Morning Minutes: Boulevard breaks ground, Energizer reports income drop

The Boulevard Brewery and its iconic smokestack along Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
The Boulevard Brewery and its iconic smokestack along Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

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

Oversight committee created to look into Koster allegations

Following a story in The New York Times alleging Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office repeatedly held back in consumer investigations against companies that contributed to his campaign, Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones has created an oversight committee to look into the matter.

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Home health care workers union strikes tentative wage deal

The Missouri Home Care Union, which represents between 8,000 and 9,000 home health care workers in the state, has reached a tentative agreement on a wage hike in has campaigned for since August. The agreement, which hasn’t yet been ratified, would pay workers $8.50 to $10.15 an hour. The current wage for the union’s workers is $8.58 an hour.

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Cerner breaks ground on Three Trails campus

Gov. Jay Nixon and Kansas City Mayor Sly James were in attendance as ground broke on Cerner’s $4.45 billion Three Trails campus on the city’s south side. Once completed, the office complex in the former Bannister Mall location is expected to hold as many as 16,000 of the company’s employees.

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Energizer reports 19 percent income drop for quarter

Energizer Holdings Inc. announced an increase in total revenue but a net income fall of nearly 19 percent to $85.2 million, or $1.36 per share, in its fourth quarter earnings report. The Town and Country-based company, in the process of spinning off its struggling battery business, said it expects no organic sales growth due to falling demand for its Energizer and Eveready batteries. Restructuring and spinoff costs were blamed for the drop in income.

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Boulevard breaks ground on $12M expansion

Boulevard Brewing Co., the No. 12 craft brewery in the United States, began construction Wednesday on a $12 million expansion project intended to help it meet additional capacity needs as it expands its market. The expansion, named Cellar Five, is expected to increase Boulevard’s beer fermentation capacity by 40 percent.

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