswoman Penelope Shihab who has launched a startup company in Columbia.  She is already the CEO of the biotech company MONOJO in Jordan where her company produces a skin care line using antibodies found in camel milk.

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Kansas City business leaders told an advisory group that Kansas City International Airport has become outdated and gives visitors a mediocre first impression.

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce president Jim Heeter told the KCI Terminal Advisory Group on Tuesday that many chamber members want a more modern airport that will appeal to businesses.

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri employers could save $186 million in federal taxes after a revised projection indicates money borrowed to pay jobless benefits will be repaid early.

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Missouri transportation officials are taking a closer look at how freight can be moved more efficiently across the state by trucks, barges, planes and trains.

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