Morning Minutes: Beer merger talk heats up, education chief steps down

A display in Plzeňský Prazdroj, Pilsen in the Czech Republic showcases the beers of SABMiller. | Courtesy of Marcin Szala/Wikimedia Commons
A-B InBev is reportedly seeking $122 billion in financing to acquire SABMiller, the world’s second-largest brewer. | Courtesy of Marcin Szala/Wikimedia Commons

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

Markets react to possible A-B InBev merger with SABMiller

Heineken’s rejection of a takeover bid by SABMiller has revived speculation about deals that could reshape the global beer business. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, is actively seeking $122 billion in financing to acquire No. 2 SABMiller.

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Gay marriage would boost Missouri’s economy, study predicts

If same-sex marriage became legal in Missouri, weddings would create 312 to 936 jobs in the tourism and recreation sectors and the state’s economy would gain up to $36 million over the next three years, a study by scholars at the UCLA School of Law concluded.

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Missouri’s education commissioner to step down

Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro will retire from her position by the end of the year after five years on the job.

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Port of Kansas City to reopen with improvements

The Port Authority of Kansas City and operator Kaw Valley Cos. announced that the port, which has been closed since 2007, will be reopened and freight will start landing there by the spring.

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Grand jury gets more time to consider Ferguson case

The grand jury considering whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson should be criminally charged in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown now has until Jan. 7 to decide. There is significant apprehension that looting and rioting might return if the grand jury does not send Wilson to trial for something.

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