Morning minutes: July 25


Photo by Nicole Lunger
Photo by Nicole Lunger

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Business interests fight for vetoed tax-code bills 

In late 2013, the owner of Xtreme Gymnastics in Lee’s Summit received a bill of more than $200,000 from the Missouri Department of Revenue for three years worth of sales taxes he hadn’t paid. To Missouri’s top two business advocacy groups, Rehak represents one of many business owners forced to deal with inconsistencies in the state’s tax code.

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State regulators oppose Noranda’s proposed rate cut, offer compromise 

All five members of the Missouri Public Service Commission said they oppose Noranda Aluminum’s request for a lower electric rate from Ameren Missouri, but the Missouri Office of Public Counsel pitched a compromise that would give Noranda about half of what it wanted from the regulators. The PSC has yet to adopt a final order, but the commissioners said the southeast Missouri smelter’s issues would be better addressed in the Legislature.

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Cerner profits rise 15 percent on record bookings 

Cerner Corp.’s second-quarter profit rose 15 percent from a year ago as the company continued reaping the rewards of new mandates requiring health care providers to upgrade their patient record-keeping and billing systems.

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St. Louis chamber promotes education initiative 

The St. Louis Regional Chamber is seeking to raise the metro area’s education levels with a program based on the economic premise that the better educated a city is, the more money its people earn and the more money they spend.

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Humane Society contributes to opponents of farming amendment 

The Humane Society of the United States has contributed $375,000 to the political action committee opposing the “right to farm” constitutional amendment on Missouri’s Aug. 5 ballot. Previously that PAC, known as Missouri’s Food for America, had raised just $46,000.

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