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Business Review
5:41 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Why Does Missouri Have The Lowest Gas Prices In The Country?

The Conoco at 3934 S. Grand Blvd was selling gas for $2.07 on Monday.

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 10:52 pm

It’s sticker shock turned upside down.

Filling up your gas tank is almost pleasant as prices at the pump continue to fall. In St. Louis on Monday, a gallon of gas averaged $2.22, but it could be found for as low as $2.07.

While the entire country is seeing lower gas prices, Missouri has averaged the lowest. The American Automobile Association listed the state’s average as $2.25 a gallon on Monday. Meanwhile the average in Illinois was $2.57; in California it was $2.87 and a whopping $2.98 in New York.

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Business Review
1:57 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

With Black Friday in the Books, Springfield Shoppers, Economist Weigh In


There’s still a few weeks left in the holiday shopping season. And retailers are hoping for a rebound from a reported 11 percent decline in Black Friday sales. KSMU’s Briana Simmons spoke with some Springfield shoppers and has this report.

One Springfield citizen we spoke to called the scene at Battlefield Mall on Thanksgiving night more mellow than expected. The same was true for Dr. David Mitchell, an economist at Missouri State University.

“I was out on Black Friday and I was amazed at how few people were out at the mall,” Mitchell said.

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Business Review
4:19 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

City Utilities Dedicates Largest Solar Farm in Missouri

The solar farm is off of Farm Road 112 in northeast Springfield
City Utilities

Springfield citizens and businesses may soon have another renewal energy option. City Utilities on Friday held a dedication ceremony for a 40-acre solar farm northeast of Springfield that officials say can power approximately 900 homes each year. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has details.

The site, which was constructed and will be operated by North Carolina-based Strata Solar, consists of nearly 22,000 panels, making it the largest solar farm in Missouri. The project was developed by St. Louis-based Solexus Development. It is capable of producing 4.95 megawatts of energy.

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Business Review
5:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Missouri State’s $22 million in FY 2014 Grants Marks Record

Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Grants to Missouri State University increased nine percent in Fiscal Year 2014 compared to the previous year. The university’s Office of Research Administration announced this week that a total of 289 grants donated to faculty and staff set a new record of $22 million.

These externally funded grants are used for a broad spectrum of ventures at Missouri State, says Dr. Erin Parrish, director of Research Administration. One example, she says, is funding from the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which aids teaching training.

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Eye on the Community
3:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Park Board Implements New Photo Policy

Nathanael Greene Botanical Center is a popular photo spot in Springfield.
Credit KSMY/Taylor Vance

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has implemented a new photography policy outlining how photographers and videographers may operate in public parks. KSMU’s Taylor Vance has the story.

The policy is designed to help preserve the parks and help reduce potential damages that can occur from photography sessions.

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