Morning Minutes: Nixon nixes Ferguson funding session, bought

Gov. Jay Nixon made education funding the main focus of his State of the State address on Jan. 21, 2014. | Photo from
Gov. Jay Nixon made education funding the main focus of his State of the State address on Jan. 21, 2014. | Photo from

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

Nixon deems special session for Ferguson funding unnecessary

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Monday afternoon that a special session of the Missouri Legislature will not be needed to discuss funding for the ongoing operations of the Missouri National Guard and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Ferguson and the St. Louis area.

Read more acquired in $365 million deal, a Kansas City freight broker, is being acquired by Minnesota-based firm C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. for $365 million.

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Leader of Kansas City Economic Development Corp. resigns

Pete Fullerton has resigned from his role as CEO of the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City, according to a news release from Mayor Sly James’ office. Fullerton, who has served as the head of the economic development agency since 2012, is “moving on to a different career opportunity in the region,” according to the release.

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Columbia City Council votes to ‘ban the box’ on job applications

The Columbia City Council voted to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history until a conditional job offer has been extended. The decision to “ban the box” eliminates sections on job applications that require ex-offenders to disclose criminal history.

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Missouri farmers fetch higher prices with niche crops

Elderberries and pawpaws aren’t the first fruits most people probably think of when it comes to Missouri farming. But over the last few years, niche crops have become a lucrative opportunity for farmers. Due to their status as niche crops, they tend to fetch a higher price. Farmers can get more money for these crops because there are fewer producers.

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