Morning Minutes: Wage protests continue, Southwest unveils Missouri One

Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Fightfor15.org, Consolidated Oil and Well Services, LLC and Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Fightfor15.org, Consolidated Oil and Well Services, LLC and Bill Greenblatt/UPI

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

Panera looks to sell 73 stores, increase stock buyback

Panera Bread Co. plans to sell and refranchise 73 company-owned stores and increase its share buyback program to $750 million, the Sunset Hills-based company announced Wednesday.

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Southwest CEO unveils Missouri plane, talks KCI renovation

Southwest Airlines chief executive Gary Kelly celebrated his company’s history in Missouri and weighed in on the future of Kansas City’s airport during a tour through the Show-Me State on Wednesday.

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‘Fight for 15′ protests draw mix of supporters in KC, St. Louis

Outside fast-food restaurants, at public parks and on college campuses, low-wage workers in Kansas City and St. Louis on Wednesday joined the national call for a $15 per hour minimum wage and unionization.

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Koster leads all Missouri candidates with $3.2M in campaign funds

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has the largest stockpile of funds in the race for Missouri governor in 2016, with more than $3.2 million in the bank, according to campaign filings that were due Wednesday.

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Small oil producers hunker down, work to weather price plunge

Gas prices dipping to their lowest levels since 2009 may be pleasing to American drivers at the pump, but Midwestern oil producers are feeling the pain at their small wells.

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