Morning Minutes: KC and St. Louis join global trade initiative, Express Scripts faces lawsuit

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

KC, St. Louis join network to boost global trade

Kansas City and St. Louis have been chosen to join the Global Cities Initiative’s Exchange, an economic development network of 28 cities designed to help municipalities develop foreign trade relationships.

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Gigabit City Summit showcases KC’s high-speed Internet efforts

Business and civic leaders from across the country converged on Kansas City this week to learn about the city’s experiences with gigabit Internet access. Full days of programming Tuesday and Wednesday, including a webcast address from President Barack Obama about Internet connectivity, were designed to show visiting delegations how Kansas City has leveraged its access to ultra-high-speed Internet since Google Fiber arrived in town.

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Express Scripts faces antitrust suit by New York pharmacy

A New York pharmacy filed a federal suit Wednesday against Express Scripts, accusing the St. Louis County-based pharmacy benefits manager of antitrust violations and improper termination of a contract.

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Columbia economic development board won’t endorse ballot issues

The board of directors for Columbia’s Regional Economic Development Inc. will no longer endorse or oppose local ballot initiatives, per a new policy the group established Wednesday.

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Accelerator SparkLabKC announces 10 new startups

SparkLabKC, a Kansas City startup accelerator, has announced its third class of 10 startups, which range from a college sports recruiting website to an online identity authentication service.

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