Morning Minutes: Logistics firm adds KC jobs, Hibbett Sports expands

Hibbett Sports has 33 stores in Missouri, including this location in Joplin. | Courtesy of Hibbett Sports
Hibbett Sports has 33 stores in Missouri, including this location in Joplin. | Courtesy of Hibbett Sports

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

EPA approves Missouri water quality rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved new state water quality standards that add specific pollutant limits to 90,000 miles of previously unprotected rivers and streams and 2,100 lakes across Missouri. The Clean Water Act requires that all water bodies be made safe for swimming and fishing, but Missouri went years without classifying some of its water bodies or saying whether they were safe.

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Logistics firm adds 125 jobs in Kansas City

Connecticut’s XPO Logistics will bring 125 jobs to Kansas City in a deal that could make it eligible for nearly $700,000 in incentives through the Missouri Works program.The third-party transportation company is expected to make a $1.2 million capital investment in Kansas City.

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Cerner reports record bookings, strong profits

Cerner Corp., a health technology provider based in North Kansas City, reported third-quarter bookings of $1.1 billion, an all-time high, along with a 20 percent rise in earnings per share and a 15 percent growth in revenues compared with the third quarter last year.

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Hibbett Sporting Goods expands in St. Louis

Sports gear retailer Hibbett Sporting Goods Inc. plans to open two new stores in the St. Louis area, in Chesterfield and Warrenton. In 2014 Hibbett operated 33 stores in Missouri and 26 in Illinois.

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YRC chief cites strains on trucking amid improving economy

The CEO of Overland Park, Kan.-based YRC Worldwide Inc. said during a speech that the trucking industry badly needs drivers, new equipment, more technology, less regulation and a fuel tax. James Welch also said freight movers — whether they drive trucks, fly planes or captain ships — should benefit from an improving U.S. economy.

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