Morning Minutes: Common Core in focus, Silvey sees Medicaid support

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

Missouri board holds first public hearing on new Common Core standards

Thirteen people testified at the state Board of Education hearing on standards, most of them either serving on or facilitating one of the eight work groups. Members of working groups are meeting to recommend new educational standards to take the place of the Common Core.

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State senator says he has support now for Medicaid expansion

State Sen. Ryan Silvey said he believes he has the support he needs to pass a Medicaid expansion bill next year that addresses the concerns of his more conservative colleagues. The Kansas City Republican said his plan, which came close to passing this year, is supported by hospitals and other provider groups.

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Missouri study finds discrimination in government contracting

Racial and gender discrimination continue to affect Missouri’s issuance of government construction contracts, according to a study conducted by a California consulting firm and released by the state’s Office of Administration. The study, commissioned by Gov. Jay Nixon and funded by the General Assembly, aimed to review the state’s inclusion of minority- and women-owned business enterprises in the issuance of government contracts awarded.

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KC-area home construction reaches pre-recession level

Homebuilding activity in the Kansas City area picked up slightly in September compared with the previous month as low mortgage interest rates continued to attract buyers, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City.

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St. Louis-area hospitals ramp up Ebola preparedness plans

Some health systems operating in Missouri have identified go-to hospitals for Ebola patients within their own networks. SSM Health Care CEO Bill Thompson sent out an internal memo describing, in detail, SSM’s preparedness plan.

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