Morning Minutes: KC animal health sector, MU stadium expansion

Ceva Animal Health is expanding its facilities in Lenexa, Kan. | Courtesy of Ceva Animal Health
Ceva Animal Health in Lenexa, Kan., is part of a growing animal health sector in the Kansas City area. | Courtesy of Ceva Animal Health

Ferguson businesses getting help from insurance department, business fund

The Missouri Department of Insurance is working with business owners in Ferguson to file claims following the unrest related to the Michael Brown shooting. Representatives from the department will be in Ferguson today to visit businesses and answer insurance questions, according to a news release.

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House prices in Q2 rise in St. Louis, fall in Missouri overall

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s purchase-only index, seasonally adjusted, shows that home prices in the St. Louis metropolitan area have risen for seven straight quarters, continuing a slow but steady recovery that began in 2011. In Missouri overall, housing prices dropped slightly in the second quarter but are up 2.7 percent in the past year.

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Animal health industry growing in KC region

More than half of worldwide animal health, diagnostics and pet food sales come from companies that have a strategic location in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, according to a survey by Axxiom Consulting LLC. Since the corridor’s inception in 2006, 31 animal health companies have located within the area and have pledged to create 1,368 new jobs.

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Missouri joins health care compact

Missouri and eight other states have signed on to a movement that would wrest regulation of most health care insurance systems from the federal government. Those state legislatures want to be part of a proposed interstate Health Care Compact.

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MU unveils football stadium expansion

Other than a few finishing touches before the University of Missouri’s first football game Saturday against South Dakota State, Memorial Stadium’s east side expansion is complete. The $45 million project, which began in April 2013, is the latest step in attracting fans, officials said during an unveiling ceremony.

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