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Freeman earns top rating from safety group

by JRBJ Staff Joplin’s Freeman Health System received an “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog that rates hospitals based on safety and protection of patients. Freeman was the only hospital in Southwest Missouri to score an A rating, according to HospitalSafetyScore.org, Leapfrog’s online portal for

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Amazon, Southwire closures to have $18M impact in SEK

by JRBJ Staff The Montgomery County Recovery Team is estimating that closures by Amazon.com and Southwire in Coffeyville, Kansas will result in a loss of $18.6 million in payroll for area employees. MCRT released its findings Nov. 18 after spending the last few months researching the potential impact of the

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MO unemployment hits lowest rate since 2008

by JRBJ Staff The Missouri unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent in October, according to seasonally adjusted data released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. This is the lowest rate in Missouri since June 2008. During the month of October, Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 2,400 jobs, according

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Joplin council to weigh $8.2M bond issuance for Cott Beverages

by JRBJ Staff The Joplin City Council will decide whether to issue up to $8.2 million in industrial revenue bonds to InSite Real Estate LLC, which is proposing to develop a 231,350 square-foot warehouse facility for Joplin-based Cott Beverages. The council will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at Joplin

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PSU survey paved way for new restaurants

by JRBJ Staff Sonya Bhakta has a few feathers to put in her hat. Bhakta, a Pittsburg State University graduate and the former president of the college’s MBA Association, spearheaded a 2012 student survey in Pittsburg, Kansas to pinpoint the retail wants and needs of the student body, according to

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Pittsburg chamber announces Women of Distinction

JRBJ Staff The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce announced its 2015 Women of Distinction on Nov. 11. The 12 honorees will be featured in the chamber’s community calendar to be released on Dec. 4. The honorees, in alphabetical order, are: Lou Ann Colyer – SKIL Resource Center Audrey Dickey –

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Neosho chamber announces Business of the Year finalists

JRBJ Staff The Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce announced on Nov. 7 the finalists for the 2014 Business of the Year. Three finalists were selected for each of the three categories: Non-Profit Organization, Small Business and Large Business. They were chosen based on review of an application packet with questions regarding

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