Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

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Healthcare
4:01 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

$96 Million in Cuts From Missouri's Share of Food Stamp Recipients

Credit: Clementine Gallott/Flickr

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.

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Business Review
4:45 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Mother's Production Line to Add Thousands of Barrels with Arkansas Expansion

Photo credit: Shannon Bowers

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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Labor and Income
10:10 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Springfield Officials Point to Low Cost of Living Amid Low Wage Ranking

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The average hourly wage in the Springfield metropolitan area was about 21 percent below the national average nearly a year ago. That’s according to May 2012 figures compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which were released Thursday. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has the details.

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Business Review
3:55 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Long Recognizes MSU's Small Business Center

MSU's eFactory is among area services that assist local entrepreneurs/Photo Credit: Scott Harvey

Before embarking upon his annual manufacturing trip throughout southwest Missouri, Congressman Billy Long Tuesday visited with business leaders in Springfield, where he applauded efforts to enhance economic growth. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.   

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Labor and Income
5:17 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Local Defense Contractors Concerned Over Pending Cuts

Sen. Roy Blunt addresses reporters Friday

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.

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