Morning Minutes: KC helps blaze Internet public housing trail, Koster fills coffers

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

KC part of pilot for program bringing free Internet to public housing

President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a new initiative to connect residents of public housing to the Internet and provide them with web-enabled hardware. The program will launch this year in Kansas City and 27 other communities nationwide.

Koster adds to fundraising lead, Greitens enjoys big quarter

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has close to $4 million in his campaign coffer after raising nearly $1 million in the last three months to support a bid for governor in 2016.

Monsanto merger met by legislative opposition, hedge fund support

Sen. Dick Durbin and Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant met Tuesday, and the Illinois senator told Grant he would try to change federal law to make it more difficult for companies to move tax liabilities overseas.

Ferguson Starbucks part of company’s new youth employment initiative

When Starbucks opens its first location in Ferguson next year it will be one of at least five of the chain coffee shop’s stores forming a pilot program to help American youth get skills and training needed for employment — even if they don’t work for Starbucks.

Commerce secretary lauds KC startup ideas, ‘competitive nature’ 

Digital Sandbox KC is giving rise to “incredible ideas,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said in a visit to the organization, which provides proof-of-concept resources for early-stage startups.

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