Morning minutes: July 21

New Town at St. Charles, another development by Homes by Whittaker, is an example of New Urbanism, like Harmony will be. | Courtesy of Creative Commons
New Town at St. Charles, another development by Homes by Whittaker, is an example of New Urbanism.| Courtesy of Creative Commons

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Growth of retail trucks in Missouri echoes nationwide trend 

It typically takes just $20,000 and six months for retail truck founders to see a return on their investment, according to the American Mobile Retail Association. There are now mobile retail trucks in St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City, and founders cite the low overhead cost as a major motivator for getting into the business.

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Missouri Chamber praises new unemployment benefits law 

The state Chamber says a new law that will make it harder to get unemployment benefits will benefit both employees and employers after it takes effect next month. The bill changes the definition of “misconduct” in relation to employment, so that it is harder for people to get unemployment benefits after doing things like violating an employer’s rules or even state standards that could get an employer in trouble.

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Independence council to vote on huge mixed-use development 

After a public hearing, the Independence City Council intends to vote tonight on rezoning for the first phase of a 3,000-acre development using principles of New Urbanism, which promotes compact, walkable, mixed-use projects.

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Hepatitis drug would cost Missouri $1 billion, says Express Scripts 

A new hepatitis C drug could cripple state budgets, costing the country $55 billion to treat 750,000 people with government insurance, according to an analysis by Express Scripts. Missouri would need to pay out $1 billion to treat all of the state’s residents with hepatitis C who are either in prison or receive Medicaid benefits.

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Spy agency’s move could leave historic St. Louis complex vacant 

The National Geospatial-Intelligence agency, which announced earlier month that it will build a new facility at one of six locations in the St. Louis area, says its current site is too old and no longer feasible for its high-tech, top-secret missions.

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