Morning minutes: July 16

A U.S. Navy E-18 Growler | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
A Senate subcommittee has approved production of a dozen E-18 Growlers, which are produced by Boeing in St. Louis. | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Congressional committee backs funding for St. Louis-made jet 

A U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense approved the production of 12 additional E18 Growlers in the 2015 Pentagon budget. They are built by Boeing workers in St. Louis, and are considered crucial planes for electronic warfare in the Navy’s airplane arsenal.

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Judge upholds Hallmark trade secrets verdict 

The U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld a $31.3 million verdict in favor of Hallmark Cards Inc. in a trade secrets case involving a Boston-based consulting firm.

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Sprint preparing for marathon scrutiny of potential T-Mobile deal 

SoftBank Corp. chairman and chief executive Masayoshi Son is asking banks to commit financing for longer than usual as he pushes for Sprint’s purchase of T-Mobile US Inc., which is expected to draw intense regulatory scrutiny.

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Transportation tax advocates lead campaign fundraising 

A coalition backing the proposed sales tax for transportation, which includes most of the major business groups and labor unions in the state, appears to be entering the final weeks of the campaign with more than $2.5 million to spend.

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SSM Health Care names St. Louis regional president 

SSM Health Care, one of the St. Louis area’s largest employers, has appointed a new leader to oversee its hospital operations in St. Louis. Candace Jennings will replace Chris Howard, who was promoted last year to president of hospital operations for the entire health system’s four-state operation.

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