Morning Minutes: June 26

 

The U.S. Air Force Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, performs during a 2012 event at Scott Air Force Base. | Courtesy of US Air Force/Flickr
The U.S. Air Force Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, performs during a 2012 event at Scott Air Force Base. | Courtesy of US Air Force/Flickr

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Ikea Will Raise Minimum Wage Jan. 1 

Ikea, which is building stores in Kansas City and St. Louis, plans to raise its average hourly minimum wage at U.S. stores by 17 percent to $10.76 an hour. The retailer said it will not set an across-the-board minimum wage for its stores but would set a minimum for each individual store based on the cost of living in its area.

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Kansas City Eliminated From Contention To Host GOP Convention

Mayor Sly James said organizers that spent more than a year to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Kansas City are disappointed that the Republican National Committee picked Dallas and Cleveland for the semifinal round of competition.

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Five Missouri Health Centers Form Network 

The Health Network of Missouri, a limited liability company, will include health centers in Columbia, Hannibal, Osage Beach, Jefferson City and Sedalia that will share business, clinical and operational practices. The move reflects a national trend of health systems forming “clinically integrated networks.”

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Kansas City Creates Group To Fight Residents’ Unhealthy Habits 

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City are leading a new partnership dubbed Healthy KC, an effort to get area residents to stop smoking, exercise more and lose weight. The goal is a healthier population, with a lower incidence of diabetes and problems related to obesity.

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Air Force Base Getting 320 New Cyber Security Jobs 

Two new cyber protection squadrons are coming to the Scott Air Force Base, bringing with them 320 new jobs and a $16 million investment in the infrastructure of the base, located 20 miles east of St. Louis.

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