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Business Beat: The Holiday Rush, Opening a Cookie Business December 17, 2009

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'Chocolate Doozies' are among the most popular cookies that Kirksville resident Susie Gall bakes.

Local businesses are gearing up for the holiday season, and KBIA’s Julie Black visited with a few Columbia businesses to see how they are handling the rush. Also, KBIA’s Michael Gaio introduces us to the owner of Cookie Break Cookies. Hosted by KBIA’s Ken Boehlke.

Hear it all on KBIA’s Business Beat.

New Podcast Dec. 7-11! December 17, 2009

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Eric Ling, a fifth-generation dairy farmer, says he knows of some Missouri dairy farmers who are losing $30,000 a month. (Photo credit: Jennifer Moore/KSMU)

Click here to listen to the latest Economy Project podcast.

We’ve got some interesting stories this week:

Missouri Medicaid Eligibility to be Issue in 2010 Session December 15, 2009

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he’s still determined to boost the number of poor Missourians eligible for Medicaid. The Democratic governor failed to persuade the GOP-led General Assembly earlier this year to expand Medicaid coverage to 35,000. He says he’ll try again when the 2010 session begins next month.

Here’s St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin with this report.

Business Beat: Cutting Back on Shoplifting, Businesses Avoid Layoffs December 11, 2009

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Shoplifting has historically been a major problem for businesses during the holiday season. KBIA’s Jordan Stockdale reports on what stores in Columbia are doing to cut back on the thievery. Also, KBIA’s James Steward tells us about a program businesses can utilize to avoid layoffs. Hosted by KBIA’s Ken Boehlke.

Hear it here.

New Competition for Panhandlers on KC’s Downtown Street Corners December 3, 2009

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There are a few street corners in Kansas City where you almost always see someone with a sign asking passers-by for money or food. But if you’ve driven by any of those typical spots in downtown during the past few months, you may have noticed that, instead of panhandlers, the corner is occupied by a cheery worker in a yellow windbreaker waving a sign that reads “Have a Great Day.”

It’s the latest strategy of the Downtown Community Improvement District to deal with panhandling in a hands-off, non-confrontational way.

KCUR’s Alex Smith has spent some time downtown in the past few weeks talking to the workers and the panhandlers affected by the campaign.

Click here to see information distributed by Downtown Community Improvement District security employees about panhandlers.

An Alternative to Laying Off Workers December 2, 2009

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Many employers have to face tough decisions about laying off workers.
But the Department of Labor wants them to know they have another option when it comes time to cut costs.

KBIA’s James Steward tells us how one Columbia manufacturer used this alternative to keep its employees and keep its business.