Morning Minutes: Ferguson fears fallout, accelerator applicants spike

Startup Juristat presents at the Capital Innovators Demo Day in May 2013. | Courtesy of Capital Innovators
Juristat was part of the group of startups to present at the Capital Innovators Demo Day in May 2013. The St. Louis program has seen a record number of applicants for its next class of startups. | Courtesy of Capital Innovators

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Brown’s funeral takes place today after quiet weekend in Ferguson

Michael Brown’s father called for calm during today’s funeral services in suburban St. Louis. President Barack Obama is sending three White House aides to the funeral of the young black man, whose fatal shooting by a white police officer sparked days of racial unrest in Ferguson.

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Business leaders ponder impact of Ferguson spotlight

Business leaders are wondering how the international negative publicity about the clashes in Ferguson will impact the area’s business climate. Tear gas, looters, protest signs, cops in riot gear and angry demonstrators became the image of St. Louis over the past two weeks.

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Energy secretary calls KC’s new national security campus a model for US

About 1,000 people attended the dedication of the Energy Department’s new $687 million National Security Campus in Kansas City. Honeywell manages the $700 million manufacturing operation for the non-nuclear components of the U.S. nuclear weapons program.

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St. Louis accelerator gets its highest number of funding applications

The director of operations for Capital Innovators said the downtown St. Louis accelerator has set a record for most applications filed by startup tech companies in a single application period. Twice a year, Capital Innovators invests $50,000 in five or six tech companies in exchange for an equity stake, and winners from this round are expected to be announced in mid-September.

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Missouri’s alternative charter high schools disappearing

Kansas City’s DeLaSalle Education Center is Missouri’s only remaining alternative charter high school. And DeLaSalle and its sponsor, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, want to open a conversation with policymakers and the community about changing the way alternative schools are judged.

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