Morning Minutes: Mixed reaction on immigration, health care sweeps startup contest

Photo courtesy of StartUp Connection
Photo courtesy of StartUp Connection

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

State’s hispanic leaders mixed in response to immigration order

Missouri’s hispanic business and civic leaders expressed mixed reactions to the executive order announced Thursday by President Barack Obama that could offer protection from deportation for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

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Health care companies take top honors at St. Louis Startup Connection

Health care startups swept the top three spots in the competitive portion of the Startup Connection, an annual entrepreneurial showcase and resource fair in St. Louis.

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International students spiked 5 percent, spent $500 million last year

Missouri universities experienced a 5 percent increase in international student enrollment during the 2013-14 academic year, and the state ranked 12th nationally in number of students from abroad, according to a report from the Institute of International Education.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev confirms layoffs amid sagging sales

The company didn’t report when the layoffs occurred or how many employees were affected. Vice president Jim Brickey said in a statement that the reductions were minimized as much as possible by using open positions.

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Garry Gribble sells KC running stores to Denver company

Garry Gribble, who opened the first Garry Gribble’s Running Sports store 30 years ago, has sold his chain of Kansas City-area running stores to the Denver-based Running Specialty Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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