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Missouri Senate passes farm exemptions to open records laws

The state Senate has approved exempting some types of farm data from Missouri's open-records laws.

Jobless benefit cuts weighed by Missouri high court - again

The Missouri Supreme Court is wrestling with whether to invalidate a law cutting jobless benefits because of the way it was enacted.

Missouri Senate passes tax incentives for small businesses

The Missouri Senate has passed a five-year extension to a package of tax incentives for small businesses.

Missouri House passes tax break for restaurants, grocers

Restaurants wouldn't have to pay sales and use taxes on electricity and other utilities used to prepare food under a measure headed to the Missouri Senate.

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New Fulton Sun editor comes home

I moved to Fulton by way of North Carolina, Michigan, Florida and a few other states. I was born in Kansas City, Mo., but it hasn’t been home in decades. I’m trying to figure out how things here work and I’m giving myself a little slack, knowing things happen in their own good time.

Learn before renting a storage unit

Tips from Better Business Bureau

If you have run out of storage space in the basement, office or attic, a self-storage unit can be a good solution. Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises consumers to understand a storage facility’s policies before renting units.

Missouri corn planting ahead of other states

Missouri farmers learned from last year’s planting season they are ahead of all other states in the nation for corn planting, according to the USDA Crop Progress Report. With rain predicted for the next two weeks, that’s a hopeful sign for the 2016 crop, according to University of Missouri Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold.

Take advantage of Show-Me Green tax holidays

Show-Me Green sales tax holidays in April are a great time to replace aging appliances with more energy-efficient models.

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Carl Vogel dies after cancer fight

Services pending for Jefferson City businessman and former lawmaker. Jefferson City businessman Carl Vogel lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Thursday night, 5½ weeks after his 61st birthday.

Nixon meets with Richard about trade options

Gov. Jay Nixon and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard met for about 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon, in Richard’s third floor Capitol office.

Missouri businesses join against religious-objection measure

Some Missouri business leaders are forming a coalition against a proposal that would protect some businesses that object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds.

Nixon bans box

State job applications won’t ask about criminal pasts

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri is removing questions about a job candidate’s criminal history from initial applications for work within state government, even as a legislative effort to also “ban the box” in the private sector stalls.

State employees’ compensation study underway

June 15 is the deadline for CBIZ Human Capital Services to complete its work and submit its report on how Missouri state employees’ salaries and benefits compare with others.

Post-tax prep: what to keep, what to shred

Tips from Better Business Bureau

With the due date for federal and state income taxes coming April 18, chances are you have had to gather up a lot of papers that have sensitive information. Those papers could be a gold mine for identity thieves if you fail to keep them safe.

Take care when hiring lawn and landscape contractors

Tips from Better Business Bureau

Winter has probably left your yard with some sticks or unsightly leaf litter, and grass already is turning green. Neighbors already may be mowing their lawns, disturbing your afternoon nap.

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