Morning Minutes: KanCare counters lawsuit, tolls could be coming to I-70

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

KanCare company counters lawsuit alleging unethical behavior

One of the companies running KanCare, the privatization of Kansas’ $3 billion Medicaid program, and its St. Louis-based parent company have responded to a  lawsuit accusing it of unethical behavior.

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Governor exploring I-70 toll system

A report by the Missouri Transportation Commission outlines options for creating and financing a toll system to pay for an overhaul of Interstate 70 across the state. The report delivered to Gov. Jay Nixon this week said the minimum cost of rebuilding the interstate from Independence to Wentzville, a distance of about 200 miles, is estimated at $2 billion.

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KC-Metro company brokers wind energy agreement

Lenexa-based Tradewind Energy Inc. signed a long-term agreement to sell electricity from a new wind farm to a North Dakota power cooperative, Basin Electric Power Cooperative. The cooperative will buy power from the 150-megawatt Lindahl Wind Project in Williams County, N.D.

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Developer to rehab historic St. Louis warehouse

A 125-year-old brick warehouse in downtown St. Louis that was built for drying tobacco is about to be converted into apartments. Sherman Associates, a housing developer based in Minneapolis, said work on the project — called Station Plaza — will begin by mid-January.

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Kansas City’s murder count lowest in 42 years

The number of people murdered in Kansas City in 2014, 77, is a 23 percent reduction from 2013, broke a string of six years with more than 100 killings, and is the lowest total since 1972.

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