Morning Minutes: August 11

Gov. Jay Nixon spoke to a crowd during a Department of Conservation commission meeting at the Tiger Hotel in Columbia on July 8, 2014. Nixon announced the veto of two bills that would reclassify captive deer as livestock, which would transfer oversight of captive population to the state Department of Agriculture. | Austin Huguelet/Missouri Business Alert
In July, Gov. Jay Nixon announced the veto of two bills that would reclassify captive deer as livestock, despite his support of certain parts of the omnibus bills. | Austin Huguelet/Missouri Business Alert

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri

New Sprint CEO faces subscriber issue, potential price war

Marcelo Claure officially takes the helm of Sprint Corp. today looking to steady a ship that has endured consistent decreases in subscribers over the last few quarters and saw a sharp decline in its stock price in recent days.

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State agriculture officials support pieces of two vetoed bills

Two agriculture bills vetoed this summer by Gov. Jay Nixon because they would have changed who regulates captive deer contained other provisions that the Democratic governor supported.

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Bumper corn crop could be trouble for Missouri growers

What’s expected to be another strong corn harvest may spell bad news for Missouri farmers, especially those who rent their land. Supply outpacing demand figures to drive corn prices down, potentially to the point where growers lose money.

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KC faces contract issues after streetcar expansion falls

Kansas City voters last week rejected a proposal to partially finance expansion of a new streetcar line, but the city has already entered contracts and spent money planning the extension.

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Despite series of setbacks, Ameren nuclear interest persists

Union Electric, the utility now known as Ameren Missouri, spent $2.85 billion on a planned two-reactor nuclear facility in Callaway County that went online with one reactor in 1984. Despite the project exceeding budget and leading to the largest electric rate increase in state history, Ameren never quite gave up on a second reactor.

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