Morning Minutes: Hanaway nets Sinquefield funds, Westlake closing KC facility

A Westlake Ace Hardware location in Topeka, Kan. | Courtesy of Westlake Ace Hardware
Westlake Ace Hardware, which is headquartered in the Kansas City area, has 85 stores across seven states. | Courtesy of Westlake Ace Hardware

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

Sinquefield donates $750,000 to Hanaway campaign

GOP benefactor Rex Sinquefield donated $750,000 to the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Catherine Hanaway. Hanaway, a former House speaker, is the only declared GOP candidate in the race, although others, including state Auditor Tom Schweich, are said to be interested.

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Westlake will close KC-area distribution center

Westlake Ace Hardware Inc. will close its distribution center in Lenexa, Kan., next year to improve efficiency, but the company will retain its headquarters in that same building, a move that will affect approximately 20 jobs.

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Kansas City will get access to confidential trove of census data

A U.S. Census Bureau research data center will open next fall at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. A Kansas City group led by the regional Fed was one of six markets granted a center through a competitive application process. The site will offer restricted access to confidential data maintained in Washington.


Owners of smoldering landfill say radioactive material poses little risk

A new report from the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill in metropolitan St. Louis finds little risk to public health even if an underground chemical reaction spreads to the adjacent West Lake Landfill and the radioactive waste illegally dumped there 40 years ago.

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Monsanto expands funding for pesticide research

Monsanto Co. has expanded the scope of a grant program for researchers studying crop pests and committed another $3 million in funding. The initiative began in 2012, and Monsanto allocated $3 million last year for projects that studied management, biology, physiology, biochemistry and the economic impact of the corn rootworm.

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