Morning Minutes: Nixon returns from South America, MLS to begin St. Louis search

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

Nixon to return from South America, claims $1 billion in new business

Gov. Jay Nixon will return from a trip to South America today with agreements promising more than $1 billion in new business for Missouri. Read more

Major League Soccer to begin search for downtown St. Louis stadium site

Major League Soccer will begin searching for a stadium site in St. Louis and planning for its financing and operations immediately, the league’s commissioner said Thursday. Read more

Noranda smelter’s struggles could cause ripples for other power customers

Noranda Aluminum’s smelter in southeast Missouri is laying off more than half of its 850 workers, and some question whether the plant will survive the winter. But regardless of the facility’s fate, Ameren Missouri’s largest customer appears likely to affect utility rates for other customers, and it could catalyze changes to the state’s utility laws. Read more

Kroenke, partner want tax dollars for huge Maryland Heights development

A business partner of Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke is seeking to develop 1,800 acres of Maryland Heights flood plain into a vast retail, entertainment, office, residential and sports district. Read more

BNIM pulls out of Crossroads deal

Architecture firm BNIM announced Thursday that is will abandon its headquarters project in the Crossroads district in Kansas City. Read more

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