Morning Minutes: JJ’s to reopen, Developers give ‘zombie homes’ new life

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

Multistate businesses face challenge with insurance marketplace

Businesses that have employees in multiple states could face additional challenges securing health insurance through the online Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP.

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New House Speaker Diehl presents strong counter to Nixon

As John Diehl begins his new job as Missouri’s House speaker, the state’s Republicans enjoy an historic majority in the House. Diehl, a Republican from Town and Country, has risen through leadership positions in Jefferson City over the last five years, earning a reputation as a shrewd dealmaker adept at the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that’s key to the legislative process.

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In improved housing market, developers bring ‘zombies’ back to life

Developers are trying to resuscitate the Huntleigh Ridge subdivision in Wentzville in one example of a growing trend in the St. Louis area: The revival of so-called “zombie homes.”

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Ferguson, businesses brace for grand jury decision

Almost every store window along Ferguson’s West Florissant Avenue is boarded up, and local police have stocked up on riot gear and held training sessions on how to respond to civil unrest. Protesters, too, have held sessions to prepare for potential encounters.

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Popular KC restaurant leveled by explosion to reopen this week

In what its owners are labeling a “return” rather than a “reopening,” JJ’s Restaurant will open to the public Wednesday in a new spot just west of Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza. The new restaurant stands less than a block from JJ’s old location, where a natural gas explosion in February 2013 leveled the 27-year-old restaurant and killed server Megan Cramer.

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