Morning Minutes: GM growing in Wentzville, A-B speaks out about NFL

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will be produced at the General Motors plant in Wentzville. | Courtesy of Creative Commons
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will be produced at the General Motors plant in Wentzville. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

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

GM Wentzville plant to add 750 jobs

General Motors plans to add 750 jobs and start a third production shift at its Wentzville Assembly Plant early next year when GM starts making its next generation of midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

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A-B ‘increasingly concerned’ about NFL scandals

Anheuser-Busch, one of the National Football League’s biggest sponsors, said it is “disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season.”

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Ferguson business owners complain about rogue vendors

Business owners in and near Ferguson are complaining about makeshift vending stations selling T-shirts and food set up along the commercial corridor where large protests and occasional violence broke out following the death of Michael Brown.

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Kansas City-founded pharmaceutical company plans IPO

Proteon Therapeutics Inc., which saw its deal to be purchased by Novartis AG fall through this year, is planning an initial public offering. In its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Proteon did not disclose the number or price of shares it will offer.

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Kansas City GDP grows, St. Louis stays even

With 1.4 percent growth, the Kansas City area was one of 292 metropolitan areas to show an increase in real GDP, and St. Louis saw almost no change. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released 2013 real gross domestic product figures for metropolitan areas that showed growth of 2.5 percent for the Plains region and 1.7 percent for all U.S. metro areas.

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