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Philip Joens is a News Tribune staff writer covering businesses large and small in and around Jefferson City. A Sioux City, Iowa native, he has dabbled in business and sports journalism during most of his young career. Previously he covered technology at the Pacific Coast Business Times in Santa Barbara, California, interned at the Los Angeles Business Journal and on the sports desk at KTIV News 4 in Sioux City. During his free time he umpires baseball and officiates basketball locally, and he enjoys writing poetry and riding his road bike. Follow him on Twitter at @Philip_Joens.

Port authority applies for grant

Published Jan. 10 2019

The Heartland Port Authority Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to apply for a grant with the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Fitzpatrick appointed state treasurer

Published Dec. 20 2018

Gov. Mike Parson filled the latest vacancy for a statewide elected office Wednesday afternoon when he named state Rep. Scott...

Hitachi buying ABB division; impact on Jefferson City plant unclear

Published Dec. 17 2018

Switzerland-based tech conglomerate ABB sold its power grids division to Japan tech conglomerate Hitachi on Monday afternoon in a deal...

Chamber outlines next steps in building port

Published Nov. 8 2018

With the Heartland Port Authority Board of Commissioners formed, the project's leaders said they want to build a port that...

Port Authority application approved

Published Sep. 6 2018

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved an application to create the Heartland Port Authority of Central Missouri at its...

Farms feeling effects of ongoing drought

Published Aug. 24 2018

Drought conditions remained about the same across Mid-Missouri over the last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly...

Missouri opens hay, water programs for farmers amid drought

Published Aug. 20 2018

Gov. Mike Parson on Monday announced a pair of programs his administration hope will help farmers stave off the worst...

Governor signs income tax cut

Published Jul. 12 2018

Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill lowering Missouri's personal income tax rate from 5.9 percent to 5.5 percent Jan....

Prop. A debate heats up

Published Jul. 1 2018

In just more than five weeks, Missouri voters will decide if Missouri is a right-to-work state.

Study: Port to make big economic impact

Published Jul. 1 2018

Cargo — and potentially more than 4,000 jobs over 25 years — could be docking in Jefferson City if a...

MADD urges drivers to stay sober, safe over summer

Published May. 25 2018

With Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, community members on Thursday reminded people around Mid-Missouri to drive...

Regional leaders drafting plan to create Jefferson City port authority

Published May. 13 2018

Hiding within Missouri's border lies an untapped economic engine.The Missouri River runs 550 miles from the state's northwest corner to...

Southern Boone passes levy for gym

Published Apr. 4 2018

A $4.8 million bond issue to build a new elementary school gymnasium was approved by a wide margin Tuesday in...

General Laws Committee hears from Rowden, right-to-work supporters

Published Mar. 29 2018

Missourians could vote this November on whether to enshrine Missouri's right-to-work law into the state Constitution.

Farmers uneasy about potential trade war

Published Mar. 25 2018

Missouri farming groups fear possible trade wars with China and Japan because of new tariffs outlined this month by President...

Technical apprenticeship programs currently in the works

Published Mar. 24 2018

New apprenticeship programs statewide will be created by the Missouri Department of Economic Development as part of a recently announced...

State program overhaul to benefit farmers, small business owners

Published Mar. 21 2018

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt on Tuesday announced an overhaul to a program that gives small businesses and farmers low-interest...

Missouri No. 1 in academic gains among adult education students

Published Mar. 20 2018

For the second time in three years, Missourians enrolled in adult education classes performed among the best in the country.

Statewide Mediacom outage affects Missouri customers Wednesday

Published Mar. 15 2018

An outage affected between 70,000-90,000 Mediacom customers through Missouri on Wednesday included customers in Jefferson City.

Missouri House bill tackles arbitration in sexual harassment claims

Published Mar. 15 2018

A bill considered by a Missouri House Committee on Wednesday could prevent companies from requiring employees to sign non-disclosure agreements...