Morning Minutes: Casinos continue slide, Cigna joins marketplace

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Revenues at Missouri casinos continued to tumble in Fiscal Year 2013-’14. | Courtesy of Max Bisschop/Flickr

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

Missouri gaming industry slide continues

Gross revenues at Missouri’s 13 casinos dropped 5 percent for Fiscal Year 2013-14, and casino admissions were down 8 percent, according to the state gaming commission’s annual report. The commission’s executive director, Roger Stottlemyre, said the decline is related to the slow but continued economic recovery.

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EPA fines Kansas City research lab

Harcros Chemicals Inc. in Kansas City, Kan., was ordered to pay a $1.5 million fine after pleading guilty to one count of storing hazardous waste without a permit. An EPA agent said the illegal storage practices “threatened groundwater supplies and put employees and the public at serious risk.”

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Manufacturing in Kansas City region increases slightly

The manufacturing index in the region monitored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City rose to 6 in September from 3 in August, but lower than the reading of 9 in July. The index takes into account production, new orders, employment, supplier delivery time and raw materials.

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Ford hires came through Full Employment Council recruiting

The 1,200 new hires Ford Motor Co. announced at the Kansas City Assembly Plant came through the Missouri Career Center at the Full Employment Council, which works to find full-time jobs for the unemployed and underemployed.

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Cigna to join health insurance marketplace in Missouri

Cigna, a Connecticut-based health insurer, said it will sell individual plans through the state’s online health insurance marketplace when open enrollment begins on Nov. 15, but only to customers in the St. Louis area. Cigna joins UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest insurer, in seeking to join the Missouri marketplace this year after sitting out last year.

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