Morning Minutes: June 30


McCownGordon Construction recently purchased a DJI Phantom 2 drone. | Courtesy of Macomb Paynes/Creative Commons
McCownGordon Construction recently purchased a DJI Phantom 2 drone. | Courtesy of Macomb Paynes/Creative Commons

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

KCP&L Launches Energy Efficiency Initiative 

Kansas City Power & Light Co., the city government and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to put commercial, government and other institutional buildings on an energy diet and reduce electricity use by 5 percent by 2030. The Kansas City Energy Initiative calls for helping building owners save energy with more efficient lights, equipment upgrades, heating and cooling monitoring systems and other improvements.

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Purina No. 1 In Top Workplaces Ranking In St. Louis 

Nestlé Purina PetCare, the country’s largest pet food maker, ranked first among the 23 large organizations in St. Louis that agreed to have employees confidentially surveyed for Top Workplaces, a joint project by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and WorkplaceDynamics, a survey company.

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Pulaski Bank Raises $6.7 Million 

Pulaski Financial Corp., the holding company for Pulaski Bank, completed a share exchange and a private placement of common stock, which will enable it to repurchase the remaining outstanding shares of its preferred stock for $6.7 million.

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Concerned About Nervous Tourists, Lake Ozark Bans Open Carry Of Firearms 

Guns may be a way of life in Lake Ozark, but during summer, tourists from all over the country descend on this town of 1,500 from places where seeing a gun isn’t a regular occurrence. The result is Lake Ozark police fielding complaints from nervous visitors.

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Kansas City Construction Firm Using Drone Technology 

McCownGordon Construction, a general contractor based in Kansas City, recently purchased a DJI Phantom 2 drone to take aerial photographs. The company’s IT director said the little unmanned aerial vehicle, which cost $1,000 and is outfitted with a high-definition video camera and a 14-megapixel still camera, will save the firm about $800 a month on aerial photographs.

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