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In diverging from their parties, governor candidates create race defined by policy

The Missouri governor’s race offers a choice between elected experience and an outsider’s fresh perspective. It’s a referendum on right-to-work in Missouri. It’s a contest between continuing to push for Medicaid expansion and seeking another path. It is — refreshingly — an election centered on contrasting positions that relate to important Missouri issues. What it’s not is a race defined

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Marshall — Embracing the past while keeping both eyes on the future

When you’re looking at a map of Missouri, the town of Marshall is fairly easy to spot. You’ll find it conveniently located at the crossroads of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. “We’ve worked on several expansions here in Saline County,” says Bill Riggins, executive director of the Marshall-Saline Economic Development Corporation. “We’re seeing people get excited about things moving for- ward,

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Manufacturers open their doors to attract a future workforce

The first time Tyler Collins walked onto a modern manufacturing floor, his perceptions about factory work instantly changed. “I was blown away,” said Collins, a junior at Elsberry High School. “I had no idea, really, what machining consisted of and it was kind of a shocker at first.” Collins had just visited the factory floor at Toyota-Bodine, a robotics-aided facility

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Training for Life—Businesses rally in support of Special Olympics

Watching 40-year-old Special Olympics Missouri athlete Bobby Williams play tennis, you might not notice he lives with an intellectual disability. Williams, who is from Lee’s Summit, has been smashing balls over the net during Special Olympics tennis matches for more than 12 years, clinching three gold medals during two appearances at the Special Olympics USA Games. This summer, Williams brought

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Bonne Terre—Where hidden treasures are below the surface

Tourism in Bonne Terre is looking down. Way, way down. That’s not really a bad thing. Bonne Terre’s biggest tourist attraction lies 80 feet underground and under a billion gallons of water. Bonne Terre got its name in 1720 from French settlers who discovered the ground contained the richest lead ore in the world. They called their settlement “La Terre

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The Family Business—Inside the company behind baseball’s leading franchise

When Anheuser-Busch put the St. Louis Cardinals up for sale in 1995, the team looked like a risky bet for any future owner. A labor strike had eroded fans’ interest in baseball, and the Cardinals were perceived as financially handicapped due to the team’s small market size. Even on the field, things weren’t looking good—in 1994 and again in 1995,

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Post-Game Plan—A growing Missouri company helps athletes manage their wealth

As a former NHL defenseman, Tom Tilley knows a lot about delivering big checks. He also still remembers the life-altering experience of receiving his first big check from the St. Louis Blues. “It’s a strange feeling to, all of the sudden, realize you can buy just about whatever you want,” says Tilley, who played for the Blues in the late

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