Morning minutes: July 15

 

Aqueous Vapor offers samples of flavored e-cigarette fluids. | Fred Broschart/ Missouri Business Alert
Aqueous Vapor offers samples of flavored e-cigarette fluids. | Fred Broschart/ Missouri Business Alert

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Cerner leads way as KC companies drive Missouri’s F2014 job creation 

From July 2013 through June 2014, 63 companies announced expansion projects expected to create nearly 24,000 new jobs and involve more than $5 billion in capital investment in Missouri, according to the Department of Economic Development.

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Missouri utilities anxiously await state plan for carbon pollution reductions 

Ameren Missouri says it must decide quickly on how to comply with proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules limiting carbon pollution. But with a state plan likely three years away, it’s unclear which steps it should take and whether it can get credit for all of them.

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Missouri explains computer problems, health insurance application backlog 

Computer software problems prevented the smooth exchange of data when state workers in Missouri began to process applications from HealthCare.gov, the online health insurance marketplace operated by the federal government, the head of Missouri’s Medicaid program said.

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Nixon vetoes bill exempting e-cigarettes from tobacco laws 

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill Monday that would have prevented e-cigarettes from being taxed and regulated as a tobacco product. Nixon ended up vetoing 33 bills, a personal record.

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Secretary announces job cuts at Scott Air Force Base 

The U.S. Air Force plans to cut 292 jobs at Scott Air Force Base as part of a realignment that will eliminate 3,459 jobs nationwide and overseas in an effort to save $1.6 billion over the next five years.

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