Morning Minutes: PSC denies Noranda, ag startup raises $40M

The Noranda smelter employs about 900 people in the New Madrid area. | Courtesy of KOMU News/Flickr
The Noranda smelter employs about 900 people in the New Madrid area. | Courtesy of KOMU News/Flickr

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Regulators deny Noranda’s electric rate request

The Missouri Public Service Commission has denied a request by Noranda for a special electric rate, marking a victory for Ameren Missouri but leaving open the possibility of a compromise for Noranda.

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KC agribusiness startup FarmLink raises $40 million

Kansas City agribusiness company FarmLink LLC announced it has closed on $40 million in Series B financing led by OpenAir Equity Partners, a Kansas City-based firm.

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Missouri GDP growth picked up in fourth quarter 2013

Although the Commerce Department previously reported that Missouri badly underperformed the U.S. economy in 2013, a new report shows positive progress for the state over the year’s final quarter.

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Former Homebuilders Association CEO to head Springfield Chamber

Matt Morrow will be the new president and CEO of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the group announced Wednesday at its annual Membership Luncheon. Morrow, who previously served on the chamber’s board, succeeds Jim Anderson, who retired from the job after 26 years.

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One year in, 1 Million Cups Columbia aims to provide exposure, feedback

Since 1 Million Cups Columbia launched last August, close to 60 entrepreneurs have presented to the crowd that fills a small downtown conference room every Wednesday morning. But Pack Matthews wants to see more.

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