Morning Minutes: Emerson invests in Ferguson, Nixon alters lotto

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Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed new commissioners for the Missouri Lottery and suggested other changes to the way the lotto is run. | Courtesy of the Missouri Lottery

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

Emerson unveils plan to spend millions on Ferguson education, job training

Emerson Chairman and CEO David Farr unveiled his company’s plan to support the Ferguson area by targeting early childhood education, jobs for young people and job training. The plan, “Ferguson Forward,” includes more than $4 million in new funding and a redirection of half of the company’s existing commitments to the United Way.

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Health IT startups focus on alleviating pain

When entrepreneurs focused on improving the health care industry talk about “pain points,” they’re not referring to physical discomforts of arthritis or cancer treatments.

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Data management company expands in Kansas City area

Alliance Data Systems Corp.’s Lenexa, Kan., office celebrated an expansion project that will allow it to double its head count by hiring 200 people in the area by the end of the year and another 300 within three years.

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Nixon shakes up Missouri Lottery

Gov. Jay Nixon replaced four of the five commissioners who oversee the Missouri Lottery and urged his new appointees to take steps to maximize the money that goes to public education. Steps that should be considered, he said, include ratcheting down the share of money that goes into prizes for winners and tightening the contract with the company that produces the instant Scratchers games.

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Ferguson protesters target Rams game

Some Ferguson protesters are planning to rally outside — and inside — the Edward Jones Dome Sunday, when the St. Louis Rams play the Dallas Cowboys.

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