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PM Newscast for November 19, 2014

Nov 19, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • New trail proposed in Moberly
  • Security guard requests in Ferguson
  • Urgent care facility to open in Macon
  • Deer hunting season off to quick start

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A federal judge has ruled that former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole committed fraud to obtain almost $1.3 million from bond funds that were to be used to build an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly.

Moberly to add a fresh food farmers market

Apr 21, 2014
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Natalie Maynor

A new community farmer’s market is opening in Moberly. 

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The criminal trial of former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole has been delayed until December by a St. Charles County judge presiding over the case.

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Moberly Area Community College will offer benefits for domestic partners of full-time college employees.

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

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Randolph County Commissioners are preparing for an upcoming vote on a consolidation of two county courthouses. The commission’s plan is to merge all of the offices in both the Huntsville and Moberly Courthouses in a new structure that would be located in front of the Randolph County Justice Center.

Presiding Commissioner of Randolph County Susan Carter says that a main issue with both of the current courthouses is the lack of security.

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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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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.

After sharing a facility with an alternative school for about 14 years, a Moberly School District program is receiving a new center to thrive in.

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Kristofor Husted / KBIA

A bankruptcy trustee has filed lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages against former officials with Mamtek, the company behind a failed plan to build a sweetener facility in Moberly.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Trustee Bruce Strauss filed lawsuits last week seeking repayment of $7 million that former officers and agents of Mamtek received. The lawsuits also seek actual damages of $72 million and punitive damages.

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A helicopter ambulance company that operates in 15 states has chosen the northeastern Missouri city of Moberly for a new base.

MFA Oil approved to purchase Mamtek property in Moberly

Dec 3, 2013
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Kristofor Husted / KBIA

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.

The City of Moberly

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.

Indoor skate park open to Moberly kids and teens

Nov 22, 2013
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A northeast Missouri community has agreed to pay $95,000 to end its involvement in a lawsuit filed by investors in a failed artificial sweetener plant.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Moberly and the Moberly Industrial Development Authority have settled a lawsuit filed by Shelter Insurance Cos. and other Mamtek investors.

The city filed notice of the deal with the Missouri Supreme Court this week and asked it to dismiss a pending case to determine whether the city could be forced to take part in the suit.

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A former Missouri death row inmate says he can now try to put his life back together after a prosecutor dismissed a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of a fellow inmate 30 years ago.

Reggie Griffin says he has gotten married and landed a job in the year since he was released from prison while awaiting a new trial. The 53-year-old says he found out Friday that Randolph County prosecutor Mike Fusselmann was dropping the charge.

Sen. Blunt visits local officials in Moberly

Oct 29, 2013
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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. visited local officials and employers in Moberly on Saturday afternoon.

About 20 people gathered at the Bank of Cairo and Moberly to listen to the senator speak about issues facing the economy. Although Blunt covered a number of issues, the majority of his visit revolved around health care and job creation.

Blunt said it is important to keep employers updated with changes made in health care coverage. He also stressed the importance of job creation.

New classroom building for Moberly approved

Oct 11, 2013

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a plan to build an $850,000 building for the Early Childhood Program in Moberly.

The state of Missouri will reimburse the district for 57 percent of the cost through its Special Education Finance Section. Director of Special Services Jim Johnson says the new building is necessary due to the state of the current structure.

Moberly City Council chooses contractor for demolition projects

Oct 10, 2013

The Moberly community has slated seven condemned properties for demolition. City Council members last night voted to contract with Phil Wilson LLC for the demolition work because it had the lowest estimated cost for the work.

Mayor John Kimmons says the properties are slated for demolition to open up the properties for future development and to maintain the neighborhoods as best as possible.

"We identify residences that have been condemned or not kept up and so what we try and do is budget to take those down and improve the area and the neighborhood," Kimmons said.

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For about the past 10 years citizens of Moberly, Mo. have been working on renovating the Fourth Street Theatre. It is being built completely debt free but is still about $200 thousand away from the goal. Theatre owners plan to open it this spring.

Joe Snodgrass grew up in Moberly, Mo. and remembers the Fourth Street Theatre being packed on Friday and Saturday nights. Now, he is a board member helping restore the theater and bringing it back to all its glory.

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A federal judge in Missouri has refused to remove herself from a lawsuit involving a failed sweetener company whose leaders were aggressively questioned by the judge's lawmaker husband.

Attorneys for investment bank Morgan Keegan wanted U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey to step aside from a lawsuit filed by an Alabama investor in the failed plant in Moberly.

The Columbia Tribune reports John Cromeans is seeking restitution of $50,000 he spent on bonds issued by the Moberly Industrial Development Authority for Mamtek U.S. Inc. and marketed by Morgan Keegan.

Koster wants to track ex-Mamtek CEO with GPS

May 16, 2013
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Missouri prosecutors want a judge to let them keep closer tabs on the former head of a failed artificial sweetener plant in Moberly.

Lead in text: 
Earlier this week, KBIA told you the City of Moberly has paid at least $677,000 in court fees since the Mamtek sucralose factory failed in 2010, including at least $60,000 in fees so far in April. Today, the Moberly Monitor-Index is reporting the city and its development authority have both been dismissed from a case being brought against them by Mamtek bondholders.
Business

Moberly has taken close to a sixty thousand dollar hit this month because of Mamtek, the failed artificial sweetener plant.  

Throughout April, the city has spent that sum in legal fees due to the Mamtek fiasco.

These legal costs include attorneys’ fees that Moberly is paying in their fight against Mamtek in court.

The spent funds will take away from money that could have gone toward other departments in the city, such as the police and fire departments. That’s according to City Director of Finance Greg Hodge.

Moberly City Council approves rennovation plan

Apr 19, 2013
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The revamped Moberly City Council didn’t wait long to begin making changes to their city.

The council recently approved an ordinance to put close to thirty thousand dollars toward repairs to city hall. The damages to the building occurred when mid-Missouri was hit by large amounts of snow back in February.

University of Missouri Health Care

Doctor David Fleming of the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine is the new president-elect of the American College of Physicians, the nation's largest medical specialty organization.

Fleming was elected to the post Thursday, and will spend the rest of the year as president-elect until his official term begins in 2014. He says he is already planning for what will be the most pressing aspects of his term.

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Clients of the Career Center in Moberly, Mo. may have to travel as far as Columbia to meet their unemployment needs if the center closes as scheduled later this month.

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The former CEO of a failed artificial sweetener facility has been released from a Missouri jail after posting $10,000 bail while awaiting trial on theft and fraud charges.

Officials at the Randolph County jail say Bruce Cole was released Monday. He faces one theft charge and four counts of securities fraud stemming from the financial collapse of a Mamtek U.S. facility in Moberly in 2011.

Grow Mid-Missouri hosts Startfest for entrepreneurs

Mar 8, 2013
Khalilah Henderson / KBIA

Moberly’s Grow Mid-Missouri program is calling for entrepreneurs throughout Missouri to voice their product ideas and promote their businesses.

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