Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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