Morning Minutes: Ford rolls out new F-150, United Way receives millions

The new Ford F-150 features an aluminum body and new engines. | Courtesy Ford Motor Company
The new Ford F-150 features an aluminum body and new engines. | Courtesy Ford Motor Company

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

‘KC Rising’ seeks to spur area’s economy amid slow recovery

A coalition of business and civic leaders from the Kansas City area on Tuesday announced an effort, KC Rising, aimed at countering the region’s sluggish economic growth rate. The effort comes in response to a Brookings report released this summer that showed Kansas City has been slow to recover after the recession and trails many of its peer cities in job creation.

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After midterm election, Medicaid Expansion still a focus for some

A strong Republican showing in last week’s midterm election appears to have dimmed the prospects for Medicaid expansion in many states, including Kansas. But in Missouri, Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, appears intent on pressing ahead in his efforts to expand health care coverage for about 300,000 low-income Missourians.

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Associated Wholesale Grocers to buy Iowa grocery chain

Kansas City-based Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. will acquire Dahl’s Foods Inc., an Iowa-based grocery chain that earlier this year closed three of its 13 stores and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Ford rolls out new F-150, production to follow soon

Ford rolled out the first of its new, aluminum F-150 pickup trucks yesterday in Michigan, and production of the vehicles at the company’s Kansas City-area plant isn’t far behind.

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St. Louis companies donate million to record United Way haul

The United Way of Greater St. Louis exceeded its annual fundraising goal, raising $73 million to set a record for the highest total in the agency’s history. Fourteen companies raised $1 million or more. Edward Jones became the first company to give $5 million to the campaign. Monsanto gave $4 million or more, and Enterprise Holdings and Anheuser-Busch both donated $3 million or more.

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