Morning Minutes: Centene picks Ferguson site, KC kids attend Computer Olympics

Kansas City children on Saturday competed in a Computer Olympics designed to enhance math skills and teach basic coding. |Courtesy of the Black Family Technology Awareness Association
Kansas City children on Saturday competed in a Computer Olympics designed to enhance math skills and teach basic coding. | Courtesy of the Black Family Technology Awareness Association

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

Ameren balks at expanding energy efficiency program

The first year of data from Ameren Missouri’s new regime of rules that promote efficiency indicate many customers are eager to take advantage of rebates for more efficient lighting and appliances. Ameren far exceeded its 2013 savings goal, helping customers save between 310 and 397 gigawatt hours of electricity.

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Ameren redesigns monthly bills emphasizing conservation

Ameren Missouri customers this week will begin receiving a redesigned bill with an emphasis on energy usage that contains more information about accessing rebates from its new efficiency program. The utility is also rolling out revamped online account features that will let customers compare usage to their neighbors’, which research suggests is an easy way to get people to conserve energy.

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Centene chooses Ferguson building site

Centene will build its Ferguson claims facility at the site of a former car dealership near Interstate 270, where about 200 employees will process claims from its Missouri-based Home State Health and contracts in other states. The company, based in nearby Clayton, said it will begin job training next month.

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Kansas City inaugurates Computer Olympics for youngsters

About 35 students, from kindergarten through eighth grade, attended the inaugural Computer Olympics in Kansas City, where they solved math problems and learned basic computer coding skills that could someday lead to a career.

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Missouri creates certified Ebola testing lab

The Missouri State Public Health Laboratory has been designated as an Ebola Virus Disease testing laboratory as part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Laboratory Response Network, Gov. Jay Nixon announced.

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