Morning Minutes: July 2

A sign near Missouri's border with Iowa along Highway 27 welcomes people to Missouri. | Courtesy of Doug Wallick/Flickr
Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill Tuesday that would prevent the use of economic incentives for companies moving across the Missouri-Kansas border within the Kansas City area. | Courtesy of Doug Wallick/Flickr

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Nixon Signs Business ‘Border War’ Truce Bill 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon went to Kansas City to sign a recently passed bill aimed at ending the state’s long-standing economic development border war with Kansas. The bill calls for banning state incentives for companies moving between four border counties in Missouri and four in Kansas.

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Lawmakers Get Less In Lobbyist Gifts This Year 

Missouri public officials took in $680,000 in lobbyist gifts during the 2014 legislative session, with nearly all of it going to state lawmakers. That represents a 10 percent decline from the first five months of 2013.

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Expanding Engineering Firm Moves Within Kansas City Area 

Overland Park, Kan.-based civil engineering firm BHC Rhodes is moving to a larger building a short distance away to accommodate its growing staff. BHC Rhodes, which employs about 110, already has hired 20 employees this year and plans to hire 40 more.

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Missouri Ranks Low In Study Of Business-Friendly Attributes 

Missouri was the 26th most friendly state for small business, 10 states behind Kansas, and Kansas City was in the top half of the city rankings while St. Louis was in the bottom half, according to a study by in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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Financial Services Driving St. Louis Economic Growth 

St. Louis ranks fifth nationally in job gains in the financial services industry, according to a Forbes study that cites St. Louis’ low cost of living as an advantage. The report also said the future looks even brighter.

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