Morning Minutes: Charter to acquire Time Warner, KC engineering firms rank well

Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Black & Veatch, Creative Commons and Wikimedia Commons
Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Black & Veatch, Creative Commons and Wikimedia Commons

Here are this morning’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Charter to acquire Time Warner in $55 billion deal

Charter Communications Inc. has agreed to purchase Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $55 billion in cash and stock. The deal for Time Warner, the No. 2 U.S. cable company, allows Charter, the industry’s fourth-largest player, to almost quadruple its subscriber count.

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St. Louis group hopes to revitalize riverfront, regardless of stadium

With or without a new football stadium, advocates for downtown St. Louis intend to redevelop 180 acres along the city’s riverfront.

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Welfare cuts in Missouri could offer sign of what’s to come

Observers at both ends of the political spectrum say stricter welfare laws passed this year by legislators in Missouri and Kansas could be a sign of things to come. They say the local crackdown on welfare could foretell a wider, state-based effort to reshape the entire support system for the poor.

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Ozarks Coca-Cola bottler plans to increase territory, workforce

The Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company, a family-owned franchise that has been based in Springfield for 95 years, plans to expand its footprint in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri and increase its employee count from 300 to about 450.

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Three KC engineering firms ranked among 20 largest in US

Kansas City-area engineering firms claimed three of the top 20 spots in an annual ranking of the country’s top 500 design firms, and 11 Kansas City-area outfits made the list in total.

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