Morning Minutes: June 25

Vaughn Prost, CEO of Missouri Solar Applications, displays the solar array his company installed for Grace Episcopal Church in Jefferson City. Prost started his work in the solar industry in California but moved back to his Missouri home. | Photo by Meredith Turk
Vaughn Prost, CEO of Missouri Solar Applications, displays the solar array his company installed for Grace Episcopal Church in Jefferson City. A coalition is suing to continue Missouri’s solar rebate program. | Meredith Turk/Missouri Business Alert

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Nixon Announces $786 Million Of Budget Reductions

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed $144.6 million in general revenue spending and restricted $641.6 in general revenue expenditures for Fiscal Year 2015. Nixon said he took these actions to keep the budget balanced and to ensure state spending does not exceed available revenue.

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Transportation Interests Gave $96K To Key Sales Tax Proponent

In the four months before the Missouri legislature voted to put a sales tax increase on the ballot to raise money for road and bridge projects, businesses that stand to gain from the proposal gave $96,000 in campaign donations to the House Transportation Committee chairman.

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Lawsuit Seeks Continuation Of Solar Rebate Program

An environmental coalition asked a Cole County judge to stop Ameren Missouri and Kansas City Power and Light from ending a solar rebate program. The lawsuit was filed against the state Public Service Commission and alleges the regulators allowed the utilities to overstate the rebate program’s effect on rates.

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Developer To Build $85 Million Data Center In St. Louis

A St. Louis-based developer and operator of data centers plans to build a new $85 million data center in St. Louis near the Plymouth Industrial Park. Ascent CEO Phil Horstmann said the data center will be designed to tap into the growing biotechnology, life sciences and startup communities in St. Louis.

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RNC To Announce National Convention Site

The Republican National Committee is making an announcement today about the cities in the running to host the Republican National Convention in 2016. A television station in Denver is reporting that the RNC will either announce that Dallas is its choice for the 2016 national convention, or that Dallas and Denver are its final two choices.

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