Morning Minutes: Blunt vs. immigration bill, sliding scale coming for jobless benefits?

Photos courtesy Creative Commons
Photos courtesy Creative Commons

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

Blunt leading Senate charge against Obama’s immigration order

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are looking to cut funding for President Barack Obama’s executive order creating an easier pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants, and Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri is leading the charge.

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Schweich expected to announce bid for governor

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is expected to officially launch his 2016 gubernatorial campaign today, joining Former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway as the second prominent Republican to declare for the race.

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Lawmakers seek sliding scale for state jobless benefits

Already one of just nine states limiting unemployment benefits to fewer than 26 weeks, Missouri may see the duration of its jobless benefits drop even more. State legislators want to institute a sliding scale that ties the length of jobless benefits to the state’s unemployment rate.

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Nixon official: Governor doesn’t need lawmaker approval for stadium bonds

Gov. Jay Nixon doesn’t need legislative approval to issue bonds for a new football stadium to keep the Rams in St. Louis, the governor’s administration said Tuesday, resulting in immediate blowback from state lawmakers.

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KC Engineering Zone hopes to seed STEM growth in area

Featuring an array of computers, milling machines, welders, sanders and saws over its 4,200 square feet, the KC Engineering Zone is a sort of playground for the STEM inclined.

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