Morning Minutes: SunEdison buys into wind, Nixon calls on National Guard

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Here are this morning’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

SunEdison buying wind developer for up to $2.4 billion

SunEdison is acquiring Boston-based wind developer First Wind Holdings LLC for as much as $2.4 billion. The purchase, which is the company’s first major deal outside of the solar industry, is among SunEdison’s largest since the Maryland Heights-based solar developer kicked off a buying spree that has transformed it into a major operator and developer of solar power.

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Nixon activates National Guard ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision

Gov. Jay Nixon cited “the possibility of expanded unrest” Monday in declaring a state of emergency and preparing to send the Missouri National Guard to the St. Louis area after a grand jury announces its decision in the Michael Brown case.

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KC-based CorEnergy to acquire natural gas pipeline for $125 million

Kansas City-based CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust will acquire MoGas Pipeline System for $125 million in cash. The 263-mile pipeline, owned by St. Peters-based MoGas Pipeline LLC, supplies natural gas to customers including Laclede Gas Co. and Ameren Missouri.

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Bias against minorities, women continues to plague state contracting

Two decades after Missouri set its first goals for state contracts with businesses owned by minorities and women, the state’s contracting program continues to be affected by “discrimination on a basis of race and gender,” according to a study released by the Office of Administration last month.

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A Joe’s by any other name: KC barbecue joint phases out old handle

The “Oklahoma Joe’s” signs that adorn the exterior of some of the Kansas City area’s most popular barbecue restaurants will vanish this week — among the last vestiges of a bygone era in Kansas City barbecue.

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