Morning Minutes: German firm opening St. Joe plant, Home prices rise

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

Female board directors rare in KC, advocacy group finds

On 58 top public and private corporate boards in the Kansas City area, just 12.2 percent of the directors are women, a networking and advocacy organization determined. Central Exchange said that’s a gain from 10.4 percent a year ago, but it could reflect improved data collection. Read more

Packaging company to open plant in St. Joseph

Schütz Container Systems Inc. is establishing an assembly plant in St. Joseph that eventually will employ about 50 workers who will make packages for the agriculture chemical and food-related industries. Read more

Missouri home prices rise, but rate is below US average

Single-family home prices in Missouri, including distressed sales, increased by 3.9 percent in August compared with the same month in 2013. The increase was 5 percent in St. Louis. Read more

St. Louis hospitals add Ebola precautions

St. Louis-area hospitals outlined steps they’ve taken this week to respond to the Ebola epidemic. At SSM Health facilities, patients are being greeted by signs that direct them to put on a mask if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms. Patients are also told to immediately alert a staffer if they have flu symptoms and have traveled to West Africa recently. Read more

Auto dealers get first batch of Missouri-made pickups

As part of the formal launch of its redesigned Colorado and Canyon pickups, General Motors invited Chevrolet and GMC dealers to drive 65 of the newly assembled vehicles off the Wentzville assembly plant’s parking lot. Read more

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