Morning Minutes: Civility urged in minimum wage hearings, Proposed KC hotel a convention magnet?

Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Hyatt Hotels, Arthur Koch/Flickr and Fightfor15.org
Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Hyatt Hotels, Arthur Koch/Flickr and Fightfor15.org

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

Some question if KC hotel will be convention magnet backers hope

For the better part of a decade, some have said that a new convention hotel is what Kansas City needed to become a go-to convention destination. They blamed the lack of such a hotel for Kansas City losing big events it previously hosted and being overlooked as a potential site for others, including the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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Civility urged as St. Louis begins hearings on minimum wage hike

Allan Katz, who leads a Kansas City task force of business leaders and other advocates for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, stresses civil, fact-based discourse when it comes to the minimum wage. “My goal here is to make everybody as reasonable as possible,” he said.

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Board of state’s largest school district urges veto of transfer law

The Springfield school board voted 6-0 on Monday to adopt a resolution calling for Gov. Jay Nixon to reject proposed changes to Missouri’s school transfer laws.

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World Wide Technology wins part of $652 million Army contract

World Wide Technology, the second-largest privately held company in the St. Louis area, is one of six vendors that was chosen for a $652 million enterprise IT modification project for the U.S. Army.

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For loyal Shakespeare’s customers, pizza tops location

Aboma Galatta has been eating at Shakespeare’s Pizza since 1991, and he believes the restaurant’s temporary move to a different building is a “great transition in terms of location.” The iconic Columbia pizza place moved one block from its longtime home last month because the owners of that building are demolishing it to make way for redevelopment. Though the relocation has affected Shakespeare’s business to some extent, Galatta doesn’t mind.

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