Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

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Upon finalizing the 2014 budget Friday, Greene County officials say they’ve managed to avoid cutting nearly 20 jobs that were originally on the chopping block. However, eight will be eliminated as part of $1.1 million in budget reductions.  KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.

Greene County Commissioner Harold Bengsch says they were able to preserve some essential positions by moving them into other areas, including the recent law enforcement sales tax fund.

A boost more than four years ago to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, ran out Friday. What impact will it have on poor families in the Ozarks? KSMU’s Scott Harvey explains.

The increase to the program in 2009 came as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. But now that those additional funds have expired, the average family of three will have about $30 less to buy food each month, according to Center on Budget and Policy.

Local agencies are feeling the pinch after Congress failed to reach a midnight deadline for a stop-gap spending bill, preventing an estimated 800,000 federal employees from working. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports on who is and isn’t open for business.

Springfield City Utilities celebrated the opening of its new bus maintenance facility on Boonville and Locust Friday. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and has this report. 

Springfield-based Mother’s Brewing Company is now serving its beer in northwest Arkansas. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, Monday’s announcement comes amid a series of events planned this week to help kick start the campaign.

The company believes they can sell between 3,000-5,000 barrels over the next few years in the region. That includes the cities of Fayetteville, Springdale, Lowell, Rogers, Bentonville, Bella Vista and Eureka Springs.

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