Morning Minutes: Uber, Lyft land top lobbyists, Missouri unemployment ticks up

Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Philip Joens/Missouri Business Alert, Creative Commons, and Krista Gonzales/Flickr
Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Philip Joens/Missouri Business Alert, Creative Commons, and Krista Gonzales/Flickr

Uber, Lyft enlist local lobbyists for regulatory fight

As Uber and Lyft prepare for a fight in Jefferson City over ride-sharing services, the San Francisco companies have enlisted well-known local lobbyists to promote their cause.

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Dairy Farmers of America profit falls despite high milk prices

Dairy Farmers of America, a milk marketing cooperative and dairy foods processor based in Kansas City, reported a 19 percent decrease in profit in 2014 despite sales jumping nearly 40 percent for the year.

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Missouri unemployment ticks up to 5.5 percent in January

Missouri had an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in January, which was up from 5.4 percent in December but marked a significant decrease from the rate of 6.4 percent reported in January 2014, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Tuesday.

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Columbia at center of struggle between state, local laws

College-town politics in Columbia often are at odds with the policies favored by the Republican-dominated Missouri General Assembly 30 miles south in Jefferson City.

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Missouri companies use SXSW to network, grow

Once again this year, thousands of techies, entrepreneurs and other business leaders flocked to Austin, Texas, for a five-day convention that’s part Silicon Valley and part spring break. For two Missouri companies, South by Southwest, or SXSW, offers an enormous chance to network with larger companies, create business connections and grow their own businesses.

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