Morning Minutes: Koster criticizes EPA, MU plans hiring freeze

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

Koster criticizes EPA in open letter

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster criticized the Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday for missing projected deadlines in its cleanup of a radioactive landfill in the Bridgeton area of St. Louis County. Read more

MU plans hiring freeze to counteract expected $32 million shortfall

The University of Missouri will not be filling any non-essential positions for the upcoming school year in an effort to address a $32 million budgetary shortfall, Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced in an emailed memo Wednesday afternoon. Read more

Cerner redevelopment project approved for south KC site

Kansas City’s Tax Increment Financing Commission on Wednesday approved a development agreement for Cerner Corp.’s $4.45 billion campus in south Kansas City. Read more

Square’s revenue jumps in first earnings report since IPO

Mobile payments company Square Inc.’s revenue beat analysts’ predictions in its first quarterly results since going public in November. Read more

Hallmark to buy out parent company Crown Media

Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards announced Wednesday its intentions to acquire all outstanding common stock in Crown Media Holdings, Hallmark’s parent company. Read more

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