Morning Minutes: AMC to buy Carmike, KCP&L gets solar approval

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

AMC to acquire Carmike for $1.1 billion

AMC Theatres announced Thursday evening that it will purchase Carmike Cinemas Inc. in a $1.1 billion deal that would make the Leawood company the nation’s largest theater chain. Read more

KCP&L gets approval for its first solar plant

Missouri regulators gave approval to Kansas City Power & Light on Thursday for the company’s first commercial-scale solar plant. Read more

February job growth beats expectations, but wages slip

U.S. employers added 242,000 jobs in February, outpacing projections, but average wages unexpectedly dropped from January, marking the first monthly decline in more than a year. Read more

Senate approves legislation cutting state income taxes for military in Missouri

The Missouri Senate voted on Thursday to eliminate income tax obligations for active-duty Missourians stationed in the state in an effort to make the state more military-friendly. Read more

Beer bill narrowly passes through Senate amid opposition

The Missouri Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow beer manufacturers and wholesalers to lease coolers to liquor stores and gas stations, ostensibly making it more affordable for retailers to sell cold beer. Read more

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