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OTC secures $1.3M grant from state

The community college is launching a plumbing program in 2024.

Councilmember Matthew Simpson withdraws sponsorship for related annexation bill. 

A Citizens Memorial Health Care director and a Springfield entrepreneur get the nod from the governor.

At contentious Springfield City Council meeting, the councilperson says, “Developers have the ear of council and neighbors don’t.” 

Traffic rose by 14.6% in 2022, according to officials, ending just below the high mark in 2019.

Locally, White River Valley Electric Cooperative receives the largest grant to provide reliable internet access in locations lacking it.

Mike Crocker is among honorees for this year's Salute to Travel & Tourism Awards Banquet.

The home in north Springfield hosts temporary stays for guests in need.

The state's nonfarm payroll employment ranks decrease by 5,000 jobs in December from November.

The governor emphasizes infrastructure, workforce development and education, and health care, among other topics.

During 12 People You Need to Know, the governing board member says she intends to run in the April election.

Mark Powell has held the role since 2000.

The university receives funding to work with law enforcement agencies.

Mayor Ken McClure is challenged, and Richard Ollis won't seek re-election.

An exception was in the area of robberies, which officials say will continue to be a focus in 2023. 

As recreational marijuana sales are expected to begin statewide next month, legal and human resources officials say the clock is ticking for employers to ensure their workplace policies are up to date.

Voters will decide on lodging tax expansion in April.

Newsmakers in the areas of health care, law, municipal and nonprofit.

In November 2018, nearly two-thirds of Missouri voters approved Proposition B, an initiative that substantially increased the state’s minimum wage. The hike raised base pay to $12 per hour from $7.85 – a 53% increase – over five years, reaching that target on Jan. 1.

The 2023 state legislative session, which commenced Jan. 4, has officials with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry eager to see how its high-priority goals can be addressed in Jefferson City this year.

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