Morning Minutes: Patriot Coal warns of layoffs, Two new tenants at KC-area logistics park

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

Two new distribution centers to bring 200 jobs to KC logistics park

Flexsteel Industries and Kubota Tractor Corp. announced separate plans to open facilities at Logistics Park Kansas City. Together, the two businesses will bring more than 200 jobs to the distribution and warehouse development in Edgerton, Kan.

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Merger of highway, water patrols fails to deliver improved safety, savings

Close to four years ago, the Missouri Water Patrol merged with the Missouri Highway Patrol in a move it was said would save taxpayers money and put more officers on the state’s waterways.

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Officials fear Ferguson’s effects on St. Louis region’s economy

Two waves of riots in a span of four months in the St. Louis area have left the region’s business leaders and economic development officials to ponder what lasting economic impact the unrest will have on the region.

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Patriot warns Kentucky miners of possible layoffs

Patriot Coal has informed miners at two Kentucky mines that layoffs may be imminent.

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Inventory dwindles, questions linger as Dillons exits Springfield

Staff at three of the Springfield area’s four Dillons stores have said the stores will close to the public at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, leaving the area without any Dillons stores for the first time in decades. The closures are expected to affect more than 300 employees.

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