Morning Minutes: July 10


The Brandt Dairy in Osage County is growing while the number of dairy farmers overall is declining. Photo Courtesy of Bell Johnson
Attorney General Chris Koster recently announced his support of the ‘Right To Farm’ ballot initiative. Photo Courtesy of Bell Johnson

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Yearbook Publishing Plant Closing In Kansas City 

The evolution toward more digital and self-publishing is prompting Lifetouch Inc. to end its Kansas City yearbook publishing operations by Dec. 1 and eliminate about 75 of the plant’s 100 full-time employees along with about 300 seasonal jobs.

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Cerner Increases Hiring Estimate, TIF Request For KC Expansion 

Cerner Corp. said a new cost-benefit analysis concludes that its expansion in south Kansas City will result in 16,000 new employees being hired between 2017 and 2025. That’s 1,000 more than the previous estimate. The North Kansas City-based health information technology company also said it will seek $110 million in additional tax increment financing.

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Missouri Bans Pension Advance Practice 

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that makes Missouri the first state in the nation to prohibit so-called pension advances that target teachers, police officers, firefighters and other public employees. The action targets pension advance firms that use the Internet and other marketing tools to pitch deals with high interest rates to those with government, military or corporate pensions.

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Attorney General Endorses ‘Right To Farm’ Ballot Initiative 

Attorney General Chris Koster announced at the Missouri Farm Bureau headquarters that he supports a proposed constitutional amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot that he believes will protect Missouri’s agriculture industry against future burdensome regulations.

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Owner Sells The Blue Note, Columbia’s Landmark Music Venue 

After 34 years of live music, countless memories and several suitors, Richard King will cede control of two Columbia venues, the Blue Note and Mojo’s, to a duo from Wisconsin.

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