Legislators set

to discuss issues

The 2014 session of the Missouri General Assembly is only a couple of weeks away, and the Independence Council for Economic Development and Independence Chamber of Commerce have a forum next week for area legislators.

The “Eggs & Issues” breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 3 at the Independence Ennovation Center, 201 N. Forest Ave. Legislators are expected to discuss the upcoming session.

The cost is $15. Register at www.ichamber.biz.

Local agent keeps

Sugar Creek office

The state of Missouri has again awarded the operation of the Sugar Creek license office to Paul J. Wrabec Co.

The company has been the agent for the office, at 521 S. Sterling Ave., since 2009. The state awards the contracts through competitive bids. The state owns the offices, but each is operated by an independent agent.

Grain Valley

chamber luncheon

The Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce holds its next monthly luncheon on Jan. 7 at Babyback’s Rib Shack in the Sni-Bar Shopping Center at 1400 S.W. Eagles Parkway.

Networking is at 11:30 a.m., and lunch is at noon. There are two topics – a design workshop and the state of the chamber. Call the chamber at 816-847-2627 for more information.

Local agent wins

newcomer honor

Samantha McDaniel with Home Sweet Home Realty in Blue Springs has received the “newcomer of the year” award from the Kansas City Regonial Association of Realtors.

The group looked at four areas: sales, contributions to the local assocation, state and national activities, and ethics and cooperation. The Kansas City association has more than 7,200 licensed Realtors.

Find a lead, find

a new opportunity

The Independence Chamber of Commerce’s first Business Leads Exchange of the new year is coming up.

It’s from 8 to 9 a.m. Jan. 9 at the chamber office, 210 W. Truman Road. It’s a chance for chamber members to get business leads from fellow members and discuss business issues. Register at www.ichamber.biz, or call the chamber at 816-252-4745.

Data breach at

casino reported

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – A data breach at a casino company has had little impact at the company’s casino in St. Joseph.

Affinity Gaming said its system was infected with malware that compromised card data from customers at its 11 casinos in Nevada, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa. The company said it has secured its system, but advised customers who visited between March 14 and Oct. 16 to review their financial records for suspicious transactions.

Chris Krabiel, general manager of the St. Jo Frontier Casino, told the St. Joseph News-Press that the casino had received few if any reports of suspicious transactions. He also said the data breach related to food and beverage purchases, while larger transactions such as ATM withdrawals and credit card cash advances were not involved.

Hog operation set

to produce biogas

PRINCETON, Mo. – A Smithfield Foods subsidiary has announced a joint venture to turn hog manure into energy at its farms in northern Missouri.

Murphy-Brown of Missouri is providing the manure to produce biogas, a fuel similar to natural gas. Roeslein Alternative Energy will manage the project and secure financing for the $100-million project. Murphy-Brown, the world’s largest pork producer, was formerly called Premium Standards Farm.

Murphy-Brown plans to scrape the manure into lagoons where the waste will decompose and produce gas. Roeslein will manage the biogas operation and sell the fuel. The company claims among other things that the biogas project will produce fewer greenhouse gases and reduce Murphy-Brown’s carbon footprint.

Murphy-Brown’s Missouri operation is based in Princeton and has 1,070 employees.

Mine environmental

damages settled

ST. LOUIS – Two companies that own a former metals mining operation in southeast Missouri have agreed to a $1.4 million settlement related to allegations of environmental damage.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Teck American Inc. and DII Industries Inc. agreed to the settlement with the U.S. government and the state of Missouri. The agreement was filed Monday in federal court in St. Louis. The settlement follows a lawsuit filed Friday alleging environmental damages from the Magmont Mine and Mill Site near Bixby, Mo. Zinc, lead and copper were mined there from 1968 to 1994.

Court papers show that both Teck and DII Industries denied the allegations and don’t admit any liability in the proposed settlement, which is subject to court approval after a 30-day public comment period.

– Staff and wire reports