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Freeman to break ground on home for autism center

by JRBJ Staff Freeman Health System is set to break ground Aug. 5 on a permanent home for the Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, according to a release from the hospital. The center – originally known as Ozark Center for Autism – was destroyed in the 2011 tornado.

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SEK college dismisses president and JRBJ honoree Tatro

by JRBJ Staff Fort Scott Community College has dismissed its president and appointed an interim president from its board of trustees, according to a story from the Fort Scott Tribune. President Clayton Tatro – a 2011 JRBJ 15 Under 40 honoree – was dismissed by the board during a July

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Refinery shuts down after four injured in fire

by JRBJ Staff Officials with CVR Refining shut down the company’s Coffeyville, Kansas plant after a fire injured four workers on July 29, according to a statement from CVR. The fire occurred at 12:30 a.m. at the refinery’s isomerization unit and was extinguished by approximately 1:18 a.m., according to the

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Peter Edwards named Joplin City Attorney

by JRBJ Staff Joplin City Council voted in an executive session on July 21 to appoint Peter Edwards as the Joplin City Attorney. Edwards has been Assistant City Attorney since 2002. He was named Interim City Attorney in May upon the resignation of former City Attorney Brian Head. “Because of

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Gas prices drop in ‘miracle’ move during peak season

by JRBJ Staff Retail gasoline prices are on a miraculous drop during the heat of the summer driving season, according to an AP report. Prices around the nation have fallen more than 9 cents in the past two weeks, thanks largely to an uptick in the amount of petroleum being

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KSBDC to host four business development workshops

by JRBJ Staff Four business related workshops will be held on August 13-14 in Pittsburg and Iola, Kansas. The workshops are hosted by the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Pittsburg State University. They will focus on assisting aspiring business owners, current business owners or anyone who is curious about

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UMB sees 2Q earnings bump

by JRBJ Staff UMB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: UMBF) announced second quarter earnings of 77 cents per share, up slightly over the same period in 2013, when earnings were 75 cents per share. Net income for the quarter ending March 31 was $34.7 million, a 15.8 percent increase over the same

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Art Walk: June 2014

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Photo Gallery: Most Influential Women 2014

  by JRBJ Staff Joplin Regional Business Journal hosted its...
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