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Business Beat: July 14, 2010 July 14, 2010

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Governor Nixon announces the opening of a sugar substitute’s production facility in Moberly. Nixon says the new facility will create 612 new jobs. (Photo by: Rebecca Wolfson, KBIA News.)

On this week’s Business Beat from KBIA:A Columbia Youth Program is hoping to make it easier for teens to find summer jobs. Plus, a multinational sugar substitute company is setting up shop in Moberly. And, the Department of Economic Development releases its June 2010 state jobs report. Hosted by KBIA’s Courtney Flatt.

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Food Stamps Could Purchase More at Farmer’s Market July 12, 2010

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The Columbia Farmer's Market. (Photo by Laura Parkinson, KBIA)

Some families may soon be able to stretch the value of their food stamps at the Columbia Farmer’s Market. KBIA’s Maureen McCollum brings us this story.

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Business Beat: July 7, 2010 July 7, 2010

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Competitors at Eldon's Rockin' Barbecue festival.

On this week’s Business Beat from KBIA: Competitive barbecue teams serve up their best at Eldon’s Rockin’ Barbecue. Plus, in Fulton, one organization is trying to convince city officials to ban outdoor smoking. Hosted by KBIA’s Courtney Flatt.

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Missouri Revenues Drop in FY 2010 July 2, 2010

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Missouri Budget Director Linda Luebbering (Photo by: Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio.)

State revenues in Missouri dropped by more than 9 percent during the fiscal year that just ended, making it one of the worst in recent memory. St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin reports.

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Missouri Senate Drafts New Auto Incentives Bill July 2, 2010

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Missouri Capitol Building

Missouri Senate Leaders are bypassing a committee that’s blocking legislation to provide auto incentives during the ongoing special session. St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin reports.

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Missouri Senate Passes Pensions Bill July 1, 2010

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St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin reports that the Missouri Senate has passed legislation to restructure the state’s pension system. The bill would raise the retirement age for state workers to 67, require new workers to pay into their pensions, and create a new investment board for the state’s various pension plans. Senate Majority Floor Leader Kevin Engler says the new board would look for the best places to grow money:

“What we’re trying to do is give those boards the flexibility to go to the best return, where it’s in a down market or up market, to try to beat the markets.”

The House version of the bill does not contain an investment board. Members there say the provision would add a new level of bureaucracy and invite corruption.

Business Beat: June 30, 2010 June 30, 2010

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The Jefferson City City Council unanimously voted to place a smoking-ban ordinance on the November ballot.

On this week’s Business Beat from KBIA: The Jefferson City City Council unanimously voted this month to put a smoking-ban ordinance on the November ballot. If passed, the ordinance will make restaurants, bars and other enclosed public places in the capital city smoke-free. Plus, University of Missouri System officials say they hope to expand the network of statewide research parks under new leadership. Hosted by KBIA’s Courtney Flatt.

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Disability, Mental Health Providers Deal with Reduced State Funds June 24, 2010

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Psychologists, in-home care providers for the disabled, and drug abuse counselors in Missouri are facing a two percent payment reduction from the state.KCUR’s Elana Gordon has this report.

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Business Beat: June 23, 2010 June 23, 2010

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Sirens may not be the only way Jefferson City residents learn about bad weather soon. The city's police department is looking into adding phone alerts to its warning system.

On this week’s Business Beat from KBIAMissouri’s Department of Economic Development reports that the unemployment rate fell slightly in May. And, Jefferson City Police, along with more and more companies, look into alerting residents with two systems. Hosted by KBIA’s Courtney Flatt.

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Simulating Poverty June 22, 2010

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If you grew up in Kansas City anytime since 1980, you probably took a school field trip to Exchange City. At this learning center, grade school students take on the roles of various members of an adult community, like the mayor, banker and radio reporter, to learn how the economy of the “real world” really works.

The United Service Community Action Agency in Kansas City offers adults a chance to play make believe and learn about a different kind of “real world”: the reality of poverty. In a poverty simulation, participants are invited to take on the role of a person struggling to make ends meet.

KCUR’s Alex Smith went to a poverty simulation to find out more.

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