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PORT HAS FEWER MARITIME JOBS AFTER EXPANSION; AGENCY SAYS OK


GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi Gulf Coast port has fewer maritime jobs now than it did before a $570 million restoration and expansion project funded by a federal grant.

But the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the state is complying with job-creation requirements. The Sun Herald reports Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is calling the project a success.

Mississippi Development Authority pledged to create 1,300 full-time maritime jobs at the Port of Gulfport in exchange for money HUD provided for economic development after Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005 and damaged the port.

HUD had long questioned whether the port was meeting job goals, but said in a June 25 letter to MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough that the concerns have been satisfied.

http://www.mpbonline.org/blogs/news/2019/07/03/port-has-fewer-maritime-jobs-after-expansion-agency-says-ok/

This sounds very much like the Reagan era "Ketchup is a Vegetable" method of accounting.

PORT HAS FEWER MARITIME JOBS AFTER EXPANSION; AGENCY SAYS OK


GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi Gulf Coast port has fewer maritime jobs now than it did before a $570 million restoration and expansion project funded by a federal grant.

But the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the state is complying with job-creation requirements. The Sun Herald reports Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is calling the project a success.

Mississippi Development Authority pledged to create 1,300 full-time maritime jobs at the Port of Gulfport in exchange for money HUD provided for economic development after Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005 and damaged the port.

HUD had long questioned whether the port was meeting job goals, but said in a June 25 letter to MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough that the concerns have been satisfied.

http://www.mpbonline.org/blogs/news/2019/07/03/port-has-fewer-maritime-jobs-after-expansion-agency-says-ok/

This sounds very much like the Reagan era "Ketchup is a Vegetable" method of accounting.

'It truly can be any one of us': Missourians are food insecure all over the state

FOOD INSECURITY: PART 1

When it comes to food insecurity in Missouri, there is no single story. Instead, the narratives are as sweeping and complex as the regions that produce them.

In the peach and apple orchards east of Kansas City, migrant farmworkers pick fruit — around them, no grocery stores exist for over 20 miles in any direction. Inside the city, one of the longest-lasting black-owned grocery stores in the country shuttered in May after nearly 51 years, leaving the neighborhood without the ease and proximity it provided. Near the top of the Bootheel, in Sikeston, seniors seek résumé-building assistance from the local job center; they’re going back to work so they can make ends meet.

The busboys, waiters and housekeepers who keep plates heaping and floors sleek during Branson’s bustling tourism season live in extended-stay motels without kitchens, stuck in cycles of seasonal and low wages. In the off-months, they’re out of work.

In Columbia, refugees find food through programs private and public. Burmese Christians and relocated Iraqis wait in line at Central Pantry, a grocery-store-style program operated by the local food bank.

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/state_news/it-truly-can-be-any-one-of-us-missourians-are/article_05ebfe0c-7995-11e9-96e3-b7538c0ddc92.html#tncms-source=block-contextual-fallback

Some big farms collect big checks from Trump aid package

MINNEAPOLIS — When President Donald Trump’s administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped.

But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around them, records provided to The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act show.

The government paid out nearly $2.8 million to a Missouri soybean-growing operation registered as three entities at the same address. More than $900,000 went to five other farm businesses, in Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and two in Texas. Three other farming operations collected more than $800,000. Sixteen more collected over $700,000. And the data list more than 3,000 recipients who collected more than the $125,000 cap.

Recipients who spoke to AP defended the payouts, saying they didn’t cover their losses from the trade war, and they were legally entitled to them. U.S. Department of Agriculture rules let farms file claims for multiple family members or other partners who meet the department’s definition of being “actively engaged in farming.”

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/state_news/some-big-farms-collect-big-checks-from-trump-aid-package/article_f3a15f86-1480-545b-b0c2-89f71bb33353.html

High-Profile Doctor To Be Planned Parenthood's First Medical Officer

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri has hired one of its most visible doctors as its first full-time chief medical officer.

Colleen McNicholas, who’s worked as an OB-GYN at the organization’s St. Louis clinic, started her job on July 1. As chief medical officer, she’ll oversee and coordinate medical care at Planned Parenthood clinics across the region.

Planned Parenthood clinics, including the one in St. Louis, have often hired doctors from other institutions such as Washington University for part-time medical director positions. But the time commitment involved made it clear the nonprofit needed a full-time employee, said Cathy Williams, the organization’s acting CEO.

“We felt that as we wanted to expand both our footprint here in Missouri and the offering of our services, we need somebody who’s going to be full time on the staff,” Williams said.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/high-profile-doctor-be-planned-parenthoods-first-medical-officer

St. Louis County Council To Subpoena Owners Of Former Northwest Plaza About Lease

The St. Louis County Council wants to force the owners of a former St. Ann mall that houses county services to appear before a committee investigating the lease.

It’s part of a longstanding investigation into how former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger entered into an agreement to move a number of agencies to the Crossings at Northwest, formerly known as Northwest Plaza.

At issue is a lease Stenger signed in 2016 to move county departments, including the Board of Election Commissioners, to the complex. Stenger resigned earlier this year after being indicted on public corruption charges not related to the Northwest lease.

Among other things, council members have raised sharp questions about whether the cost of the lease is higher than they were lead to believe. They’ve also raised the alarm about how property owners David and Robert Glarner gave Stenger’s campaign hundreds of thousands of dollars.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-council-subpoena-owners-former-northwest-plaza-about-lease

State Police Ramping Up Training, Drug Testing Efforts Ahead of New Cannabis Law

Illinois’ weed legalization law won’t take effect until next year, but the Illinois State Police is wasting no time. That agency is preparing to enforce new regulations surrounding legal cannabis.

Brendan Kelly, acting director of the State Police, states the more obvious of those regulations:

“You still can’t be driving around with a pound of weed in the front seat of your car. That’s still against the law," he said. "You can’t be under the influence of cannabis while you are driving, so there’s been some regulation and laws put in place."

The new law gives the State Police nearly $5 million for enforcement activities.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-police-ramping-training-drug-testing-efforts-ahead-new-cannabis-law

Local Camera Store Closing.


While this won't affect most of the people in this group. I thought I would pass it along as just another indicator of how tough it is in Niche Retailing and The Retail Sector in general. This small local chain operated about 9 stores at one time headquarters in Creve Couer, Missouri (a St. Louis suburb) but with stores in Columbia,MO and Springfield, IL as well. The did classes, hosted seminars, photo printing and alike.

Dear Creve Coeur Camera Customer,
The camera business has been tough, so rather than fighting it…we are closing it!
After 40 years, we had made the decision to take our business another direction.
As of today, all inventory in the store is going on sale.

Our sale hours will be Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Don't miss out on this last opportunity to capture great deals on all photo gear!!!
All Sales Final.

Local Camera Store Closing.


While this won't affect most of the people in this group. I thought I would pass it along as just another indicator of how tough it is in Niche Retailing and The Retail Sector in general. This small local chain operated about 9 stores at one time headquarters in Creve Couer, Missouri (a St. Louis suburb) but with stores in Columbia,MO and Springfield, IL as well. The did classes, hosted seminars, photo printing and alike.

Dear Creve Coeur Camera Customer,
The camera business has been tough, so rather than fighting it…we are closing it!
After 40 years, we had made the decision to take our business another direction.
As of today, all inventory in the store is going on sale.

Our sale hours will be Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Don't miss out on this last opportunity to capture great deals on all photo gear!!!
All Sales Final.

Local Camera Store Closing.

While this won't affect most of the people in this group. I thought I would pass it along as just another indicator of how tough it is in Niche Retailing and The Retail Sector in general. This small local chain operated about 9 stores at one time headquarters in Creve Couer, Missouri (a St. Louis suburb) but with stores in Columbia,MO and Springfield, IL as well. The did classes, hosted seminars, photo printing and alike.

Dear Creve Coeur Camera Customer,
The camera business has been tough, so rather than fighting it…we are closing it!
After 40 years, we had made the decision to take our business another direction.
As of today, all inventory in the store is going on sale.

Our sale hours will be Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Don't miss out on this last opportunity to capture great deals on all photo gear!!!
All Sales Final.
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