Morning Minutes: State budget could be fast tracked, carbon reduction an electrical grid threat?

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

Republican lawmakers seek speedy state budget process

A proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 could move swiftly through the Missouri Legislature this week. House and Senate leaders say they hope to begin meeting by Thursday to hash out differences in the two chambers’ proposed budgets.

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Utilities tie 2020 carbon reduction goals to possible electrical grid threat

St. Louis-based Ameren Corp. and other utility companies are expressing concern that a federal plan to cut carbon emissions poses a threat to the reliability of the U.S. electrical grid. That issue surfaced at a conference last week in St. Louis, where the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sought feedback about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to reduce emissions.

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Revised numbers suggest minimal job growth in St. Louis area

The latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show a gain of 10,700 jobs in the region. That’s a steep decline from early estimates of 17,300 new jobs, and it’s barely higher than the 9,900 jobs created in the area in 2013.

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Missouri Senate approves prescription drug monitoring bill

The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would establish a prescription drug monitoring program in the state. That brings Missouri one step closer to shedding the distinction of being the only state in the country without such a program.

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Demand for vote on St. Louis stadium gains steam

The idea¬†of building a riverfront football stadium in St. Louis without a vote of Missouri’s General Assembly or a citywide referendum is facing growing opposition from officials across the political spectrum.

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