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Business Review
4:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Price Cutter to Open New Location, Has Added Some 200 Jobs With Relocations

The new Price Cutter at 1260 East St. Louis Street opens Wednesday.
Scott Harvey KSMU

Price Cutter will open the doors to its newest location at National and St. Louis on Wednesday, completing the second of two relocations in Springfield.

The site was one of four properties acquired last year by Pyramid Foods, Price Cutter’s parent company, after Dillons announced it would exit the market.

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Eye on the Community
2:31 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Collective Bargaining Agreement Approved, to go Into Effect Wednesday

Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Springfield City Council on Tuesday approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), a day after the union ratified the contract.

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Municipal Election 2015
7:29 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Businesses Opposed to SOGI Law Say it’s Wrong for Government to Determine Their Policy

Credit Steve Fines / KSMU

A handful of business owners are voicing their support for repealing Springfield’s sexual orientation and gender identity ordinance.

Dick Hardy is founder and president of The Hardy Group and former member of the city’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Task Force. During a press conference Monday afternoon, Hardy presented four arguments supporting the repeal, and later reiterated those points during a phone interview with KSMU.

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Eye on the Community
4:50 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Springfield Council Accepts Arbitrator’s Recommendation, Police Union to Decide Monday

Credit KSMU Archives

A mutually agreeable collective bargaining agreement is in sight between the city of Springfield and the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 22. 

The city council received and accepted an arbitrator’s recommendations on the issue of wages during a Friday meeting, according to a news release. Wages was the one issue that was unresolved and led to an impasse between both entities in September. A hearing was then held before the arbitrator in January.

In general, the recommendations include the following:

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Sense of Community
4:45 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

New Student Housing Enhancing College Experience, Future for Springfield’s Young Tenants

Bear Village just west of MSU opened two years ago and was the first in Springfield to rent by the bed.
Bear Village with permission

Driving around the Missouri State University campus or downtown Springfield these days, you can’t help but notice construction projects at nearly every turn.  Student housing has been on the rise for the past few years, and once sparse choices are becoming a creative competition to provide unique experiences. 

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