Morning Minutes: Ethics reform stalls, Coal companies face cleanup responsibilities

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

Ethics push stalls in Missouri Senate

Nearly a week after balking at a plan to create a one-year cooling off period before former lawmakers could become lobbyists, a second proposal designed to ban lobbyist gifts to lawmakers also faltered in the Missouri Senate. Read more

Interior Secretary says struggling coal companies cannot avoid cleanup liabilities

The ailing coal industry must face the costs of cleaning up spent mines even as companies get pushed toward bankruptcy, the U.S. Interior Secretary said on Tuesday. Read more

House committee proposes $8 million in cuts to UM System funding

Two weeks after legislators voted to deny the University of Missouri System a share in a funding increase for state universities, the Missouri House of Representatives Budget Committee proposed about $400,000 in cuts for MU and about $7.7 million for University of Missouri System administration. Read more

Officials say KCI renovation project shouldn’t dramatically affect ticket, parking prices

A $970 million new terminal or major renovation at Kansas City International Airport can be paid for without dramatic increases to ticket or parking prices, airport and airline officials told a City Council committee Tuesday. Read more

Kansas City group abandons challenge to convention hotel

A Kansas City group has thrown in the towel on its campaign against public funding for a planned downtown convention hotel. Read more

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