Morning Minutes: Nixon declares state of emergency, defends ‘Right to Work’ veto

Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons, and Austin Huguelet/Missouri Business Alert
Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons, and Austin Huguelet/Missouri Business Alert

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

Nixon declares state of emergency as floods jeopardize crop planting

Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri as Tropical Depression Bill threatened to turn saturated land in the state into a flood-wracked mess. Heavy rains this week have taken the Mississippi River, Meramec River and other waterways above flood stage, affecting thousands of acres of agricultural land, according to the Governor’s office.

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Arch Grants announces 11 new recipient startups

Arch Grants, the St. Louis-based startup competition that awards promising business plans $50,000 to start or grow, announced its winners for the spring round of applications. The organization changed its awards process last year, expanding to two rounds of applications and awards instead of one in order to allow for more feedback and opportunities to applying businesses.

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Nixon defends ‘Right to Work’ veto amid union donation outcry

Amid protests by Missouri Republicans over a recent donation by the national AFL-CIO, Governor Jay Nixon dismissed the timing of the donation while defending his veto of the “Right to Work” bill as right for the state. The bill would have prevented businesses and unions from requiring that all bargaining employees pay union dues.

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Claure calls for end to Sprint network sales excuses

Now that Sprint’s mobile network has risen into a tie with Verizon for the best in Kansas City, CEO Marcelo Claure is calling for an end to excuses from the company’s salespeople about network issues slowing sales. In fact, he wants to turn every employee into a salesperson to evangelize the improvements.

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Latest St. Louis accelerator will focus on sports-related startups

St. Louis will soon welcome a new startup accelerator to its ranks, and this one brings an unusual twist: It’s entirely focused on startups in sports-related businesses.

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