Posted: Oct 30, 2013 7:11 PM by Luke Lyddon, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Oct 31, 2013 7:08 PM
COLUMBIA - A recent cocoa shortage has caused a price increase in chocolate bars across the nation.
The price of cocoa butter has increased 63 percent in the past year and a half, as well as whole milk powder which rose more than 20 percent. But Amy Atkinson, manager of the Candy Factory, has not seen an increase in their products.
"Despite chocolate prices raising nationwide, we have kept our Halloween speciality items at the same as they were offered last year," Atkinson said.
Not only has the Candy Factory kept their prices stagnant, but several managers at Mosers Grocery told KOMU 8 News their prices have not increased either, and have even seen a slight jump in business.
Atkinson said the Candy Factory wants to keep its prices as competitve as possible despite the nationwide increase.
"From time to time we do have to raise our prices, but we do try to keep it competitive for something that's so special," Atkinson said.
Walmart and Hyvee both refused to comment about their chocolate prices and whether they did increase or not.
Posted 4:37 PM 11/24/2015 by Steve Dawson, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - The holidays are a time when phone scammers take advantage of people who look to donate to a worthy cause.
The United Way of Central Missouri said it received a complaint from a local company, which said an unknown person called them claiming to represent the Randolph (More)
Posted 4:07 PM 11/24/2015 by Megan Kelly, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA – Downtown Columbia is a highly sought after in terms of space, according to a recent survey by Plaza Commercial Realty.
The survey found only two percent of commercial space is vacant out of the three million square feet downtown.
"Right now there's a pretty deep (More)
Posted 4:00 PM 11/24/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY - Thanksgiving travelers this weekend will face increased traffic and the safety risks that come with it, and mid-Missouri agencies are getting ready.
AAA estimates 42 million Americans will travel by car this holiday weekend. 872,000 of those will be Missourians.
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Posted 1:34 PM 11/24/2015 by Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter
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Posted 2:57 PM 11/24/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned the first-degree murder convictions and the death sentence for one of four men convicted of raping two sisters and throwing them to their death from an abandoned Mississippi River bridge in St. Louis 24 (More)
Posted 2:27 PM 11/24/2015 by Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA – MFA Oil Company named a new vice president of retail automotive Tuesday.
MFA Oil announced Edward Harper will oversee the operations of Big O Tires and Jiffy Lube in addition to the company’s construction and maintenance departments.
“Ed is an (More)
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Posted 2:10 PM 11/24/2015 by Jim Salter, The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Fifty years after a St. Louis gospel singer says she was told her daughter died at birth, and months after the 76-year-old woman learned that her daughter was still alive, a judge is being asked to restore the birth mother's parental rights.(More)