Morning Minutes: Kinder joins governor race, UAW negotiations begin

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

Kinder joins field for 2016 Republican gubernatorial nomination

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican who has flirted with the idea of running for governor in the past, said Sunday he is committed to pursuing the state government’s top job in 2016.

Presidential candidates come to KC seeking young Hispanic supporters

With young Latino voters expected to play a critical role in determining the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, three Democratic presidential candidates are scheduled to visit a conference in Kansas City today in hopes of courting potential supporters.

United Auto Workers begins contract negotiations

United Auto Workers contract negotiations that will affect the pay and benefits of tens of thousands of auto workers in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas kick off this week as the union begins meetings with General Motors Co., which operates an assembly plant in Wentzville, near St. Louis. Negotiations between the UAW and Ford Motor Co., which runs a plant in Claycomo, begin July 23.

Missouri hospitals to be paid for quality of knee, hip replacements

The success of knee and hip replacements — the two most common procedures billed by Medicare — will soon determine how much hospitals receive from Medicare to cover the procedures.

St. Louis cab companies bristle at anti-tech label

As the taxi industry has resisted entry by ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft into the St. Louis market, some have portrayed local cab companies as slow to adopt the latest technology. Not so, the cab companies say.

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