Morning Minutes: Ferguson businesses shocked by damage, Morton named Kansas Citian of the Year

With protestors and law enforcement in full force on the streets of Ferguson, some are merchants have taken security of their businesses into their own hands. | Courtesy of Loavesofbread/Wikimedia Commons
As they did in August (above), protestors took to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. | Courtesy of Loavesofbread/Wikimedia Commons

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

Ferguson: Businesses shocked by damage, Nixon ups National Guard presence

Ferguson business owners and residents were reeling Tuesday after a turbulent night in the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

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Kansas City homebuilding hits seven-year high

Homebuilding activity in Kansas City during October hit its highest monthly mark since before the recession, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City said.

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KC Chamber names UMKC chancellor Morton its Kansas Citian of the Year

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce named Leo Morton, the chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as its Kansas Citian of the Year for 2014. The chamber bestowed its highest honor on Morton on Tuesday night at its annual dinner, which drew a crowd of 1,900 to the Kansas City Convention Center.

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More than half of recent Sprint job cuts came at KC-area headquarters

Sprint Corp’s recent round of layoffs eliminated 910 jobs at the company’s Overland Park, Kan., headquarters during October and November. That’s about 54 percent of the 1,700 jobs that were cut companywide during that span.

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Congressman Long finds demand for auctioneering skills in Washington

When Billy Long won his first congressional election in 2010, he thought his 30-year career as an auctioneer was over. But the Springfield Republican’s skills from his previous career remain in high demand in Washington.

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