Morning Minutes: Fast-food workers strike, Ferguson recovery discussions begin

Fast-food workers in Kansas City have joined workers in cities including Detroit, Los Angeles and Chicago (above) calling for higher wages and the right to unionize. | Courtesy of Steve Rhodes/Flickr
Courtesy of Steve Rhodes/Flickr

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

Fast-food workers in KC, St. Louis take part in national protest

Fast-food workers and their supporters marched Thursday in nearly 200 cities nationwide, including Kansas City and St. Louis, as part of the national “Fight for $15” movement that seeks unionization and higher wages for fast-food employees.

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Business agencies, owners meet to discuss recovery in Ferguson

Owners of more than a dozen Ferguson businesses met with representatives from a variety of economic development and business support agencies Thursday to discuss coping with damage and rebuilding in the wake of the most recent round of riots in the St. Louis suburb.

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Committee investigating Koster to meet, but future is uncertain

A committee created by House Speaker Tim Jones to investigate Attorney General Chris Koster, who allegedly stopped certain investigations after donations were made to his campaign fund, is set to have its first meeting Monday. But some signs suggest the committee may not have much staying power.

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University of Missouri names new provost

Garnett Stokes, a former dean at the University of Georgia and interim president at Florida State University, was named Thursday as the new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Missouri. Stokes will start as provost, the university’s chief academic officer, in February.

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St. Louis will host Olympic trials in 2016

For the first time ever, St. Louis will be among the host cities for the U.S. Olympic team trials in 2016. The city will be home to men’s gymnastics competition in June 2016, while San Jose, Calif. will host the women’s event the following month. St. Louis will also hold the women’s competition to determine the finalists for the trials in San Jose.

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