Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

Two weeks after a Springfield citizens' taskforce vowed to repeal a recent city council decision to bring in a new Walmart, the group has submitted their referendum petition. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

Gauging the situation of local defense contractors, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt was in Springfield Friday meeting with more than a dozen business leaders from around the region. KSMU’s Scott Harvey was in attendance and has this report.

Contractors of various items like suspension systems, security technologies and ground support services offered input during the roundtable discussion inside Springfield’s Army National Guard Armory.

A new report shows total passengers flying in and out of Springfield-Branson National Airport grew by 2.8 percent in 2012 from the previous year. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

While there were more passengers, revenue at the airport was basically flat because of fewer flights, says airport Spokesman Kent Boyd.

Today, we begin our five-part series, “Justice for All: The Missouri Public Defender System in Crisis.” In this segment, KSMU’s Jennifer Moore looks at why the system has been shutting its doors, and how one rural Ozarks man is caught in the middle of it all.

Behind layer after layer of steel and concrete, 22-year-old Jared Blacksher has been sitting for five months in the Christian County jail without an attorney.

A major employer celebrated its one-year anniversary in Springfield this week. KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

A Springfield employer held a celebration Wednesday, one year after it opened.

T-Mobile's Customer Service Center employs 660 people, and plans to have 820 full-time employees by early next year. Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan was on hand for the celebration.

Carnahan says the jobs the T-Mobile Customer Service Center provides are the kind of jobs that are needed in Springfield.

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