Morning Minutes: July 9


Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

MoDOT Updates List Of Projects For Transportation Tax 

The Missouri Department of Transportation has revised its list of projects that would be funded by a proposed sales tax increase on the August ballot. The costliest new provisions would add $124 million in state funding for streetcar lines in Kansas City and allocate $24 million to help purchase a former Rock Island Rail corridor near Kansas City for use as a recreation trail.

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Citing Deer Concerns, Nixon Vetoes Bills Designed To Boost Agriculture 

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed multifaceted agriculture legislation Tuesday because of his objections to an amendment that would change the definition of captive deer from wildlife to livestock and transfer regulation of the penned animals from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture.

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Missouri’s Foreclosure Number Among Nation’s Lowest 

Less than 1 percent of homes in Missouri are in foreclosure, and only nine other states have a lower rate, according to a report from a California-based real estate tracker. During the 12 months ending May 31, Missouri saw 13,904 foreclosures completed.

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Governor Blocks Coal-Related Ballot Initiatives In St. Louis 

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that will keep St. Louisans from passing ballot initiatives restricting public financial incentives for coal companies. Peabody Energy and Foresight Energy are the two big coal companies based downtown, and the bill was pushed in response to activists who gathered enough signatures to place such a measure on the April ballot.

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Kansas City Railroad Company Building Gulf Coast Oil Terminal 

Kansas City Southern, which has seen a boost in revenues from transporting crude oil, is aiming to tap more of the potential business by developing a terminal on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Kansas City railroad company said Tuesday it will partner with Global Partners LP, a logistics and marketing company, to build the facility in Port Arthur, Texas.

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