Morning Minutes: Auto jobs booming, Health care workers rally

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. Increased production at the St. Louis-area facility is part of what’s driving an auto jobs boom in the state. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

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

Missouri’s auto industry jobs to double in three years

The number of jobs in Missouri’s automotive sector will rise to about 14,000 by 2015, nearly doubling in three years due to recent investments by General Motors in Wentzville and Ford in Claycomo, according to a report released by the Department of Economic Development.

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Home health care workers rally for pay raise in Missouri

About 100 home health care workers and their patients rallied in downtown St. Louis as their union seeks to persuade the state to raise their minimum hourly wage, paid through the state’s Medicaid program, from $7.50 to $11. The Missouri Home Care Union is in the midst of collective bargaining negotiations with the Missouri Quality Home Care Council over the wage issue.

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Waste Management buys into Kansas City market

Waste Management Inc., which has a limited presence in the Kansas City market, expects to become a major operator in the area with the pending acquisition of Deffenbaugh Disposal Inc. A subsidiary of Houston-based Waste Management has offered to buy the outstanding stock of Deffenbaugh, which handles an estimated 45 percent of the Kansas City waste trade.

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Missouri-founded ATM operator purchased for $160 million

Welch ATM in Chesterfield has been purchased for $160 million in cash by Cardtronics Inc. of Houston, the world’s largest ATM owner and operator. Jeff Hewitt, Welch ATM’s founder and CEO, will be an executive vice president for Cardtronics.

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Monsanto kicks in $1 million to aid Ferguson

Monsanto pledged to give $1 million over two years to four nonprofit agencies with programs targeting the Ferguson area, which remains disrupted by racial unrest following the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer.

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