Morning Minutes: Noranda rate debate continues, Royals’ run boosts business

A win in Game 3 of their American League Divisional Series gave Royals players reason to celebrate. The Royals' extended postseason run has helped the franchise's business side, too. | Courtesy of the Kansas City Royals
A win in Game 3 of their American League Divisional Series gave Royals players reason to celebrate. The Royals’ extended postseason run has helped the franchise’s business interests, too. | Courtesy of the Kansas City Royals

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

Public counsel recommends Noranda electricity rate cut

The state’s consumer advocate is asking utility regulators to cut Noranda Aluminum’s electric rate when they rule on Ameren Missouri’s request to raise rates by nearly 10 percent on the rest of its customers.

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Students sue Kansas City-area career college

Nearly 200 former and current students have signed on to a lawsuit accusing Overland Park, Kan.-based Wright Career College of fraud and misrepresentation. The lawsuit says Wright deceived students about the true cost of attending, the value of the school’s accreditation, the quality and reputation of its academic programs, and the employment prospects graduates could expect.

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Royals executives capitalize on team’s success

The Kansas City Royals playoff run has turned into a home run for the business side of the team, with television ratings off the chart and fans gobbling up merchandise faster then the team can put it on the shelves.

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State defends Missouri aid for Boeing expansion

Boeing Co.’s deal with the state of Missouri obligates the firm to create at least 2,000 new, good-paying jobs here over 10 years in order to reap untold millions in state subsidies. The dollar amount is secret for now, although the administration of Gov. Jay Nixon says it will reveal the size of the subsidies after final details are worked out.

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Obamacare signups highest in Missouri’s urban areas, lowest in rural areas

An analysis of enrollments on HealthCare.gov, the government’s online health insurance marketplace, shows where the campaign to expand coverage was successful, and where more work needs to be done when enrollment for 2015 begins on Nov. 15.

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