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John Deere layoffs to affect Coffeyville plant

by JRBJ Staff Global giant Deere & Co. – makers of John Deere tractors and farm equipment – pointed to sluggish sales in its announcement to lay off 600 employees in four of its Midwest facilities, including one in Coffeyville, Kansas. The company announced the layoffs in an Aug. 15

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MSSU announces possible partnership with Chamber, Joe Newman in DNA lab

by David Mink, JRBJ Reporter Missouri Southern State University announced Aug. 15 that a project to build a DNA laboratory on campus would include a partnership with the Joseph Newman Innovation Center. Joseph Newman director Steve Russell was onhand for a presentation to the MSSU Board of Governors, after which

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Missouri State Highway Patrol to supervise security in Ferguson

by JRBJ Staff Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Thursday, August 14 that the Missouri State Highway Patrol will begin overseeing security responsibilities in the city of Ferguson, led by Troop C Commander Capt. Ron Johnson. Prior to the announcement, the Governor spent the day on the phone with President Obama

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Joplin sales tax increases 26% over year

by JRBJ Staff The city of Joplin’s sales tax revenue increased by 26.2 percent year-over-year, according to the quarterly sales tax report from the city’s financial department. Sales tax revenues for the third quarter of 2014 were $6.6 million, compared to $5.4 million in 2013. Construction sales tax had the

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July jobs report shows upswing in employment

by JRBJ Staff The July jobs report released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development found that the state’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 13,200 jobs with unemployment at 6.5 percent. This growth contributes to the 53,600 total jobs that have been gained in 2014. Private industries to see the

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Mount Vernon health center to close, lay off 323

by JRBJ Staff University of Missouri Health Care has announced it will close Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mount Vernon by Oct. 31, according to a news release from MU. “After careful consideration and in light of recent changes in the health care environment, MU Health Care has made the difficult

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City Council to hold Aug. 11 special meeting and work session

by JRBJ Staff Joplin City Council will hold a Special Meeting followed by a work session on Monday, August 11. The Special Meeting is being held for the purpose of councilmembers to hear the official results of the August 5 primary elections. The work session to follow will include an

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