Morning Minutes: Thanksgiving jumpstarts holiday shopping, VisitKC puts focus on tourism

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

Thanksgiving offers early start to strong projected holiday shopping

Around Missouri and across the U.S., consumers got a jumpstart on Black Friday by beginning their bargain hunting on Thursday evening, taking advantage of the earlier arrival of discounts and special offers.

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Advocates renew efforts for stricter legislative ethics laws

Some think Missouri’s 2015 legislative session could usher in change to the state’s campaign and legislative ethics laws, which are among the loosest in the nation. Several longtime opponents of ethics reforms have left office, and legislative leaders have expressed support of reform.

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OSHA ushering in stricter reporting for workplace injuries

Starting in January, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration will expand its list of severe work-related injuries that employers with 10 or more employees must report.

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Nixon: No special attorney for Wilson, state to assist in vandalism probe

Although some have called for a special prosecutor to present the case of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson to a new grand jury, Gov. Jay Nixon said he will not consider it.

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New VisitKC head Burt looks to turn positive attention into tourism

Kansas City has enjoyed a recent run of appearances on national “best of” lists, and the city saw a boost in prominence from the Royals’ improbable run to the World Series. Now, Ronnie Burt, the president and CEO of Visit KC, is hoping to convert that momentum for the city into more visits from tourists and business groups.

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