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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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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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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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Business Beat: June 16, 2010 June 16, 2010

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon tours the Dana Automotive Systems Group’s parts plant in Columbia on June 15. Nixon was visiting the plant to speak with workers and the press about legislation that intends to attract the Ford Motor Company to do more business in the state. (Photo by Quint Smith, KBIA)

On this week’s Business Beat from KBIA: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon promotes the Automotive Manufacturing Jobs Act, saying auto jobs will soon be a driving force in the state’s economy. The Columbia Chamber of Commerce selects its 2010 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. And, the Better Business Bureau branch announces a new Columbia location, just as REDI says it may open offices in the city’s downtown. Hosted by KBIA’s Courtney Flatt.

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The Gender Gap and University Careers June 15, 2010

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Rebecca Dingo and her daughter, Lucia, play outside of her home in Columbia. Dingo is an assistant professor in MU's English and Women's Studies departments and is taking advantage of the University's clock-stop policy, which allows new parents extra time before going up for tenure.

A special report on the academic gender gap: Or, the difference between how women professors and male professors do in their careers. A collaborative report with Investigative Reporters and Editors, on KBIA’s Exam, hosted by KBIA’s Janet Saidi.

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UM System: Further State Budget Cuts Shouldn’t Hurt University June 11, 2010

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UM System President Gary Forsee speaks outside of the University of Missouri Board of Curators meeting.

UM officials say they shouldn’t be subjected to more cuts from the governor’s office. KBIA’s Maureen McCollum brings us this story.

At the University of Missouri Board of Curators meeting Thursday, curators questioned whether they should keep accepting cuts, even though it made a deal with governor’s office to not raise tuition in exchange for minimal blows to the school’s budget. Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to cut another $350 million across the board from next the next fiscal year budget, which begins July 1.

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State Historical Society Could Receive Funding for New Facility June 10, 2010

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The State Historical Society could receive funding for a new facility.

From KBIA, Maureen McCollum reports that the State Historical Society could be getting money to move into a new facility. University of Missouri System officials have made it a priority to budget more than $46 million to the Historical Society for fiscal year 2012. The funding would still need approval from the state legislature. The State Historical Society is currently located in a wing of Ellis Library. UM Vice President for Finance and Administration Nikki Krawitz says the Historical Society wants a new building to take better care of its collection.

“The facilities are inadequate for their needs, and the ability of the public to have access to the documents and the materials the State Historical Society has is limited because of the parking and access issues.”

The Historical Society has experienced a number of state budget cuts in recent years. It’s had to downsize staff and cutback on hours of operation. Krawitz says the system’s funding would only go towards a new building, and not towards other Historical Society needs. It would be up to the Historical Society to find a new facility or location.

Business Beat: June 9, 2010 June 9, 2010

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Female business leaders listen to U.S. Sen. Kit Bond speak at a recent Women's Business Conference in Columbia.

Female business leaders listen to U.S. Sen. Kit Bond speak at a recent Women's Business Conference in Columbia.

On this week’s Business Beat from KBIA: The University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business appoints a new dean. Plus, Democrats propose raising the state’s cigarette tax. And, U.S. Sen. Kit Bond attends a Women’s Business Conference. Hosted by KBIA’s Courtney Flatt.

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