Morning Minutes: ‘Right to Farm’ recount, Express Scripts suit

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“Right to Farm” legislation that appeared on Missouri’s Aug. 5 ballot will face a recount. | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City CEO is retiring

David Gentile worked with the insurance company for more than 23 years and took the helm as CEO in December 2010, just before President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act. He led Blue Cross through one of the most tumultuous times in industry history.

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About 4,500 people attend Michael Brown’s funeral

The funeral services for Michael Brown, the black teenager killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, brought the national news spotlight back to suburban St. Louis on Monday. Mourners filled the 2,500-seat main auditorium of Friendly Temple Baptist Church, as well as several other areas with closed circuit television access.

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St. Joseph pet food company expands

Protein LLC, a company with 50 employees that supplies ingredients to Nestle and other pet food companies, is investing $11.6 million to build a new plant and plans to add 20 full-time jobs. Site preparation work has begun on 9.5-acres in the Stockyards Industrial Park area.

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Recount requested in farming ballot initiative

Opponents are seeking a recount of the statewide vote for Missouri’s “Right to Farm” constitutional amendment, which narrowly passed in the Aug. 5 election. The Missouri secretary of state’s office has confirmed that two recount requests have been filed regarding Amendment 1.

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Pharmacy company sues Express Scripts over termination

An Alabama pharmacy is accusing pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts of unfairly terminating its provider agreement. Triad Rx Inc., which provides compounded medications to patients in more than 25 states, made the allegations in a breach of contract lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in St. Louis.

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