Morning Minutes: Home health workers get raise, KC firm buys World Series tickets

Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals | Courtesy of Ian Munroe/Flickr
Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, will be the venue for Centric Projects’ next company outing after the firm’s owner bought all its employees tickets to game one of the World Series. | Courtesy of Ian Munroe/Flickr

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

Missouri’s home health workers to get raise

The Missouri Home Care Union representing thousands of home health workers in Missouri reached a tentative agreement with state negotiators that would raise the minimum wage within a range of $8.50 to $10.15.

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Manufacturing expansion in St. Louis will create about 73 jobs

SKF plans to invest $34.2 million to build an engineering and manufacturing campus for industrial lubrication systems in St. Louis County that will create an estimated 73 jobs over the next six years. SKF, which spent $20 million for personal property, would receive a 50 percent tax abatement for 10 years on real and personal property from the county, according to the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

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Kansas City beats St. Louis in wireless service comparison

Rankings by RootMetrics show the wireless service in the Kansas City market – Sprint Corp.’s home base – is performing well for its size though it’s a little slow. Kansas City’s overall rank was 29th, compared with its population rank of 30th. St. Louis ranked 41st overall.

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KC construction contractor taking entire company to World Series game

An employee at Centric Projects suggested, almost as a joke, that owner Richard Wetzel make a Royals baseball game the company’s next outing. Wetzel agreed, and so all 49 employees will be going to the World Series game Tuesday night.

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Sprint layoffs include upper management, IT workers

Sprint Corp. reports that its reduction of 452 jobs from its Overland Park, Kan., headquarters includes the elimination of 67 managers, 10 directors and four vice presidents, and that it anticipates “additional reduction activity in the next few weeks.”

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