Morning Minutes: Holder orders Ferguson probe, Fast-food workers arrested

Fast-food workers rally outside St. Louis restaurants in May. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Fast-food worker protests took hold last year in many cities across the U.S., including Kansas City and St. Louis. A fast-food worker rally Thursday in Kansas City produced 52 arrests. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Department of Justice launches civil rights probe in Ferguson

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has opened a broader civil rights investigation of the Ferguson Police Department following Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

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New round of fast-food worker protests causes arrests in KC

Hundreds of workers, union members, clergy and others sang and chanted as 52 fast-food workers were arrested by police during a protest in Kansas City.

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Missouri owes $11.3 million for new health care tax

Missouri will pay an estimated $11.3 million to the federal government this year in taxes tied to the Affordable Care Act, according to the state Department of Social Services. Some say the tax bill should serve as incentive for state lawmakers to accept billions of dollars in federal funds to expand Medicaid in the state.

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Judge mulls possible retrial in Anheuser-Busch discrimination suit

A St. Louis Circuit Court judge is considering the possibility of a new trial in the gender discrimination case that former Anheuser-Busch executive Francine Katz brought against the brewer.

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Health Care Checkup: Two nonprofits merge, startups bring in funds

In difficult times for nonprofit health care providers, two Missouri nonprofits are merging in an attempt to give themselves an advantage.

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