Morning Minutes: Coal stockpiles critical, health care rollout smooth

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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

Utilities struggle to replenish coal stockpiles, seek regulators’ help

Ameren Missouri and other utilities reliant on Western coal are asking federal regulators to intervene and force BNSF to improve its service after a year of delivery issues that have hurt coal companies’ earnings and prevented them from replenishing stockpiles.

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Health insuranace enrollment enjoys smoother start saw a smoother start to open enrollment Saturday than it did a year ago, when the federal health insurance portal was beset by technical problems. The Department of Health and Human Services said 23,000 people filled out applications during the first eight hours of enrollment Saturday.

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KC development group celebrates record year for job recruitment

The Kansas City Area Development Council celebrated the best job-recruitment year in its history Friday. The organization said at its annual luncheon that 3,286 jobs, representing an annual payroll of $150 million, set a record for KCADC recruitment of new employers to the Kansas City area.

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Union officials fear consequences of closing postal centers

The U.S. Postal Service’s plan to close 82 more processing centers around the country will bring the total number of centers to about one-third of what it was 10 years ago.

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House Speaker Jones backs conservative causes with excess campaign funds

When Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones announced he wouldn’t run for a statewide office in 2016, his campaign committee had more than $993,000 in its coffers. But Jones said he plans to deploy those funds in support of “conservative causes and conservative candidates.”

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