Morning Minutes: Medicaid expansion chances slimming, new cigarette tax coming?

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Photos courtesy Creative Commons

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

Missouri Republicans: Medicaid expansion ‘off the table’ in 2015

Efforts to expand Medicaid have picked up momentum in some conservative states since midterm elections in November, with three Republican governors announcing proposals to use federal money to insure low-income adults. But Missouri doesn’t appear likely to join that crowd.

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Backers of cigarette tax hold events, emphasize economic impact

The group seeking to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax, which is currently the lowest in the nation, is holding town hall meetings across the state and trying to emphasize a clear, consistent message: It’s for the kids.

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In new year, Ferguson seeks answers to lingering uncertainty

Before racial unrest seized Ferguson in August, the St. Louis suburb showed signs of resurgence. Several new restaurants and small businesses had popped up in a redeveloped downtown district. A community center, new fire station and remodeled police department had all opened.

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Missouri first state to see average gas price dip below $2 since 2009

Missouri became the first state Friday to have its average gas price fall below $2 per gallon since 2009, according to AAA. In the St. Louis area, gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon in the past year.

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Two developers planning new senior living facilities in St. Louis County

DPR Realty LLC seeks approval for a $14 million, 55,000-square-foot complex that would be completed by mid-2017. Elsewhere in St. Louis County, developer Timothy Dolan is planning a $15 million neighborhood for people with Alzheimer’s.

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