Morning Minutes: KC council votes for minimum wage hike, rising rivers make traffic tough

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

Kansas City Council votes to increase minimum wage to $13 by 2020

After lengthy discussion Thursday of the law’s finer points, the Kansas City Council voted 12-1 in favor of an ordinance to gradually increase the city’s minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2020.

Rising water levels make river traffic tricky

Heavy rainfall in the region continues to cause problems for farmers, with river levels rising so high that grain can’t be sent downriver.

Raytown call center operator to add third office, hire more than 300

USA 800 Inc., a Raytown-based company that operates call centers, has announced it will open a third office within close range of Kansas City. The firm, which already has centers in Raytown and St. Joseph, is hiring 333 at a new location in Lawrence, Kan.

Health insurance rate hikes paint incomplete picture, experts say

Proposed double-digit rate hikes for health insurance plans in Missouri and across the country have led opponents of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act to declare the health care law is unworkable, but many experts suggest those rate hikes don’t tell the whole story.

Chiefs’ Houston sets team, position record with $101 million deal 

A proclivity for quarterback sacks has led to a proliferation of bucks for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston.

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