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Missouri Stimulus Funding Map June 30, 2009

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The Missouri House released a map outlining stimulus funding throughout the state. As of right now, Missouri has been allocated more than $4 billion in federal stimulus money. For more information on projects around the state, visit transform.mo.gov. Check back for another map detailing Gov. Nixon’s spending cuts.

Missourians Choose Between Rent, Food, Insurance June 25, 2009

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Under the Microscope 06/25/09

In Missouri nearly 300,000 people with insurance have spent more than a quarter of their pre-tax income on out-of-pocket health care costs.  This highlights a problem that many people may not realize can affect them: Even people with insurance are not protected from high medical bills.

Kirksville Airport Plans to Increase Ridership June 17, 2009

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Kirksville Regional Airport ridership is down 1/3 from original predicitions.

Kirksville Regional Airport ridership is down 1/3 from original predicitions.

Air Choice One took over Kirksville Regional Airport 10 months ago, and airline officials say ridership is less than 1/3 of what they originally projected. Air Choice One president Shane Storz says the airline is going to reduce fairs in August, which he hopes will bring in more passengers.

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Intersection Talks Economy June 4, 2009

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The third airing of Intersection on May 8, 2009, was a conversation about the economy. Click the photo below to watch it online and share your comments. Intersection, a collaboration of KBIA-FM 91.3 and the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, is a brand new community radio discussion program that fosters citizen engagement by harnessing the power of the Internet and mobile technologies.

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Biodiesel Plant Opens in Moberly, Columbia Hires Economic Development Director June 4, 2009

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Producer’s Choice board member Larry McDonald (left) leads a tour through the plant as farmer Leroy Taylor, of Palmyra, watches on. Taylor owns a farm in Palmyra and invested some money in the $17.5 million biodiesel production facility.

Producer’s Choice board member Larry McDonald (left) leads a tour through the plant as farmer Leroy Taylor watches. Taylor owns a farm in Palmyra and invested some money in the $17.5 million biodiesel production facility.

Mike Brooks was recently hired as the director of economic development for the city of Columbia.

Mike Brooks was recently hired as the director of economic development for the city of Columbia.

Business Beat 06/03/09

A new biodiesel production plant opened in Moberly this week. In Colubmia, Taylor Reeh has more on area soybean farmers are investing in the unique business model.

Historically, unemployment in Missouri has been lower than the rest of the nation, but since 2004, the state’s Department of Economic Development reports Missouri’s rate has averaged a little higher than the rest of the country. Well, as mid-Missouri finds itself reeling from the effects of this recession, the city of Columbia has hired a new director of economic development to help steer the region toward economic prosperity. Sean Powers recently spoke to the incoming director. Hosted by Janet Saidi.

Small-Town Dealers Fight to Stay with GM June 3, 2009

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Cupp Chevrolet in Marceline, Mo., received a letter from General Motors indicating that their license to sell GM cars will not be renewed. The dealership’s owner Robert Cupp recently spoke to Austin Kim about why GM dealers are important to rural America. Listen to the story here.

Cupp Chevrolet staff also launched this Web site in support of GM dealerships.

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Missouri Prison System Budget Decreases June 3, 2009

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Business Beat 05/27/09

The Missouri prison system has a multi-million dollar annual budget. Typically, it increases every year, but this year the budget actually decreased. Also a local volunteer organization helps people stay cool this summer. Hosted by Sara Wittmeyer.

Chrysler, Unemployment and the iPhone June 3, 2009

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Shane Hoffman comments on the University of Missouri Journalism School's iPhone <i>requirement</i>.

Shane Hoffman comments on the University of Missouri Journalism School's iPhone requirement.

Business Beat 05/20/09

Chrysler recently decided to cut a quarter of its 3,200 dealerships nationwide. In Columbia, Joe Garber reports on local dealers sounding off on the automaker’s decision. Also in the Faces of Unemployment series, Courtney Flatt has the story of Bob Hine, a University of Missouri sorority house chef who was laid off in December. Finally, Shane Hoffman comments on the University of Missouri Journalism School’s controversial decision to “require” incoming freshmen to purchase an iPod Touch or iPhone.

State Historical Society Plans for Future Funding June 2, 2009

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The State Historical Society begins to plan for the future.

The State Historical Society begins to plan for the future.

On the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, the state’s largest archive of historic artifacts sits almost entirely in storage in aging facilities. Ben Stewart reports that leaders at the State Historical Society of Missouri believed they had secured funding for a new building, but in May, the state legislature decided against appropriating any federal stimulus dollars toward the Historical Society.

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