Morning Minutes: June 27

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Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage has come to the fore again as a result of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay marrying four same-sex couples on Wednesday. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Monsanto Launches Its Largest Bond Offering To Fund $10 Billion Stock Buyback 

Monsanto Co. sold $4.5 billion of notes in its biggest bond offering ever to help fund a share repurchase program. The company based in St. Louis plans to use the proceeds from the offering, as well as $1.2 billion in commercial paper and available cash, to fund the $6 billion accelerated portion of its share buyback program, and for other general corporate purposes.

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Missouri’s Rekindled Same-Sex Marriage Fight Highlights Political Shifts 

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is preparing to defend the gay marriage ban that is being challenged in court as a result of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s decision to marry four same-sex couples at City Hall on Wednesday night. Slay said his intent was “to force the issue and to get the law settled for everyone who wants to get married in the state of Missouri.”

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KC Fed: Midwest Manufacturing Slowed In June 

Manufacturing activity in the seven-state region that includes Kansas and part of Missouri had a bumpy June, according to a survey released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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New Company Uses 3-D Technology To Make Personal Miniature Figurines 

A studio in the Kansas City area opening Saturday will use 3-D photography and a 3-D printer to create personal miniature figurines the creators call “lifeforms.” Customers can have mini-me versions of themselves, say, in their wedding or prom dresses, soccer uniform, holding a guitar in their rock band costume or just in a favorite outfit to note how they looked at a certain point in their lives.

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Report: Missouri Could See Dangerous Heat, Steep Drop In Crop Yields 

Climate change continuing at its current rate could cause a 73 percent loss in average yield for Missouri farms by the end of this century and an average of 20 days per year that it’s unsafe for Midwesterners to be outside by the middle of the next century, according to a study released by the Risky Business Project.

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