Morning minutes: July 24


A loyal following among the 18-34 demographic helps Sporting Kansas City pack Sporting Park. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
A U.S. Soccer National Training Center is set to be built in Kansas City, Kan. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Kansas City picked for new national soccer training center 

A U.S. Soccer National Training Center, a $75 million complex with an economic impact of more than $1 billion, will be constructed in Kansas City, Kan., Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday evening. The project will include a 100,000-square-foot indoor facility with a practice field, along with eight lighted, outdoor professional soccer fields and eight youth fields.

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Missouri makes marijuana extract legal for epilepsy treatment 

For 10-year-old Tres Johnson, one of about 18,000 children in Missouri with intractable epilepsy, a single drug allowed by the state’s new medical marijuana law will provide relief from seizures that seem to have no end. For marijuana law advocates, the law seems to be a step toward legalization.

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Nearly half of health care workers lack bachelor’s degrees 

The ever-growing national health care industry is fueled more by workers who have an associate degree or less than it is by workers who have earned bachelor’s degrees in health-related fields, according to a new study that looked at the country’s largest 100 metro areas.

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Amazon to fill spec building in Lenexa industrial park Inc. has signed a lease to occupy all 260,700 square feet of the new speculative building at Lenexa Logistics Centre in the Kansas City metropolitan area, local real estate sources confirmed. The Block Real Estate Services LLC partnership developing the 120-acre park now is seeking issuance of a building permit for a second speculative building at Lenexa Logistics Centre.

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SunEdison moving headquarters in St. Louis 

SunEdison is moving its headquarters and about 200 employees across the Missouri River into St. Louis County, signing an 11-year lease that means it probably won’t be following its solar operations to California anytime soon.

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