Morning Minutes: DNR faces uncertainty, awards honor tech startups

Winners in 11 categories took home "golden prairie dog" trophies from the Silicon Prairie Awards on August 21. | Courtesy of Silicon Prairie News
Winners in 11 categories took home golden prairie dog trophies from Thursday’s Silicon Prairie Awards. | Courtesy of Silicon Prairie News

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

DNR faces uncertainty amid permit fee opposition

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Air Pollution Control Program that monitors the state’s smokestacks and enforces the federal Clean Air Act faces insolvency by late 2016 if fees paid by polluters don’t increase.

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St. Louis-area data firms merge

St. Louis-area data analytics firms Sherpa Analytics and evolve24 plan to merge under the evolve24 name, the companies announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Nixon calls off National Guard, McCaskill promotes #ShopFerguson

Protests Thursday in Ferguson were smaller than previous nights, continuing the trend of the last couple of nights in the St. Louis suburb. Gov. Jay Nixon said he would withdraw the Missouri National Guard unit he sent to Ferguson on Monday, the last time police officers in riot gear fired tear gas into unruly mobs.

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EyeVerify CEO, MindMixer among winners at startup awards

Kansas City-area startups MindMixer and EyeVerify were among the big winners Thursday night at an awards ceremony recognizing some of the top tech startups in the Midwest.

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KC Fed’s George calls for higher interest rates

Citing an improved labor market, Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, said Thursday that it’s time for the Fed to raise interest rates.

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