Morning Minutes: Nixon declares state of emergency, 2016 likely to bring record ballot initiatives

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

State of emergency declared as floods claim lives, clog travel

Heavy rain and flooding across the state on Sunday prompted Gov. Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency, and as of Sunday night the deluge had led to more than 430 flood-related road closings in Missouri, including Interstate 70 in St. Charles County. Read more


2016 likely to bring a number of ballot initiatives

It could be a banner year in Missouri for the 2016 election cycle, with more than 170 proposed ballot initiatives already submitted to state officials. Read more


Push for Missouri tobacco tax takes new road

The Missouri Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (MPCA) is making a first-time initiative petition push for higher taxes on cigarettes and tobacco, and it now says it wants the money to go to transportation. Read more


Expect low unemployment, more workplace churn in 2016

The labor market will continue to be strong in 2016, according to most analysts, but whether individual workers feel the strength will depend on many variables, including their exact job definition. Read more


Missouri may see battle over fantasy sports games

The Missouri Capitol soon could become the latest battleground in the debate over daily fantasy sports. Read more


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