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Business Review
3:51 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

State of the Workforce Survey Findings Released

Credit Michele Skalicky / KSMU

The state of the workforce is positive overall in Southwest Missouri.  That's according to a survey released today by the Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center during a luncheon at the White River Conference Center.  A total of 368 organizations--both for profit and not-for-profit--in Greene, Taney, Christian, Webster, Polk, Dallas and Stone Counties responded.

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Business Review
4:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

IMAGES: New Silver Dollar City Addition Set to Open in March

Bell Tower at SDC's Fireman's Landing Before it's Put in Place
Michele Skalicky KSMU

A new addition to Silver Dollar City is closer to completion--and it contains a little bit of history.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky visited the construction site and has more.

Workers set the bell tower on top of Fireman's Landing today.  The tower holds a 30", 650 pound iron bell.  Brad Thomas is general manager of Silver Dollar City.

"It was actually built in 1890, used in Michigan in a community center," he said.

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Business Review
5:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Price Cutter to Move Into Two Former Dillons Stores, Add Jobs

Price Cutter will move its 40,000 square foot store at 1730 South Campbell Avenue to thisformer Dillons store at 1260 East St. Louis Street, which has 56,000 square feet. Price Cutter will also add jobs when it opens this site and another within the next 30 days.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Two former Springfield Dillons’ locations will soon be home to Price Cutter, whose parent company is now advertising for positions on its website.

Pyramid Foods, which owns Price Cutter stores, entered into an agreement to acquire all four Dillon’s locations in the city last year. More than 400 employees were impacted when the stores closed just before Christmas.

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Police and Courts
12:10 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Settlement Reached After MO Attorney General Sues Tyson

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster Announces Settlement With Tyson
Credit Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Tyson Foods will pay a total of $540,000 in penalties, damages and environmental improvements stemming from a fish kill in Barry County.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

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Business Review
11:50 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Springfield-Branson National Airport Seeing Significant Growth

Jet at Springfield-Branson National Airport
Credit sgf-branson-airport.com

2014 was a good year for the Springfield-Branson National Airport.  According to airport officials, it was the fourth busiest in the 69-year history of SGF.

The total passenger count was 846,324, a 12 percent increase from the year before.  Brian Weiler, director of aviation, says 2014 was the best year the airport’s had since the beginning of the economic recession.  He believes it’s a strong indication that the local and national economies are improving.

According to SGF, every month of 2014 showed strong growth, but the most was in July and September.

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