Morning Minutes: June 20

The Tesla Motors Roadster | Courtesy of David Belo/Flickr
A Kansas City company is working to build 400 charging stations across the country for Tesla Motors. | Courtesy of David Belo/Flickr

Here are this morning’s top headlines from across Missouri.

Mallinckrodt Trims Workforce In St. Louis

Mallinckrodt, the Hazelwood-based pharmaceutical company, has eliminated 5 percent of the positions at a St. Louis plant where workers manufacture contrast imaging products, and 15 percent of its workforce at a pharmaceutical plant in New York. Among the reasons given was reduced product demand.

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Kansas City Specialty Advertising Company Closes

Barton Nelson, a family-owned specialty advertising product manufacturer based in Kansas City, has closed after operating for 53 years. The firm is known mainly for transforming the sticky note from a blank piece of paper into a multicolor, self-adhesive marketing tool.

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Tesla Expanding Charging Station Network Designed By KC-Area Firm

Overland Park, Kan., engineering giant Black & Veatch is working with electrical vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. to build a network of more than 400 charging stations across the U.S. by the end of 2015 and build networks in parts of Europe and China.

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‘Right To Farm’ Opponents Rally In Jefferson City

Around 50 people gathered at the State Capitol to hear arguments against a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri. Opponents of the “Right to Farm” ballot measure say state law already protects farmers and ranchers, and the proposal is really geared toward protecting corporations that engage in large-scale farming and animal-producing operations.

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Houlihan’s Expands Franchising Program For J. Gilbert’s Restaurants

J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood has launched a franchising program to expand the restaurant brand across the nation. The restaurant, owned by Kansas City-based Houlihan’s Restaurants Inc., expects to open two or three new locations each year.

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