Morning Minutes: Uncertainties dog spring planting season, Schweich spokesman found dead

Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Spence Jackson's LinkedIn account, Mark Carroll/Flickr, and Aaron Fuhrman/Flickr
Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Spence Jackson’s LinkedIn account, Mark Carroll/Flickr, and Aaron Fuhrman/Flickr

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

Missouri government sees higher turnover as economy improves

A spike in people quitting their jobs is often viewed positively by economists, as a sign of a healthy job market. But for the Missouri state government, turnover is something of an epidemic.

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Farmers ponder options amid expected hit to income

As planting season approaches, farmers in Missouri and across the Midwest must make difficult decisions as they face another year of declining revenue and steady or rising production costs.

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Tom Schweich spokesman Spence Jackson found dead

Spence Jackson, a veteran state official and the media director for former Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, has been found dead in his Jefferson City apartment, according to multiple reports. Jackson’s death is being investigated as a suicide.

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Insurer’s policy change could prove costly for Missouri customers

UnitedHealthcare, the insurer that covers about a quarter of all Missourians, has changed the way it deals with “balance billing,” or the difference between a provider’s charge and the amount allowed by the insurer.

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Solutions scant as state addresses transportation budget woes

Although there seems to be general agreement in Jefferson City about the need to find funds for fixing the state’s aging roads and bridges, there is no clear consensus on the best way to do that.

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