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Gerry Tritz

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Burger King sued over unpaid franchise fees

Jefferson City’s Burger King is one of seven in Missouri that hasn’t paid its franchise fees and should cease operating, a lawsuit filed by the Burger King Corporation (BKC) alleges.

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FAFSA frenzy

Jefferson City High School senior Cassidi Surface wants to go on to earn a degree in political science.

BizBeat: Small Business Day set for Thursday

NFIB/Missouri and Associated Industries of Missouri’s annual Small Business Day will be at the Capitol in Jefferson City from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday. Call 866-782-6390.

BizBeat: Mediacom doubles broadband speeds

It's $100 a month, but if you’ve got the need for 105 Mbps of download speed, Mediacom’s got the Internet service for you: Ultra 105.

BizBeat: Earnings report says Capital Mall sold for $11M

Price per square foot considerably lower than other properties

General Growth Properties’ most recent quarterly earnings report lists the selling price of Capital Mall at $11 million. GGP sold the mall to F&F Development in December but price wasn't disclosed then.

Business becomes focus of photographer’s passion

City issues 27 business licenses in December

After earning a pair of business degrees, Lindsey Pantaleo has turned her passion for photography into a moneymaking venture. She’s one of 27 businesses that Jefferson City issued business licenses to in December.

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CVB hopes to borrow MSP-related artifacts for museum

The Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau is asking the public for help in finding artifacts and memorabilia from the old Missouri State Penitentiary which they can loan to the new MSP Museum.

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New ‘Survivor’ offers Hope

Jefferson City’s Hope Driskill is about to be in the national spotlight again. The 2011 Miss Missouri USA is a contestant on the new “Survivor” show beginning next month.

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Barbecue was smokin’ at Missouri Showcase

It was a barbecue lover’s dream: three of the top barbecue joints in Missouri — heck, the nation — all serving up dishes of their best stuff at the same place. For free.

Jellyweek starts to gel for entrepreneurs

If you’re a business person seeking collaboration with other business types, consider attending this week’s "Jelly" event. From 8-5 this Wednesday through Friday, a handful of local entrepreneurs will gather at Start Up Jefferson City’s office, 411 Madison St.

Escort service granted business license

Jefferson City has licensed an escort service, perhaps the city’s first. But two phone numbers associated with Lonely Heart Companion Services, which has a web page, don’t work.

ABB: Wind energy tax credit will help indirectly

When Congress recently passed legislation to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” it also continued a tax credit for wind energy that could give an indirect boost to Jefferson City’s ABB plant.

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Winery reopening under new ownership

The former Summit Lake Winery will reopen as Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant around March 1, sporting a full-service, American-style restaurant and expanded bar.

City’s first tattoo shop has closed

Jefferson City’s first tattoo shop to open is now the first to close. Cadillac Ink, 301 Ash St., which opened shortly after the city lifted a ban on the businesses nearly 3 years ago, recently closed its doors.

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Capital Mall has new owner

General Growth Properties (GGP) has sold Jefferson City’s Capital Mall, and it now is being managed by a Chicago-based property management group that says the mall will stay open and become “bigger and better.”

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Business owners pleased with East McCarty work

But progress came at a cost, they add

For more than a year, Jefferson City business owners along a stretch of East McCarty Street have put up with being penned in from one side or the other. A sampling of owners reveals they're generally satisfied with the final result, but believe the street closures may have cost them business.

Hibachi Grill: Go big or go home

When Ryan’s Steakhouse closed earlier this year, it left a mega-buffet void in Jefferson City. Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet brings us a 300-item, mostly Chinese-style buffet in its place, thanks to the owner's investment to transform the inside of the building.

BizBeat: Chains redefining seasonal kiosks

For years, seasonal kiosks have popped up at Capital Mall, but lately Jefferson City is starting to see the same thing with chains. Halloween City sets up shop in October near Best Buy, and, for the first time, Toys R Us has an express location at the mall.

Man jailed after taunting deputies

Maries County deputies arrested a St. Clair man after he challenged them to a race in a stolen car, then led them on a chase through Vienna going faster than 90 mph.

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Gift cards more popular than ever

Gift cards can be a savior for busy holiday shoppers as well as a way for recipients to avoid facing another plaid tie under the tree.

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Steady stream of voters head to polls

Polls close at 7 p.m. today

Of a handful of local voters polled in Jefferson City this morning, many said President Obama is starting to turn the country around and deserves another four years at the helm.

City food inspections conducted year-round

To help ensure that the food you eat at restaurants and other food establishments is safe, Jefferson City operates a year-round inspection program which cites food providers for violations and works with them to stay in compliance. In rare cases, it shuts down food services that don’t comply.

Local pizza restaurant expanding

While some other local restaurants are struggling in a still-shaky economy, Arris Pizza Palace in downtown Jefferson City is expanding its seating.

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Bottled water flies off Jefferson City store shelves

Stores were struggling to keep bottled water on the shelves Tuesday as customers loaded their carts, unsure when their tap water would be safe again. Some customers had 10 or more 24-pack cases — enough to seemingly last well beyond the Dec. 21st prediction for the end of the world.

JC boil order issued

A ruptured 6-inch water main at Missouri American Water left most of its 11,000 customers without water Tuesday morning, causing schools to let out early and many employers to send their workers home.

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MoCHIP provides an extra tool for parents’ peace of mind

The Missouri Child Identification Program on Saturday added 35 children to those who have already gone through the program, bringing the total to 159,464 children.

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Vitality brings vegan fare to Capital City

Disappointed at the vegan and vegetarian options at local restaurants, Olivia Hudek-Foss opened her own restaurant.

Man given his medical records after year of picketing

A Jefferson City man who picketed for a year to get copies of his medical records has got them. And he’s still picketing.

Contractor pitches winning business plan

A Columbia remodeling contractor has won StartUp Jeff City’s business plan competition by pitching a “cleaner more efficient way to paint” — but he’s remaining coy about the plan’s specifics.

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Getting the flu vaccine doesn’t necessarily mean a painful shot

This year’s flu vaccine is readily available in Cole County, and for those who cringe at the thought of the traditional shot, there are other options.

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Class of ’65 celebrates 65

Fatima High School’s Class of 1965 held a unique get-together this weekend. It wasn’t a reunion, it was a birthday party.

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Jefferson City teen flying high as state’s youngest pilot

While her peers at Jefferson City High School were getting their driver’s licenses, Anastasia Crenshaw was aiming higher.

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Hundreds take part in annual Alzheimer’s walk

Olivia Bahr, 10, had a motivation similar to many the other 350 or so people who showed up at the Capitol on Sunday for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s: A personal connection.

Help available to families struggling with Alzheimer’s impact

Wanda King has played the role of wife and parent during various stages of her life. Now, at the age of 80, she’s playing the role of caregiver to her husband as he struggles with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Good Samaritans thanked

In its 25th year of operation, the Jefferson City Samaritan Center is reflecting on what it considers the heart of its operation — the volunteers.

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Renns Lake residents hire attorney

As Cole County starts returning the former Renns Lake to a stream, some residents there say they’ve have hired an attorney to seek compensation from Cole County government for their losses in property values.

Tiger loss still a win in Capital City

It rained on Jefferson City’s first SEC rally on Friday, and Mizzou lost its SEC opener on Saturday. But the rally and game were win-win situations for the Capital City’s economy.

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Dogs fetch worldwide attention

Two Jefferson City canines competing in world championships

You’ll have to wait another four years for the next Olympic long jump competition, but a local man and his pet dogs are gearing up for the nearest canine equivalent this fall.

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Soldier gets his medals 67 years later

After World War II, Vernon Sievert went about his life like many other veterans. The Ashland native reintegrated into civilian life, earned a degree, took a job and started a family with his wife.

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CVB director resigning

The executive director of Jefferson City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is resigning to operate a vacation rental company in Pensacola, Fla.

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Drought pumps up business for well drillers

Lately, Howard Woehrer hasn’t been able to count on his spring-fed creek to provide water to his cattle. The creek is dry, and he now fills tanks of water to bring to his cattle in the back of his pickup truck.

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Fourth annual Ice Theater on tap this weekend

About 30 of the more seasoned local skaters will put on a theatrical performance on ice this weekend at Washington Park Ice Arena.

Water districts weathering drought with help from customers

Watering restrictions enacted by two public water districts serving Jefferson City have helped the districts deal with the high demand for water during the drought, and they continue to remain in effect.

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Prop. 2 rally shows sample of needed firefighter gear

Proposition 2 supporters stressed at a Sunday rally that the need for more Fire Department funding is real, and that the issue isn’t Transformation 2.0.

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Tax savings of Prop 2 questioned

Supporters of a Jefferson City Fire Department funding ballot issue have promised voters that passage will mean a 17 percent reduction in their property taxes.

Produce for farmers markets may wither early

That fresh produce you see this summer at local farmers markets is taking an extra toll on the farmers who bring it there.

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Loose Creek hosting 45 Germans in quadrennial cultural event

To some, Sunday’s pool party for a group that celebrates the ties between areas around Loose Creek, Mo., and Lank, Germany, might have seemed a bit like a culture clash.

No limits expected on Missouri American Water customers

Water districts restrict some water use

For the 75 percent of Jefferson City residents served by Missouri American Water, expect no limits on your water usage this summer. For the remaining city residents, restrictions likely will continue through the summer.

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Fireworks fizzle as heat sizzles

Hot, dry conditions mean fewer people are celebrating the Fourth of July with a bang, and that’s causing area fireworks sales to fizzle.

Experts: JC real estate market stable

The bad news: After 20 months of decline, the national home foreclosure rate jumped 9 percent in May over April, and Jefferson City’s rate is still elevated from the lingering recession.