Morning minutes: July 17

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Missouri’s unemployment rate dipped only slightly this month.

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Missouri unemployment dips, remains above US rate 

Missouri’s unemployment rate dipped a tenth of a percentage point to 6.5 percent in June, but job growth stalled after robust hiring the previous month.

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Enterprise founder provides Chesterfield Hospital with record endowment 

Enterprise Holdings founder Jack Taylor and his family donated $5 million to St. Luke’s Hospital, one of the last remaining independent hospitals in the St. Louis area. It’s the largest endowment gift St. Luke’s has ever received.

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Missouri makes pro-business top 10 list 

Missouri’s business environment is the eighth-best in the country, according to an economic development report released by Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc. and the American Economic Development Institute.

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Teachers union dispute goes to trial in Springfield 

Two Springfield teachers unions will go before a judge today with this question: Who is allowed to vote on contracts? The judge’s answer to the lawsuit filed by the Missouri State Teachers Association could clear up the local dispute and also have far-reaching implications. It could set precedent in a state where there is limited case law governing public-sector collective bargaining.

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Kansas City-area manufacturer opens Hong Kong operation 

ECS Inc. International, an Olathe, Kan.-based manufacturer of frequency control devices, is expanding into Asia with a new subsidiary in Hong Kong. The company’s products are used in Bluetooth wireless, gigabit ethernet technology, fiber optic devices and wireless local area networks.

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