Morning Minutes: Slay wants $15 minimum wage, Ford to boost KC production

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

Slay wants to boost St. Louis minimum wage to $15 per hour

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is pushing to raise his city’s minimum wage, joining a wave of cities across the nation, including Kansas City, in a move toward increased pay for low-wage workers. A formal bill is expected to be presented to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen by next week, but a draft bill proposes raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020.

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Ford to keep Claycomo plant open longer as it looks to meet demand

Ford Motor Co. will shorten the usual summer shutdown at its Kansas City Assembly Plant and other facilities as it looks to keep pace with demand for its new F-150 pickup and other vehicles.

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Regulators cast doubt on future of wind transmission line

Missouri regulators look likely to nix a proposed transmission line that would move wind power from the Kansas plains to consumers in the east. Only two of five members of the Missouri Public Service Commission expressed support of the Grain Belt Express, the line proposed by Houston-based transmission developer Clean Line Energy.

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Senate Republicans aim to overturn unemployment bill veto

Missouri Senate Republicans say they expect to attempt an override of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill reducing the length of unemployment benefits, despite the Democratic governor’s assertion that it’s too late for the Senate to do so.

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FIFA sponsor A-B InBev applauds soccer regime change

Anheuser-Busch InBev joined a chorus of other major World Cup sponsors in expressing support of regime change at FIFA following the surprise resignation of Sepp Blatter, the president of soccer’s scandal-plagued worldwide governing body.

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