Morning Minutes: Ferguson business aid, animal health expansion

Florissant  Avenue in Ferguson was one of the main sights for protests in the wake of Michael Brown's death. | Courtesy of Youth Radio/Flickr
Florissant Avenue in Ferguson was one of the main sights for protests in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. | Courtesy of Youth Radio/Flickr

Here are today’s top stories from across Missouri:

State offers aid to Ferguson businesses

Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $1 million dollar Small Business Relief Program that offers zero-percent interest loans of up to $10,000 for small businesses affected by the riots in Ferguson and surrounding areas. The state is committing $250,000 to the program with matching donations from other entities.

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Kansas City Fed reports regional growth

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s regional manufacturing index registered at 3 in August, down from 9 in July and 6 in June. Despite the slowed growth, August marked the eighth consecutive month of manufacturing expansion in the region, and corporate expectations for future growth remain positive.

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Legislators seek pay hike for home-care workers

Several Missouri legislators and health-care advocates called on Gov. Jay Nixon to use his influence to increase wages for home-care workers from about $8.60 an hour to $11 an hour.

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Kansas City, St. Louis rank among nation’s most affluent metro areas

The Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas are in the top 15 percent of a ranking of the most affluent metropolitan and micropolitan areas in the U.S.

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Pharmaceutical company expands in Overland Park

Parnell Inc. announced it will add 32 new jobs at its Overland Park, Kan., headquarters, increasing its number of U.S. employees to 95 during the next year. The global veterinary pharmaceutical company established its North American headquarters in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor in 2013 after receiving a $400,000 grant from the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

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