Morning Minutes: August 7

Marcelo Claure, founder of Brightstar, was as announced as the new CEO of Sprint on Aug. 7, 2014. He is pictured here during the World Economic Forum on East Asia in 2012. | Courtesy of World Economics Forum/Flickr
New sprint chief executive Marcelo Claure fouded Brightstar, which was acquired by SoftBank last year for $1.26 billion. | Courtesy of World Economics Forum/Flickr

Here are today’s top stories from across Missouri:

As Claure’s named new Sprint CEO, Hesse bids farewell

Marcelo Claure will replace Dan Hesse as the president and CEO of Sprint Corp., the Overland Park, Kan.-based wireless carrier announced Wednesday in a press release. Claure is the founder and CEO of Brightstar Corp., which is subsidiary of SoftBank Corp., the Tokyo-based telecom company that also owns Sprint.

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MoDOT officials mull other options in wake of sales tax defeat

The day after voters rejected a proposed sales tax increase that would have funded transportation projects, officials from the Missouri Department of Transportation said they’re willing to consider other funding options such as an increase in the fuel tax, installation of toll booths or a change to license and registration fees.

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KC schools gain provisional accreditation

The state school board has unanimously approved provisional accreditation for Kansas City Public Schools. The board’s decision, delivered during a special meeting Wednesday, means Kansas City-area districts won’t have to comply with a state law that allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer to nearby, accredited districts.

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Missouri universities land $20 million climate research grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded $20 million in grant money to a group of Missouri universities to fund a climate research study.

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Health Care Checkup: Express Scripts debuts building, Prime faces new suit

In an overhaul described by Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., as “some of the most significant changes to (the Department of Veterans Affairs) in decades,” both the House and Senate passed legislation changing how — and for how long — veterans wait for care from VA hospitals.

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