Morning Minutes: Benefits for same-sex spouses, EPA rules in question

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Same-sex couples to get state benefits in Missouri

Spouses in some same-sex Missouri couples will be able to get state health insurance and get survivor benefits from the state retirement system. A Kansas City circuit judge’s ruling clears the way for state government to recognize the marriages of same-sex Missouri couples married in states that recognize same-sex marriages as legal.

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Business, farm groups question EPA rules

More than two dozen representatives of Missouri business and agriculture groups met at Missouri Farm Bureau headquarters to discuss ways to get the federal Environmental Protection Agency to stop trying to expand its authority over water resources. The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last March proposed changes to the Clean Water Act that they see as an effort to better protect clean water.

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Theater chains based in Kansas City area merge

B&B Theatres, a family-owned company based in Liberty, has acquired Overland Park, Kan.-based Dickinson Theatres to create the ninth largest movie house chain in the United States, with 408 screens at 50 locations. Eleven of the locations are within the Kansas City market.

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Dozens of Missouri driver license offices being rebid

Contracts for at least 36 of Missouri’s 179 state license offices are being bid for the second time in a year as the state continues to try to iron out problems in what has long been a controversial and politicized system.

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Commission claims savings in new Missouri Lottery contract

The Missouri Lottery Commission signed a $16.1 million-a-year contract with GTECH Corp. to handle the lottery’s draw games and other computer gaming services for the next seven years. Officials said the lottery would save $4.9 million over the life of the contract.

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