Morning Minutes: Ebola scare shows costs, St. Louis Fed reports good month

The University of Kansas Hospital is located in Kansas City, Kan. | Courtesy of Nightryder84/Wikimedia Commons
The University of Kansas Hospital last week handled a suspected Ebola case that turned out to be a false alarm, but the incident illustrated the cost of handling the virus. | Courtesy of Nightryder84/Wikimedia Commons

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

False alarm at Kansas City hospital illustrates high cost of Ebola care

The costs quickly mounted when the University of Kansas Hospital last week cared for a possible Ebola patient. The Ebola scare, which turned out to be more of an infectious disease practice event, gave the hospital a clear window into the cost of best-practice care for the infectious and often fatal disease.

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Official autopsy backs claim that Brown struggled with officer in patrol car

The official autopsy on Michael Brown shows that he was shot in the hand at close range, according to an analysis of the findings by two experts not involved directly in the case.

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Monsanto continues offering coated seeds linked to bee deaths

The largest U.S. seed makers will keep selling soybeans coated with a pesticide suspected of contributing to bee deaths even though the Environmental Protection Agency says the product doesn’t increase yields. Creve Coeur-based Monsanto Co., DuPont Co. and Dow Chemical Co. all said they would still offer soybeans treated with neonicotinoids.

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St. Louis Fed: Region sees growth in lending, spending, construction

Lending, consumer spending and commercial construction have improved over the past month, according to the latest Beige Book report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The report notes that economic activity in the St. Louis Fed’s region, which covers part of Missouri and six other states, has picked up at a moderate pace in recent weeks.

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Royals get World Series bang for limited payroll bucks

The Kansas City Royals swept their first three opponents in the 2014 Major League Baseball Playoffs, making them just the second team to enter the World Series undefeated since the league adopted a new postseason format in 1995. Almost as statistically unlikely as the Royals’ unblemished record before the World Series: They did it with a payroll below the league average.

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