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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.

Moniteau County bank sues former president, COO

Published May. 25 2018

A California bank has sued a father and daughter who served as its president and chief operating officer.

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.

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.

Bill would limit TIF projects to blighted areas

Published Feb. 21 2018

A bill winding through the Missouri Senate could make it harder for property developers to build projects using tax increment...

Initiative trains veterans to be firefighters

Published Feb. 18 2018

About a half-dozen veterans and active military members from around the state suited up and saved dummies Saturday morning at...

New JCPS high school name announced

Published Feb. 17 2018

At long last, Jefferson City's second public high school got it's name Saturday.

Prevailing wage bill progressing in House

Published Feb. 14 2018

Efforts to repeal or change Missouri's prevailing wage law took another step forward Tuesday as a Missouri House Committee voted...

Legislators: Broadband, higher state pay are priorities

Published Feb. 10 2018

Local lawmakers listed broadband access, state worker wages and higher education funding as top priorities for the ongoing legislative session...

Hawthorn Bank announces employee bonuses

Published Feb. 2 2018

Jefferson City-based Hawthorn Bank announced Thursday it will give employees bonuses of up to $1,000 because of the recent tax...

Compromise bill addresses prevailing wage concerns

Published Feb. 1 2018

One week after considering four bills that would overhaul Missouri's prevailing wage law, a Missouri Senate committee considered an alternative...

Senate discusses bill on union payroll deductions

Published Feb. 1 2018

A pair of bills that would require written consent from public employees for payroll deductions and dues paid to unions...

Senate discussing state's prevailing wage law

Published Jan. 25 2018

A Missouri Senate Committee discussed a handful of bills Wednesday that could overhaul the state's prevailing wage law.

Greitens' proposal for Missouri budget includes pay raises

Published Jan. 23 2018

Gov. Eric Greitens said Monday that every state worker making less than $50,000 a year will receive an increase in...

Financial experts: Use cautious optimism when investing

Published Jan. 7 2018

Less than a week into the new year, all three major stock indices set records as strong corporate earnings and...

Airbnb reaches agreement with Missouri Dept. of Revenue

Published Jan. 4 2018

Airbnb announced Wednesday it has reached an agreement with the Missouri Department of Revenue to collect state and local sales...

Missouri lawmakers announce plans for tax legislation in 2018

Published Dec. 14 2017

With Republicans in Congress poised to push through legislation overhauling the federal tax code, a pair of Missouri Republicans announced...