Morning Minutes: Nixon and new legislators get to work, Express Scripts lays off 400

Jay Nixon addresses the crowd at a 2012 event. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Jay Nixon addresses the crowd at a 2012 event. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Here are this morning’s top stories from across Missouri:

Nixon, lawmkers respond after GOP strengthens hold on Legislature

The day after a midterm election in which Republicans maintained their veto-proof majority in the Missouri Legislature, picking up seats in the House and preserving their edge in the Senate, newly elected legislators and Gov. Jay Nixon set to work assigning new roles and responding to Tuesday’s results.

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Express Scripts to lay off 400, including 90 in St. Louis

Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits manager, will lay off 400 employees across the U.S., including 90 in the St. Louis area, the company said Wednesday. Company spokesman Brian Henry said the move was a response to lower prescription volumes and a loss of clients.

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IT security firm FishNet to merge with Denver company

FishNet Security, an Overland Park, Kan.-based IT security firm, has agreed to a merger with Denver-based Accuvant Inc. Financial terms of the deal, which is subject to antitrust review, were not disclosed.

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Judge declares Missouri’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Denying Missouri’s same-sex couples the opportunity to marry is unconstitutional, St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled Wednesday. The move immediately prompted St. Louis to begin issuing marriage licenses, and St. Louis County said it would also abide by the ruling.

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