Morning Minutes: No public vote on KC convention hotel, Peabody struggles

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

KC convention hotel proposal will not go to voters

In a significant victory for Kansas City downtown convention hotel boosters, a judge ruled Thursday that petitioners challenging the hotel financing are not entitled to a public vote. Read more

Peabody struggles to stay afloat in crumbling industry

St. Louis-based coal company Peabody Energy released its fourth-quarter results that capped off a year in which it lost more than $2 billion. Read more

More tech companies choose KC’s Crossroads, land funding

San Francisco-based Pramata, an advanced data analysis company, has joined the ranks of Kansas City’s growing tech community and opened an office in the Crossroads Arts District. Read more

Garmin buys Maine-based GPS products company

Swiss-based Garmin Ltd. will purchase DeLorme, a Maine company that produces maps and hand-held satellite communications. Read more

Prolonged presidential races would raise relevance of Missouri primary

The New Hampshire primary did little to settle the presidential races in either the Democratic or Republican parties. In fact, results from primary season’s second stop seem to have increased the likelihood of prolonged presidential races, which would make Missouri’s March 15 primary a more pivotal and hard-fought affair. Read more

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