Morning Minutes: Veto override targets, Ferguson changes

Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert
Legislators convene in Jefferson City today for the veto session. | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

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

House budget chairman identifies veto override targets

The Missouri General Assembly convenes today to consider Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of legislation passed earlier this year. The legislature’s budget leaders say they have identified about 50 items that Nixon cut from the state’s current operating budget that they will recommend for veto override attempts.

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Ferguson council plans changes to ‘improve trust’

The Ferguson City Council announced plans to reduce court fine revenue, reform court procedures and start a Citizen Review Board that will monitor and guide the police department. “We want to demonstrate to residents that we take their concerns extremely seriously,” Councilman Mark Byrne said.

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Plan would pair Katy with second cross-Missouri trail

A proposed Rock Island Trail would pair with the 240-mile Katy Trail and create a 400-mile loop unrivaled in the United States. Trail advocates say the second rails-to-trails project would create new recreational opportunities, but it also would boost commerce in struggling, rural areas along the proposed hiking and biking path.

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St. Louis innovation district to get metro stop

More than $10 million in federal funding will help MetroLink build a new station for the Cortex innovation district. Funding from the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (Tiger) grant program will cover a majority of the projected $12.9 million project cost.

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Owners sell Kansas City electrical supply company

Border States Electric, based in Fargo, N.D., announced an agreement to buy Western Extralite, a Kansas City-based electrical supply company. Both companies are employee-owned, and Western Extralite employees will become employee-owners of Border States Electric.

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